Used car tyres?Are Drivers Really Worried Which TYRES they Fit to Their Cars?

 

 

Used car tyres

Which TYRES  should they Fit On Their Cars? Not Used car tyres

Along the line. I have written many articles about the use of Used car tyres. Some have been posted to LinkedIn. Hence,  I have received many different replies. Consequently, from other garage and tyre shop owners across the World. This information gives me some feedback. Also, a bigger picture of what other people in the same industry are feeling. Thus, about an individual subject, including the use of part worn, or Used car tyres. Here in the UK Tyre Industry. Some tyre shops are in fact sympathetic towards the car users.

In other words. They can only buy what they can afford to buy. This is the reason that there are thousands of small. What I call bucket shops.Hence, springing up all over the UK.

Used car tyres

Used car tyres compared to a new tyre

Also opening around the many car washes. That are also opening up on old petrol station sites. Also, on any demolished building site. I have no qualms about this. In fact.Most of my family go to these places for their cars washing; they are cheap and fast and do a good job.

Used car tyres

These car washes are also the places that have started to sell second-hand cars and Used car tyres. Going back to the car wash situation, I have noticed that many of these businesses just let their dirty water go down the nearest drain, without any treatment or filtering. We all know that we have environmental responsibilities when dealing with such things, but I cannot help feeling that these car washes are breaking the law, by just dumping the dirty water plus the chemicals down the drain and I assume into the nearest river causing pollution to the environment. I do not want to dwell on this too much because I think that it is the responsibility of the local authority and assume that these businesses are working legally I have attached an interesting link about this… https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/290144/pmho0307bmdx-e-e.pdf

My main point about the same type of companies selling Used car tyres. You must have noticed that the car wash people can stack up old car tyres on the same premises. Going back a couple of years. Thus, the environment agency cracked down. Therefore, on any legitimate tyre business or garage. That stacked up their old tyres. Visible to the public. Because of this, I and many others went out and bought a container to store the scrap tyres in, so that they could not be seen and were hidden away.

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It was all about being a responsible tyre depot owner and the environment. We still do this today all our scrap tyres are stored away out of site, but what about this car wash centres and partly used tyre shops. They appear to be working under a different law and rules to the rest of us. I see old tyres just piled up for weeks on end on the open show to passers-by, This is another thing that the environment agency seem to have passed by and forgotten about. Any company that disposes of the waste tyre must operate in the “duty of care act”. This is explained in the attached link… https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/reducing-and-managing-waste/supporting-pages/disposing-of-tyres   

Used car tyres

This links me to my main point, and that is that I now believe that because some people need a car but cannot afford to buy cheap new tyres, then they have to buy Used car tyres. We all know.that organisations such as the great Tyresafe.org have worked out that Used car tyres are more expensive in the long run, but the fact is that there were 6 million part worn tyres sold last year that did not meet the basic safety standards. This fact comes from some recent research by the Liverpool Victoria Insurance company.

According to TyreSafe UK, a staggering 23 million Used car tyres have been fitted to cars since 2009 and a quarter of those did not come under the legal requirements and that 1.5 million

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Used car tyres pile like this one are illegal

drivers were driving their cars with potentially dangerous tyres, and probably not even knowing of the threat to themselves and other road users.

One of the most worrying things is that most drivers do not even know anything about part worn tyres. Consequently, that part worn tyres come under any regulations or laws. Thus, think that the businesses who sell them these tyres, know what they are doing. But the evidence that I have seen on some of the tyres that have been fitted, clearly show that these people just do not care what they provide to their customer’s cars.

 

Tyres equipped with bad cuts and the fitted wrong way round

Here at Pellon tyres in Halifax, we get many part worn tyre clients who come to us with problems after they have fitted part worn tyres. We see tyres with sidewall cuts and damaged beads. The common one is for directional tyres that are fitted the wrong way round, with the direction arrows pointing to the rear, the wrong way round. Also, we see the wrong sizes mounted on the same axle and different constructions fitted to the same axle. I am not saying that all tyre shops that fit part worn tyres do this, but I think that many do.

The problem is that the customers believe that the tyre shop should know what they are doing and just leave it up to them. As I have said earlier some motorists are under financial pressures, but they must look out for the dealers who are knowingly selling illegal part worn tyres. A sign should be to look at what the place looks like, if it looks a dump then they will probably selling rubbish. Indeed I have noticed that some reputable tyre dealers have started to sell part worn tyres because they have had to do this to compete. I suspect that if you do have to buy a part worn tyre, then these would be the safer place to buy them?

To read more about the correct standards of part worn tyres in the UK see…  HTTP://www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/CGI-bin/Aberdeen/bus1item.cgi?file=*BADV062-1111.txt

Eric Roberts

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