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Why buying part-worn tyres can affect the value of your car


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Why buying part-worn tyres can affect the value of your car

Buying part-worn tyres for your car is not only dangerous but could affect the value of your car when you come to sell it. 

More than three million drivers bought used tyres for their vehicles in the past year according to new research and this was a factor in nearly half a million accidents.

ICM Research, who carried out the survey for car servicing and repair company Kwik Fit, found that 22 per cent of drivers in the UK had bought part-worn tyres for their car at some stage in their driving careers and nine per cent in the last 12 months. The study questioned 2,561 British drivers.

In the UK, there is no independent system that can check tyres that have been used on other cars before they are sold on with many tyres believed to already have a problem when sold.

Common causes of purchasing part-worn tyres included a loss of grip or control on the road because of the poor quality of the tyre. A group representing 475,000 drivers revealed they had subsequently been involved in an accident after buying part-worn tyres.

Respondents representing nearly 600,000 found that their cars failed their next MOTs because of the level of tread was under the legal limit meaning they then had to spend more money on replacing their tyres again.

The main reason for purchasing part-worn tyres is no doubt to save money as new tyres can be expensive depending on the make but it can prove even costlier if drivers are forced to replace them more regularly.

ICM Research's survey found that 17 per cent of respondents would still consider buying used tyres in the future but that the majority had decided against it.

If you are looking to sell your car online and use Sell Your Jamjar, part-worn tyres could affect the purchase offer we make for your vehicle when we come to inspect the car. We do not mind if you have missed the odd small chip or tiny scratch when you have completed the appraisal section online about vehicle defects - and this would not result in the any purchase offer being amended.

But in exceptional circumstances your tyres might be in such poor condition that it might not be possible for us to drive away with the vehicle in which case we might need to get the vehicle towed - and this would reflect the purchase offer.

At Sell Your Jamjar we are only looking for a true and fair reflection of the vehicle's condition and we stand by our principles and still guarantee to buy any car regardless of the make or model, the age, mileage or condition. But to make sure you get the best value for your car it is not recommended to buy part-worn tyres.

‘What if I want to scrap my car?’ - then do not worry – we accept scrap cars too - in which case the condition of the tyres does not matter!

 

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