Used tyres 'create 0 economy'

With more motorists feeling the pinch financially, there has been a rise in purchases of second-hand tyres.

Research carried out for Kwik Fit revealed that 6% of drivers - 1.9 million people - have chosen to buy used tyres for their car in the last 12 months.

Experts at the tyre specialist have warned that while buying part-worn tyres might seem like a great way to save money, it can sometimes create a 0 economy and become a possible safety risk.

Drivers might want to think twice about buying used tyres after the warning, as the potential increase in car insurance premiums or breakdown costs could far outweigh the savings made on a used tyre.

David White, customer services director at Kwik Fit, pointed out that motorists might be better off just buying a new tyre to ensure their safety.

"It's natural for drivers to try to keep their motoring costs low, especially in these times of economic hardship," he said.

"However, with part-worn tyres, what seems a bargain at first glance just doesn't add up.

"Drivers could get much more for their money with a new tyre, and even more importantly, will be able to drive in the knowledge that their safety hasn't been compromised."

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