Looks can be deceiving with part worn tyres, warns expert

2nd May 2012

A leading independent expert has warned that when it comes to part-worn tyres, all that glitters is definitely not gold.

Ted Foreman is one of the main authorities on the subject of safe compound use and this week he took time out of his busy schedule to offer some sage advice on the subject of part worn tyres.

Part worn compounds have become an increasingly attractive prospect among motorists eager to make savings on their day-to-day driving expenses.

However, as Mr Foreman explained in an interview with Auto Express, while these tyres may seem perfect in the garage, they can prove to be highly dangerous.

“In many cases, these tyres look great. They have loads of tread and could fool you into thinking they’re a bargain,” he said.

“But when you buy them, you inherit their dodgy history – every time they ran up a kerb, every accident, every time the owner drove on them under-inflated.”

The UK currently adheres to strict rules on the sale of part-worn compounds, with regulations relating back to the Consumer Protection Act.

Mr Foreman advised motorists still eager to purchase these second-hand goods to seeking advice from an established tyre-fitting service which can inspect any purchases thoroughly.

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