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Part Worn Tyres | Buyers Guide

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Do you know the difference between your part worn tyres and your second hand tyres? Do you know your legal from your illegal tread depths? Well don’t worry if you don’t. In this buyers guide, we lift the lid on the part worn Tyre industry by giving answers to commonly asked questions.  If you have a question that hasn’t been answered by our guide, we would love for you to get in touch. Just give us a call on 02380 229999.

What are part worn tyres?

Part Worn Tyre’s is just another way of saying ‘Second Hand Tyre’s’. That’s it. No difference between the two phrases.

What makes a Tyre part worn?

To understand this question fully, it is important to know that for most motor cars in the UK, all brand new car tyres ship with a tread depth of 8mm. The minimum legal requirement in the UK for tyres is a tread depth of no less than 1.6mm. Part worn tyres, are tyres which have been fitted and used by another vehicle, such that the tread depth is less than 8mm. (Although, spare tyres which have never been used, which still have 8mm tread can arguably be called ‘Part Worn’ too.

an image of part worn tyres

What are pre-worn tyres?

Pre-warn tyres is just another way of saying part worn tyres.

How much do tyres that are part worn cost?

The cost of second hand tyres can vary depending on the tyre size and tread depth. At Silverlake, most of our tyres cost between £12 & £43 inc of VAT. Furthermore, our prices include fitting, balancing and disposal of your previous tyres

Are pre-worn tyres safe?

The Motor Vehicle Tyres (Safety) Regulations 1994 set out minimum safety standards for the supply of part-worn tyres. The regulations state that it is illegal to supply any part-worn tyre that is capable of being fitted to a motor vehicle or trailer unless certain conditions are met regarding specific markings and the general condition of the tyre.

A good article on the safety of these types of tyres can be found here:

At Silverlake, we do not sell any tyres with less than 5mm of tread depth, and in most cases, our second hand tyres have a tread depth of much more than that.

part worn tyres

What does the UK regulations say about buying and selling pre-worn tyres?

Most importantly, tyres must be marked ‘PART WORN’ and any repairs to tyres must comply with British Standards.

To read the full document from trading standards, please visit

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Are the regulations different in the EU, than in the UK?

Yes. For instance, in Germany, their regulations dictate that when you change a single Tyre, all tyres must be changed at the same time, and all 4 tyres must match, in brand, size and tread depth. In the UK, tyres must be of the same size, but can be from different brands, and have different tread depths.

To find out more about the regulations in the EU, please visit this link:

Are there different types of second hand tyre?

Winter tyres

According to the AA, winter tyres are made and designed to retain flexibility at lower temperatures (lower than 7 degrees), and provide good traction on snow and ice. Winter tyres have a different tread pattern that displaces water, snow and ice more effectively. The compounds that make up the rubber are different, allowing for better adaptability in colder temperatures.Read more about winter tyres at the AA’s website here:

Summer tyres

Summer tyres are designed to perform at their optimum when the temperature is more than 7 degrees. The compounds which make the tyre contain a softer rubber, which provides better traction in dry and wet weather.

All season tyres

All season tyres offer a compromise between winter and summer tyres.

Read more about all season tyres at Goodyears website here

an image showing our part worn tyre stock

Who makes part worn tyres?

Part worn tyres are essentially, any tyre that has been used previously. Therefore,  part worn tyres can come from any tyre manufacturer, The main tyre manufacturers are Pirelli, continental, and goodyear.  If you are looking for a particular brand of tyre, please contact us and we can advise whether we have that brand in stock.

UK Tyres

Europe have different legislation for pre-worn tyres than the uk. For instance Germany require all 4 tyres to be same in terms of tread pattern, brand and tread depth. However in the uk, tyres only have to be more than 1.6mm in tread depth and must be the same tyre size

Do you deal with wholesale part worn tyre suppliers?

No. our tyres come from cars recycled through Silverlakes ‘scrap-my-car’ or we-buy-any-car schemes. Most part worn tyre wholesalers are based in Germany and other continental and eastern European countries. We are unable to give any part worn tyres wholesale prices. If you are interested in bulk buying tyres, try typing ‘buying wholesale tyres from europe’ into Google and check out the results.

Do you sell part worn motorbike tyres?

Yes we do. If you require motorcycle part worn tyres, please call our in on 02380 229999. Speak to Ken. Ken is our motorbike stock guru!

Do you sell part worn track, performance or racing tyres?

No. part worn track tyres, racing tyres and performance tyres are different from normal tyres as they are categorised as non road legal racing tyres (think of F1) which  are not sold by us new or part worn

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Do you sell run flats?

These are not very common. They are very expensive brand new. Although we do sell them, we don’t sell them that often. Give us a call to discuss this matter further on 02380 229999

What are low profile tyres?

Low profile tyres relate to the width of the tyre wall. Low equals skinny or thinner side walls. In the picture below, the tyre on the left has a lower profile than the tyre on the right – as referenced by the red lines.

low profile tyres

Where can I buy part worn tyres?

We have a team of telesales and front counter staff who can assist you by arranging for your car tyre change in our fully equipped tyre bay. Ring us today on 02380 229999, or pop in to our facilities in Botley, just outside Southampton.

I am looking for part worn tyres near me

Our main yard is in Shedfield which is just outside Botley. We are in close proximity to the M27 and cover the local and wider community. If you live within the SO & PO postcodes, then we are near you!

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Do you have second hand car tyres for sale now?

Yes. We stock hundreds of tyres in many varied sizes, for many makes and models of cars. Call us today to check our stock and to book your vehicle in. For more information on our tyres, please visit our Tyre page here

Can I buy part worn tyres online?

Yes you can. Our main website at is an E-Commerce site. If you visit our Tyre page, you can choose the tyres you require and add them to your shopping cart. Completing the sale is easy. Please just follow the prompts.

What is the process for having new tyres fitted.

We have a number of fully functional tyre bays and fitting centers, enabling you to have your tyre fitting done locally to you.

an image of your local tyre bay at silverlake

Here is the process that our tyre guys follow when we replace your car tyres.

We drive the car in to our tyre bay
The car is then jacked up
We take the wheels to be replaced off the vehicle
We get the replacements from our stock
We remove the old tyres from their alloys
We replace the old valves on the alloy with brand new ones
We clean the bead on the wheel with a wire brush
We paint bead sealer around the beads of the alloys which acts as a sealant to prevent air from leaking
We fit the alloy with the new or part worn replacement
We then inflate the tyre to the required legal psi
We balance the wheels

We fit the tyres back to the car
We then dispose of the old tyres

And the car is ready to drive off. All this is done whilst you wait in our comfortable tyre bay waiting area where you can watch television and purchase tea, coffee or soft drinks.

I’m looking for save money. Are you one of the cheapest suppliers locally?

Yes we are, especially when you consider that our prices include free balancing, free new valves and free recycling of your old tyres. The only additional fee is a £1 environmental charge applied to all transactions

Do you sell agricultural tyres, such as part worn tractor tyres?

No. We specialise in car tyres and to a lesser degree van tyres.

What is the difference between car and van tyres?

Van tyres are covered by the same regulations which cover car tyres, but the tyres are commercially rated and designed to stand greater pressures and weights

Do you deliver your tyres?

Yes we deliver tyres to anywhere within the UK. If you would like your order delivered and you live in the UK, please give our telesales team a call on 02380 229999

delivery at silverlake

Where is your tyre bay?

We have local tyre fitters based in Shedfield – which is just outside Botley. Our address is:

Silverlake Yard
Row Ash
Botley Road
SO32 2HL
silverlake yard botley


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