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Buying part worn tyres

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I've never had any issues with buying part-worn tyres; but then again I've bought them from resellers that specialise in them and have rigorous testing

 

It's all down to the condition and honesty of the reseller really; agree that a lot out there should not be on the road

 

But then again, folk don't seem to realise that the tyres are what keeps them from mating, at high speeds, with a tree/bridge/hedge/human etc...

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You buy a second hand car, you are buying part worn tyres.......No legislation in that.

 

Tyres are a part of the car where you want to spend money, not save it.  By all means shop around to find the best price for it as retailers vary wildly in their prices of the same tyre.

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Nope; the only time I bought part worns were to get a set of winter tyres

 

All other tyres will always be brand new and 9/10 via Camskill or Tyreleader etc

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As above, who buys a S/h car and immediately buys brand new tyres?  No one I’ve ever met.  But I wouldn’t set out to buy used tyres, unless they were winters and from a very trusted source.

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I have bought used tyres before; once a set to put on some wheels to be able to move cars about on and then two instances of buying near new tyres to replace damaged ones by punctures on 4 wheel drive cars where the cars were supposedly sensitive to rolling diameters.

 

When you buy a used car you are buying second hand tyres so what's the difference to buying second hand tyres on their own?

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I've had part worns on my e92 in the past and never had any issues. True you don't know the history of a tyre is or what impacts it's taken although you can help reduce risk by doing simple checks for tread levels, avoiding time bombs with sidewall repairs etc.

 

A tyre could have 7/8ml tread but checking the DOT code could then reveal it's 10 years old which could result in the tread cracking up.

 

Bought the e60 a few years ago and had to replace the tyres over Xmas, with it being the family car, kids in the back and all that decided to go with new Goodyear eagle f1s all round, not cheap on 19's but I recall some smug comment i read online during a discussion about used tyres "if you can't afford new tyres your driving the wrong car" lol

 

If your on 19"s sometimes it can be such a ball ache to find decent ones the correct size used it's less hassle just to buy new and not have to worry about replacing them for some time, 

 

 

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The only type of tyre I’d stick on my 535i would be part worn’s! 

Manly because I didn’t need to drive the car on a daily basis, but mostly because I drove every where with the traction button pressed and tyre smoke pouring from the rear tyres! ;) 

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I bought a few many years ago when I was young and skint, wouldn't buy them now though. 

I suppose what I'm saying is,  it depends on people's personal circumstances,  not everyone can afford new tyres. 

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Its not US you have to worry about, its the unscrupulous individual that is selling tyres that have been abused, run flat and not divulged and any other type of repair that has not been disclosed....

 

YES, I did purchase a set of part worn tyres ONCE,,,, that had great tread, and looked tidy. After trying to get them fitted it turned out that they had been run flat causing the inside wall to fall apart. Needless to say I took them back and got a refund and I had to looked online and get a new pair of tyres.

 

I will never use part worn again... especially on a BMW

 

 

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in my student days i've also relied on part worns to contribute towards keeping costs of running the cars I had down. My decent cars have always had brand new but "station" cars have had part worns. Now I i'm full time employed, I only ever buy new. 

 

Part worns have their place but eyes wide open and trustworthy places only. Plenty in Birmingham who will stamp the tyre in front of you and pass you a tissue to wipe it whilst it's still wet if you want to. 

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I used to buy them all the time when i had my old Renault until one de-laminated completely around the circumference on the M25, the car was shaking like the wheel was about to fall off. It was dark so i ran my hands around the tyres because there was nothing visible from the outside with my torch and almost got impaled with the wire sticking out..

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Unless I was 100% sure on the supplier and couldn't afford new, then maybe. I have bought them a couple of times but always inspected them myself for obvious defects.

 

The second hand car argument is a bit of a moot point really, most of us would take make and outward condition of the tyres into account buying a used car. Personally ive replaced tyres almost immediately if im unsure of them.

 

Moreso because if the owner has skimped on tyres then what else has been economised... 

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