Following on from Tyre Safety Month 2013, Bettertyres is highlighting some of the dangers of buying part-worn tyres.
We appreciate that times are hard and it can be a very real temptation to buy cheaper secondhand tyres rather than looking for a new set of tyres, but real danger is incurred when unsuspecting motorists inadvertently purchase tyres which are completely different from one another and have different levels of tread left. And then there is the question of defects and accident damage.
Annecdotal comment suggests there are quite big volumes of low quality secondhand tyres being sold. They are often called “Warrant of Fitness Tyres” and barely meet WOF requirements. Bettertyres conceeds this trade is legal but is concerned that this potentially dangerous cocktail of almost worn out, often accident damaged and defect ridden tyres is totally unregulated. You may be wanting to say that the WOF check takes care of defects and accident damage and it does to a limited extent. But the problem is that damage and defects are not always visible, especially when the tyre is mounted on a wheel and inflated.
There is a need for a very clear set of regulations to control the legal sale of used tyres so retailers have standards to adhere to. Possible requirements would be that tyres undergo a thorough visual inspection for illegal repairs and damage etc, be pressure tested, have at least 4 mm of tread and be permanently marked as second hand tyres and be no more than 6 years old.
Just one more step on the path to Bettertyres……..