A large proportion of part worn tyres are dumped on the UK from other countries where the minimum legal tread depth is greater than ours, for example Germany where their tyres are scrapped at 3mm. The UK’s minimum legal tread depth is 1.6mm therefore these previously scrapped tyres considered unsafe for German roads can still be legally imported into the UK and sold.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not about us being biased or wanting to earn more money through new tyre sales. It is about your safety, simple.

We sell thousands of new tyres every month, for each new tyre fitted an old one comes off. With that in mind if we wanted to sell part worn tyres we could and we would have more stock than that of 5 part worn shops put together. However, being experts in the field of all things tyres, we fully understand the dangers around part worn tyres and that is why we will never sell them.


Part Worn Tyres

Common Faults with Part Worn Tyres


Cracking Sidewall

The full extent of this damage caused by age and conditions of use can be seen when the tyre is inspected off the wheel.

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Unsafe Puncture Repair

The circumferential sidewall wear caused by running flat, along with the age-related cracking, make this a very unsafe tyre.

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Object in Tyre

This tyre had a nail puncture in the shoulder, making it unsafe and illegal to supply.


Exposed Structure

A high performance tyre with irreparable tread damage and an exposed structure.

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Shoulder Repair

Tyres have cords that run all around the tread of the tyre, the part the makes contact with the road. But on the sidewall, those cords aren’t there. So, there’s just no way for a plug to fill that hole. The patch won’t hold, and it’s going to continue to leak.


Sidewall Bulge

Driving with a bulge or cut in your sidewall can be very dangerous, since it can affect the internal part of the tyre and leave it vulnerable to a blowout, which will make you lose control while driving and cause a serious accident

Part worn tyres are second hand, used and discarded. Generally they are someone else’s rubbish.
They may even have come from scrapped or crashed vehicles.

 Media Coverage


Each year in the UK, more than 1200 road casualties are caused by accidents 
where illegal defective or under-inflated tyres are a contributory factor.

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