How to buy cheap tyres

12th, January 2009

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Cheap replacement tyres

Good tyres are crucial for safe and fuel-efficient driving. But when they wear out, replacing them can be expensive, setting you back hundreds of pounds.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to buy cheap tyres – without compromising on safety.

The first thing to consider is which tyres need replacing. Although you should ideally replace all of your car tyres at once, it’s rarely practical because front and rear tyres wear at different rates.

To help maintain stability in extreme conditions like emergency braking and cornering, you should fit the new or least worn tyres on the rear axle.



When do I need to replace my tyres?

You should change tyres when the tread is below about 2mm, when you notice damage, or when you suffer a flat that cannot be repaired. 

By law, car tyres must have a tread depth of at least 1.6mm across three quarters of the tread width, around the full circumference.

But a tyre’s ability to grip, especially in wet conditions, will vary well before this, so start looking around when the depth reaches 2mm-3mm. A new tyre has about 8mm depth.

According to statistics from VOSA, the body in charge of MOT tests, defective tyres and wheels accounted for a fifth of MOT failures in 2007.

Which cheap tyres are suitable for my car?

Check your car’s handbook to see which size and specification of tyres you should be using.

Using tyres other than the type originally specified for your car is discouraged as it can seriously affect handling.

It’s also dangerous – and illegal – to mix different types of tyres on the same axle. The only exception is for spare tyres that were originally provided with the car.


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