All Part Worn Tyres Stuff

All Part Worn Tyres Stuff

Of course, we must keep on trying to stamp out the people who are selling these death traps. So, here in the UK we even import the old tyres that Germany taken off their cars. Explicitly, a stupid state of affairs it makes me feel sick.

In the UK, also fit Partworns  from junk yards, not knowing anything about it. We just fit these Unsafe deadly Tyres onto our cars, not knowing what dangers lurk inside them  and they could blow out at any time. Good luck to the RMA in America.

Quentin Willson discusses part worn tyre dangers

Quentin Willson discusses part worn tyre dangers-the dangers of part worn tyres

Quentin Willson discusses part worn tyre dangers

Quentin Willson discusses part worn tyre dangers

This video is really welcome. because as we all know Quentin Willson, is a well known public face in the auto industry, here in the UK. In my opinion, we cant get enough.Thus, about educating the public about the false economy. hence, of buying these death trap tyres. The most annoying part of this subject. As expected, came about in the 1990’s. We then campaigned against these possible deadly tyres to be removed. Hence, a new law came out. This law raised the standards and most of us legitimate tyre dealers were happy with this.

Then for some reason, everything went to pot. More and more of these tyre shops started to open. Thus selling tyres that do not comply to the law. In other words, illegal tyres.

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=partworn+tyres

Text from the video.

Quentin not only discusses the dangers of part worn tyres but puts them to the test on a wet track to show you just how dangerous they can be. At speeds of only 25 miles an hour Quentin can feel the car beginning to lose control. We at HiQ urge you not to take the risk of buying part worn tyres. If you want to know more just check out our website at http://www.hiqonline.co.uk/Tyres/Part-Worn-Tyres/Real-Cost-of-Part-Worn-Tyres/

NEW TYRES cost Less than Part Worn tyres

NEW TYRES cost

New tyres cost- works out cheaper

Let me start off. Thus, by saying that this is not the first time this debate has reared its head before. Thus, the problem mostly occurs when we are in a recession. Naturally, motorists have to make cost-cutting measures in their budgets. Which means them looking for cheap tyres in Halifax. This is when the debate begins.

In the last bad economic squeeze. Hence, in the 1990s the EU and the UK Government had the same problem. As we are having now. Businesses selling tyres were tempted to store. As a result, any good looking tyre that they removed. hence, to sell on as part worn tyres. This was to try to keep their companies up and running. They were mainly small type tyre shop type businesses. Who saw this as the only way out.

Also, people saw this as an opportunity. So to make some easy money. As a result, and started going round tyre retailers. Collecting their so-called “old scrap tyres”. They would then pick out the so called part worn tyres.Selling them on to the  careless motorists. In fact, I know one dealer that did so well. That he went to night school to learn German so that he could go live in Germany and set up business sifting through the Germans old tyres to re-sell here in the UK.

All these methods of obtaining second-hand tyres were flawed by the fact that the tyres were never tested. Although most of these tyres would probably have been alright, some were not and it was pot luck whether you got the good ones or the bad ones.

NEW TYRES cost

After much pressure from the tyre industry and consumer groups, a new set of rules and laws were devised to protect the consumer. “IF YOU CLICK THIS LINK YOU WILL SEE WHAT

NEW TYRES cost,

39/365 Tired (Photo credit: Mykl Roventine)

THEY WERE” http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1994/3117/regulation/7/made.

To me, the most important part is the fact that the part worn tyre must say”PART WORN” in capital letter on the tyre and it must be vulcanised not written or cut out in the sidewall. So if you just can not afford a new or remould tyre, please check this out, if it does not say this on , please do not have it fitted. This is the actual wording of part 12.

In order for a mark to meet the requirements of this paragraph, it must consist of the word “PART-WORN” in upper case letters at least 4 millimetres high and must have been permanently and legibly applied to the tyre other than by hot branding or otherwise cutting into the tyre

Unfortunately, we are now in yet another rescission and the same problems are cropping up as in the 90s. The problem is that we now have a new generation of tyre shops spring up all over the country selling part worn tyres. Unfortunately, we appear to back where we were before the 90’s tyre laws came out with people selling tyres that have not been tested and without the part, worn labels vulcanised on. This is more of a problem because our roads and motorways have become much faster and much more congested, and may turn a tyre blow-out into a major motorway incident ?.

NEW TYRES cost; Go for the  cheap new tyres they work out at a less cost than part worn tyres.

TyreSafe is now trying to educate the motorist about the dangers of unchecked part worn tyres. More importantly, they have investigated the “MYTH” that part worn tyres are cheaper than NEW TYRES cost. In fact according to their figures, priced in millimetres of tread new tyres are actually cheaper than part worn tyres. This is an average cost because new tyre prices differ. With motoring costs reaching record levels, a growing number of drivers are choosing part worn tyres in the belief that they offer better value. However, TyreSafe’s investigation into NEW TYRES cost also disproved this myth as it found that the average cost per mm of the useable tread of the part worn tyres was £6.33, whereas the comparable cost when selecting an equivalent new tyre was 16 per cent lower at £5.32. Please use the link bellow for the excellent article.

http://www.tyrereviews.co.uk/Article/Part-Worn-Tyres.htm      

new tyres cost

NEW TYRES cost-part worn tyres are ok if they are inspected and labelled

Part Worn Tyres Investigates

Part Worn Tyres Investigates-Look at these Dangerous used tyres for sale

Part Worn Tyres Investigates

Part Worn Tyres Investigates

This video could be about any town and city across the world. Consequently, it shows yet more people selling illegal and dangerous part worn tyres. Thus, I have been campaigning for years to have these tyres removed from the streets of the UK. To no avail? In fact the backstreet tyre shops that sell these illegal tyres are getting more common.

In my opinion, I do feel that this is a response to the people who are supposed to police this thing, the “Trading Standards”. Trading Standards, have been watered down by UK government cut-backs. Of course, certain members of the press and TV has picked up on this problem. Therefore we are starting to get the part worn tyre problem published.

Tyresafe.org are very pro-active in making the correct authorities aware of the problem. For this reason, another frightening aspect of this is the fact that, public taxis are now fitting these death traps onto cars. Hence, that drive the public around day and night. They should be made to display a warning sign on the side of their taxis, warning about the dangers of the lethal tyres.

Part Worn Tyres Investigates

https://www.pellonautocentre.com/?s=partworn+tyres

This is text from the video.

As consumers look to save hundreds of dollars on used tires, KOB Eyewitness News 4 found some Albuquerque shops selling worn out tires that police consider “dangerous” and “illegal.”

Some of the tires purchased by KOB Eyewitness News 4 were so worn, even the tread indicators on the tires were barely visible.
Tire industry representatives believe the economy has people turning to potentially dangerous used tires more often.
“We hear particularly with the recession that more people may be turning to used tires, as an alternative. They may have lost their job, they have financial pressures, their vehicle needs tires, but they may not be able to afford new tires. And a used tire may be an attractive alternative,” Daniel Zielinski of the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association said.
Zielinski said the used tire industry is difficult to track.

Illegal Car Tyre Re-cutting

Cheap New Tyres- are they false economy ? NO Not compared to Part Worn Tyres

Cheap New Tyres-Part Worn Tyres

Cheap New Tyres

Cheap New Tyres are better than part worn ones

Our customers will buy what they can afford to buy. Hence, in these times of tight recession and strict household budgets. (I myself do not blame them and sometimes will go for the cheap option).

I think that it may be worth pointing out that cheap part worn tyres “are what they really are”.Most of the cheaper brands are copies of tyres (many using inferior quality ingredients) that are made by the major tyre companies and usually made in the far East and China. There is nothing wrong with tyres made in China. Because all imported tyres into the European Union will shortly have to be tested for different qualities. Thus, due to the impending new labelling system. That comes into force later on this year. Therefore, and all imported tyres will have to have certain standards.

Cheap Tyres- are they false economy? that is classed as economy or budgets. Hence, are fine to buy.For this reason, they should not be any threat to road safety. In my opinion, are a much less threat than buying Part Worn Tyres UK or remoulds. The later being the safest of the two choices. Remember it is your own and your families safety.That should be considered when buying all types of car tyres.

Cheap New Tyres

I think it should also be pointed out that (in my opinion), the customers with the newer, larger and faster cars should consider the options when buying new ones. It may be worth remembering that you may be putting you and your family at risk by fitting inferior products with perhaps the wrong speed rating or load rating for your particular car. If you do own a larger car you may consider dropping to a mid-range tyre we at Pellon tyres recommend a make called General tyres, one of the differences is that car tyre makers, participate in motor sport events and use the information gained to develop a better product for the consumer, cheap tyres do not offer any of this, they are simply copied as I have stated earlier in this blog,

Cheap New Tyres- are they a false economy are a good option

As I have stated if you are financially stretched it may be worth considering a drop to a mid-range tyre. The Mid-Range Tyres are also much better in quality to cheap tyres imported from the far east.

Motorists who have normal family cars will be fine on economy new tyres whilst the guys who drive Mercedes and BMWs, should really stick to the original equipment standards of the tyres that were on their cars as original equipment , this type of car was developed in the design stage to work with the tyres that are fitted when the car was new, and the tyres should be fitted to the same standard as the old tyres.

To finish you are still better buying cheap tyres that are new and not any other tyre types, safety should always come first. In short, most people are sensible to choose the product for the price that suits them. Some motorists go for Part Worn Car Tyres, this is fine but they should remember that a law was brought out in 1995 that states that part worn tyres  should be pressure tested and inspected before labelling as safe to use, if the ones you are buying do not have this test label please do not buy them you simply do not know where they have been, opt for budget new ones instead.

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts

Part Worn Tyres Expensive – “You DO NOT SAVE YOU MONEY in the long run”

Post Updated 19th Dec 2013

Part Worn Tyres Expensive-Proof that part worn tyres work out more expensive in the long run

Most tyre experts and motoring organisations are very concerned about the amount of part worn tyres are now fitted here in the UK. The latest motoring organisation to voice their opinion is the very respectful Motorcodes, of which we at Pellon tyres are members (and proud to be so).

 

These Part Worn Tyres Expensive are generally imported from countries such as Germany, where tyres are generally removed at 3 mil. These Part Worn Tyres Expensive look fine from the outside but there is no saying what Part Worn Tyres Expensivedamage lies under the surface of the tread and could be very dangerous indeed. We are effectively buying old tyres from Germany, the tyres that the Germans throw away as no good any more, I cant believe that we would do such a thing. Part Worn Tyres Expensive also offer a danger to other motorists on the road, they put other drivers at risk because people think they are saving money.

In 1994 part worn tyres came under a law called the “Motor Vehicle Tyres Safety Regulations”, these regulations were to ensure that part worn tyres were properly tested and labelled as such, if people buy tyres that have been tested then this is deemed as ok and suitable for the use on roads, but the Part Worn Tyres Expensive we have come across do not appear to have any checks on them and no label. All part worn tyres must be labelled as such. They must have the words ‘PART- WORN’ marked in capital letters. This must be permanent and legible. (I think this is to give other road users the chance to get out of the way

Many more part worn tyres are now sold because of the economic recession. A recent excellent survey regarding how cheap a part worn tyre really is has been studied and written by a tyre industry expert Stuart Carr. I have posted a link to Stuarts blog and I hope you will click to see that

 part worn tyres cost “MORE” than new tyres in the long run in real terms

To finalise any garage that are in Motorcodes will not endorse the sale of part worn tyres.

  http://www.stuartcarr.blogspot.com/         Click this link for an excellent blog

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

 

Motorhome Load Ratings

Part Worn Tyres Horror Story-Just 13 of 152 part worn dealers retailing legal tyres-Tyresafe.org

Part Worn Tyres Horror Story

Part Worn Tyres Horror Story

Part Worn Tyres Horror Story

Supplied by Tyresafe.org press release- Investigations by TyreSafe in partnership with Trading Standards over the past five years. So, have revealed a staggering 139 of the 152 part worn outlets. Consequently, visited were selling illegal and unsafe tyres to unsuspecting motorists. That leaves just 13 dealers selling roadworthy tyres. Of course,taken from inspections spanning from Scotland to London.

Tyres are an essential factor in road safety. Given these points, as the only part of a vehicle in touch with the road. Tyres provide the grip which both braking and steering systems depend upon to be effective. Driving with defective tyres will mean a vehicle takes longer to stop. Subsequently, be more difficult to control when cornering. A typical Part Worn Tyres Horror Story !

However, TyreSafe and Trading Standards investigations have highlighted. Part worn retailers are either ignoring their responsibilities when selling tyres. At the same time, do not have the required skill to serve motorists properly. During test purchases. Some have fitted tyres with water in them to wheels. From time to time, others have provided the wrong size of tyre. Be that as it may, the  supplying  of examples with nails. Including, other objects embedded in them is all too common.

A recent case has resulted in part worn retailer Hemel Tyres in Bury Road, Hemel Hempstead. Being ordered to pay over £7,000 in fines and costs. Following prosecution by Hertfordshire Trading Standards. In reaching their verdict the magistrates said they were shocked at the case. Not considering the potential implications of selling unsafe tyres. In determining the penalties. So, they said that they had considered a custodial sentence and if there were further offences it was highly likely to result in prison for the retailer.

Terry Hone, Executive Member for Community Safety, said:

“We hope that this sends a message to the part-worn tyre market in Hertfordshire that we take these matters very seriously. Our consumers should be able to expect that any tyre they buy for road use complies with safety standards.”

Stuart Jackson, Chairman of TyreSafe, said: “TyreSafe applauds the magistrates’ comments and penalties in this latest conviction but it must be acknowledged that the retail of dangerous and defective tyres by part worn dealers is unacceptably commonplace nationwide.

“While the shocking findings of joint investigations may reveal some part worn dealers are compliant, even if it is fewer than one-in-ten, motorists have a 90 per cent chance of visiting an outlet selling illegal tyres. As far as TyreSafe is aware, there is no other retail sector with such an atrocious track record. Let’s remember these Part Worn Tyres Horror Story dealers, are selling safety critical components – when tyres are driven in an un-roadworthy condition, a vehicle’s braking and steering are compromised, and road users are put at significant risk of a catastrophic tyre failure.

Similar article- https://www.pellonautocentre.com/part-worn-tyres-2/

Nail in your Sidewall

Part Worn tyres Guy Fined-Guilty verdict for illegal part worn tyre seller – FleetNews

Part Worn tyres Guy Fined
part worn tyres

A Lincolnshire tyre retailer faces up to 12 months in prison along with a £20,000 fine after being found guilty of supplying unsafe part worn tyres to the public.

 

A Lincolnshire tyre retailer faces up to 12 months in prison. Including, along with a £20,000 fine. So,after being found guilty of supplying unsafe part worn car tyres to the public.

Good news for the battle against dodgy traders. Selling these unsafe tyre products to unsuspecting but gullible public.

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/Part+Worn+Tyres+Policy

Illegal Part Worn tyres

This is one of my pet hates. The fact that people are allowed to sell these illegal part worn tyres. Of course, and get away with it, (well some of them). This is not the first time that the part worn tyre problem has come to haunt the industry. It last raised its ugly head in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.

There was a huge outcry from within the tyre industry. Consequently, which eventually led to the Government setting certain standards. Of course, that would allow part worn tyres to be sold legally. These are listed below courtesy of tyresafe.org.

Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act, it is an offense for anyone to sell Part Worn Tyres UK that do not meet the following principal requirements:

1-   The structural integrity must not be compromised. It should be free of large cuts, any bulges or lumps both internally and externally. No plies or cords should be exposed.

2- Tyres must have passed an inflation test prior to sale.

3- The original grooves must still be clearly visible in their entirety and must be to a depth of at least 2mm across the full breadth of the tread, around its entire circumference.

part worn tyres

This tyre was sold as used and still had a nail on the inside which was wearing away at the side-wall. The people that sell these do not care a hot about the drivers safety.

4-  Part worn tyres which have not been retreaded must clearly show the relevant ‘E’ mark alongside which ‘PART-WORN’ must be permanently and legibly applied in letters at least 4 mm high. These words cannot be hot branded or cut into the tyre.

5- Part-worn tyres that have been retreaded must have one of the following:

BS AU 144b, 144c, 144d, or 144e markings on the side wall (if first supplied as a retread on or before 31 December 2003 an ECE approval mark (if first supplied as a retread on or after 1 January 2004)

A permanent mark to identify the original model and manufacturer.

So,the word ‘RETREAD’ moulded onto or into its sidewall (in upper case letters at least 4 mm high) and further markings in accordance with ECE rules. You may need to seek further advice as to which rules apply

The indication ‘PART WORN’ must also appear next to the BS or ECE approval mark, or next to the word ‘RETREAD’

For tyres marked BS AU 144e, a speed category symbol and load capacity marking should be present.

A tyre has to comply with all these requirements whether or not it is fitted to a rim.

– See more at: http://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/part-worn-tyres/part-worn-tyres-and-the-law#sthash.7yuu0qZi.dpuf

Part Worn tyres Guy Fined

These rules (laws) were brought out to try and make re-used old ones  safer when sold to the unsuspecting public. After a few years things appeared to level off and the industry thought that things had calmed down.

Part worn tyres raise their ugly heads again

Then came yet another recession! So, the tyre industry began to suffer once again. Importantly, with the rise again of the illegal waste tyre trader. Small bucket shops began to open up all over the country. Selling any old tyre rubbish as Part Worn tyres. I thought that there would be no way that the public would buy from such places, but I was wrong?

Not only was I wrong but these tyres were being sold with total disregard for the 1994 regulations, it is as though they never existed? Many trade bodies have been lobbying our government and people like me have been venting our frustration at the way that these tyres have been openly sold without any regard to safety or the 1994 regulations.

My main concern is purely the safety aspects for the thousands of motorists that buy these things, not knowing there condition or where they came from. It is good however that some trading standards department are once again raiding the premises of these people and prosecuting them for their actions. This is also occurring in the USA, the whole world is finally opening their eyes to the vast safety problem associated with these part worn accidents waiting to happen.

Eric Roberts

Eric Roberts
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. Members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Also sell Toyo Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk. So, by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Offering courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work. So, who leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards. Lastly, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Illegal Car Tyre Re-cutting

Illegal Car Tyre Re-cutting-What next? this is extremely dangerous?

Illegal Car Tyre Re-cutting

Re-cutting Car Tyres-is it common practice in some countries?

So,when I first saw the video at the bottom of this post! Incredibly, I was truly shocked and amazed at the same time . At first I was outraged at what was going on and so was the writer of the original article. But I began to realise that this practice does actually go on in other countries around the world.

Illegal Car Tyre Re-cutting

This tyre was a part worn that had a massive repair done to the sidewall and only lasted for two days, before letting the lady customer down in a town centre.

The video has been filmed with a sense of pride. Of course, by the guy who is doing the actual tyre re-cutting. Unfortunately, it reminds me of the time when I used to re-cut truck tyres. Re-cutting tyres was carried out when I worked for a national company years ago. I know that we can re-cut truck tyres ! Of course, as long as we stick to the rules and regulations. Set out for us to follow. But the practice of re-cutting car tyres, has up to now been unheard of.Unless somebody can point out where this is a legal thing to do?

Bad tyre repair cases are now cropping up now on the part worn tyres

I am sure that many of you tyre professionals out there have come across some pretty bad examples of things that are related to part worn tyres. There seems to be little care or thought towards the safety or the law where the part worn market is concerned.

Only last Saturday we had customer in that bought two part worn tyres fitted about two weeks before. Only to find that they had completely fitted the wrong size, they were not even a legal match, they were far too small. When the customer was questioned as to why he had allowed this he said that the guy told him that it was perfectly alright and he also said that he felt a little threatened by the guys attitude, when he was questioning him about the wrong size.

This sort of thing is just the tip of the iceberg

The worst ones are the bad repairs that have been carried out by these people. We have seen some horrific cases. Where the tyre has only lasted a few days before blowing out. Of course,  in some cases these tyres never keep their pressure. Unfortunately, the customer brings them into us for sorting out.

The thing that I cannot understand though. Is that I have never met one customer. Who wants to go back where they bought the dodgy tyres, to complain. Perhaps some drivers are so hard up financially. That they have no choice but to buy these things. So, when problems arise they dare not go back in fear of been intimidated by these people.

Re-cutting

This tyre had a clear side-wall failure, that was fitted to the inside.we picked up the problem when the customer said that he had a bad wheel wobble?.

Dodgy tyre dealers must know that they are breaking the law. When they sell the public these things. So do you have to be a special type of person sell them in the first place.  Looking at the state of some of the premises, it is a wonder that people go there in the first place! But as I say people can and must be desperate to keep their cars on the road. Including buying part worn tyres for their cars.

To go back to this video; I cannot recognize the language of the people that  who are Car Tyre Tread Grooves Re-cutting ? But it could even be here in the UK.

I only hope that these do not make their way to our shores !

but nothing surprises me to what lengths these people will go to, to make money. As I have said on many occasions I see nothing wrong with selling Illegal Car Tyre Re-cutting ,part worn tyres as long as they were processed and sold within the law of our land.

Another fact that has come to my attention came to me from Serge Dejeen…In ETRTO recommendations it’s clear re-grooving of passenger car tyres is not permitted.
Extract of ETRTO “Re-grooving or re-cutting: Re-grooving or re-cutting consists of cutting a pattern in the base of the tread, deeper than the original pattern, to prolong mileage performance. Re-grooving or re-cutting of passenger car tyres is not permitted.
Note should be taken of national legislation.”
ETRTO= European Tyre and Rym Technical Organisation, is a professional organisation of standardization (as well as JATMA and TRA).

Please take a look at this video and let me know what you think??

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. Selling tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk . So by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. Of course we offer courtesy cars to local motorists. Needing to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. Also an official MOT testing station and are members of Trading Standards. Finally, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship

Bald Tyres

Dangerous Tyres-One in five UK cars is fitted with ‘dangerous’ tyres | This is Money

Dangerous Tyres

Dangerous Tyres

These figures do not surprise me one little bit ?

So, next time you are one of the “sardines” driving up and down British motorways, think about the one in five cars that are passing you.

I know that it does not work out quit like that but I think you have got the gist of what I mean.

As a tyre guy all my life. So, I am sad enough to look at almost every car tyre that I pass. Even on a morning when I walk my dogs, then I look at the state of the tyres on the cars parked up.

I wish I could spray them bright red or yellow so to catch the eye of the drivers?

Drivers just seam oblivious to  the condition of their cars tyres. Organisations like Tyresafe.org are trying to make drivers aware of the state of their tyres and bloggers in the tyre trade keep on harping on about it. But I fear that it is all dropping on deaf ears.

 

Eric Roberts

Comparison site Confused.com said it conducted 1,000 vehicle spot checks up and down the country and found that 21 per cent had at least one tyre that need to be replaced.

Source: One in five UK cars is fitted with ‘dangerous’ tyres | This is Money

NTDA Want Part Worn Tyres Banned

Am I getting soft on Part Worn Tyres? 22% of British Drivers Now Using Them-should we be worried?

Part Worn Tyres

 These are very alarming figures 22%, almost a quarter of the driving public are buying these part worn tyres

But I am now thinking differently about the problem. In my opinion the Part Worn Tyres market has increased due to the financial crisis and a lot of young families are having to make

part worn tyres

This tyre came from a car recently and was bought as a part worn tyre. the so called repair in the tyre only lasted 2 weeks before failing. The lady bought this tyre with good intent, not knowing that it was indeed rubbish.

huge economic changes in their household budgets, but they regard their car as sanctity, a necessity, they will keep it running at whatever cost, even if it means running the car without insurance or road tax.

This is also where part worn tyres come into it. If it means keeping the car running then they will pay say £20 for a part worn tyre, I do not think that they care about its condition, all I can say is that they must trust the person that they are buying from, as long as it gets them about and they can keep their car running.

It is the tyre industry that should make sure that the tyres that these people are using are in fact safe to use and come under the Part Worn Tyres law (Under The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 (reg.7.) part of the Consumer Protection Act) that we have here in the UK and probably other countries too.

17% of drivers would also keep buying part worn tyres.

In my opinion the economic crisis has hit us all to the extent that we will probably never recover again. The retail market place has changed considerably over the past years, with consumers having to make huge cuts in their spending habits. This includes everybody, and I have to admit that includes my family. We are changing our shopping habits and the companies that are making changes to cope with the lack of consumer spending are becoming the winners.

Starting at the top of the chain, families are now shopping on a daily or twice weekly basis. Here in the UK the winners are becoming the smaller chains such as Lidl and Aldi, who are pushing the huge supermarket customers into second place, primarily because of the changing shopping habits of the consumers. We also having the cheaper clothing retailers who are doing well in this climate, stores such as Primark are sweeping the floor with much cheaper clothing than the high street stores, who are suffering from the general downsizing of the consumers.

In my opinion this is also the same problem that is affecting the tyre market at the moment.

Drivers at the lower end of the economic scale are forced to buy part worn tyres to keep their cars on the road. According to the recent survey 17% of these drivers would also consider a repeat purchase of part worn tyres, which could mean that these people are taken out of the new car tyre market altogether. There has always been a slice of the tyre market that have bought second hand tyres, but this time the increase is quiet significant and is effecting many of the smaller tyre retailers up and down the country.

Fighting back with cheap budget tyres

One of the knock on effects of this gap in the market place is the price deflation of the budget tyre brands. My own business has seen a Sharpe increase in the cheap new tyre market. The manufacturers that are suffering are the mid-range tyre market and the leading companies appear to be holding their own, we are still getting our customers asking for their favorite brands. These are usually the older drivers that are known as the “Silvers” and that include me?

These are the drivers that will stick to Michelin and Dunlop and can still afford to pay the price for them.

I am only forming my opinion on the facts that are affecting my tyre business here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. But asking about and traveling around has opened my eyes to the number of part worn tyre bucket shops that have opened up in the last few years has quadrupled. The increase in these operations has opened my eyes to the extent of our industry wide problem. We seem to be more at the battle front in the poorer northern towns, especially the ones with a large immigrant population, such as Halifax.

Part worn tyres are also affecting the large companies

This problem probably multiplies the more depots that you own , so the huge tyre companies such as kwik-Fit must be pulling their hair out, in fact This recent survey was financed by Kwik-Fit and its findings were released to the rest of the industry. Roger Griggs of Kwik-Fit said…

“This research highlights the problems that British drivers have experienced with part worn tyres. Many of the second hand tyres sold in the UK are brought in from Europe by the container-load, having been taken off cars across the Channel. Motorists considering a part worn tyre should perhaps ask why a tyre that is no longer good enough for a Dutch, German or Danish driver would be good enough for them.

‘We recognise that drivers are keen to keep their motoring costs low, and we work hard to provide products and services to help them do that. There comes a point where cutting costs can compromise safety and this is especially true with tyres. After all, these are the only thing connecting a car with the road, so we urge drivers to consider whether they really need to opt for the unknown quality of second hand tyres.”

My problem with part worn tyres is the number that are found failing due to the damage that was already present

Of course, when the tyres were fitted to the new customers car. This is due to the fact that tyres that are sold are not sold legally. Here in the UK we have a set of rules that states that part worn tyres should be tested for any faults or damage or objects in the tyres and the tyre s should be checked whilst under pressure. Then after the tyre is checked and found to OK, then a special patch should be stuck (vulcanized) to the tyre with the name of the company or tester displayed on the tyre.

I now know that the effect of part worn tyres on the businesses of reputable tyre retailers

Having forced them to start selling these part worn tyres themselves and in a way I cannot blame them. One guy that I know has set up a separate small depot specifically for selling these tyres. He has kept the two companies separate for obvious reasons, but at least he is now clawing some of the lost business back and he is also running the operation within the current part worn tyre laws.

I can now understand better the predicament that many people find themselves in. Forced by financial circumstances, to buy these second hand tyres. So, thinking that we have all been affected by this crisis and will be for some time to come.

Now believing that they is a place for part worn tyres, but they must be bought and sold within the law and we must get rid of these people who sell all the rubbish and dangerous tyres, by strengthening the current laws and more importantly, to clamp down on these dodgy tyre businesses that sell this rubbish through stronger law enforcement.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.

Eric Roberts