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Save or Splurge: The Pros & Cons of Buying Used Tyres

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The Pros & Cons of Buying Used Tyres

Save or Splurge: The Pros & Cons of Buying Used Tyres

Tyres wear out over time, while a puncture at any speed can be a hair raising experience.

The fact is, if you drive a car, a time will come when you have to consider buying new tyres. Maybe it’s just one, lost in a puncture on your way to work, or maybe it’s the whole set.

There are alternatives to buying expensive brand new tyres. One of the more popular ones is “buying ‘part worn'”.
Join us today as we bring you the pros and the cons of buying used tyres, and learn how to put this information to use in your next big purchase.


To begin our article, let’s take a closer look at the benefits of a set of good used tyres for your car. Used tyres are a great way to save money, and are available from many reputable dealerships, often in as good a condition as new ones.

Better Prices

Used tyres, as with any second-hand item, almost always comes with a much lower price tag than their ‘brand-new’ counterparts.

The definition of “used” is really “ever used at all”. Used tyres can sometimes arrive with less than six months’ worth of wear on them. A used tyre can be the spare tyre that came out of a car which was never used in the first place.

For more information about the legal tread depth in the UK read our in depth guide. In the UK, the minimum is 1.6mm, whilst a brand new tyre has a tread depth of 8mm. At Silverlake, our part worn tyres are never less than 5mm. That’s tread ware that is next to nothing, and at far reduced prices, this can be reason enough to buy used tyres.

When it comes to your car, why pay more for a similar tyre to the one you could get for half the price? Used tyres will usually pass any safety test you put them through, with perfect handling to boot. And with dealers carrying much bigger inventories of second-hand tyres also mean you’ve got a lot to choose from.

Environmentally Friendly

For some people, environmental concerns aren’t something that’s given much thought. When you use up one car component, you buy a new version of that component and you go on living your life.

However, for many of us, putting a good tyre out to pasture ahead of its time is inexcusable. Thrifty drivers will make a point of buying inspected used tyres to get a great deal, but also to help keep waste low.

By buying a pre-owned set of tyres for your car, you’re using a high-end product recycled and moved back onto the roads without filling up a landfill.

When it comes to going green, the best answer is always to keep the polluting item in rotation instead of ditching it somewhere. Which is exactly what you will achieve when you buy used tyres.


Despite many benefits to buying used car tyres, of course, as with any part worn item, there are some downsides.

Unknown Histories

When you consider buying a pre-owned vehicle, the first thing you need to know is what that car’s history was immediately before you bought it. Was it looked after, was it involved in an accident? Was it written off? These questions are important because the answers tell you whether the car is likley to cause you any problems in the future, and give you needed information on whether you wish to take on that risk.

The same applies to tyres. The downside to buying used (part worn/second hand) tyres is that there isn’t usually any sort of use history attached to them.

Tyres can become susceptible to punctures, cracking, degrading from high temperatures or just from extended use. They can also wear unevenly to the rest of your car’s tyres, meaning you may experience problems later on.

Our tyre experts analyse every tyre that is placed on stock. Any item that shows any of these discrepancies will be rejected immediately.

Expiration Dates and Safety

Even new tyres come with an expiration date. It can be easy to think you’ve got lucky when you find a set of used tyres without much wear on them, and that’s fine.

But be warned: the rubber in tyres deteriorates over time, even when they aren’t being used at all. A set of low-cost used tyres with hardly a mile on them could still have cracks in them which make them more prone to burst or splinter.

And it’s hard to estimate the lifespan of a tyre. They can vary from brand to brand. The manner in which they’re stored isn’t always the same, and, depending on the brand, some of them were never meant to be used beyond six years.

You Might Not Get As Much Use Out Of Them

Questions of safety aside, the lifespan of your tyres could make you question their worth from a budget perspective. What if a used set of tyres is going to wear out completely in six months, there’s one question you’ll need to ask yourself: “Is buying used tyres cheaper?” Buying the wrong set of used tyres could land you back at the tyre shop sooner rather than later.
Buying Used tyres Vs New: The More You Know, The Better
Outfitting your car in a new set of tyres can be an expensive experience, especially if you go with new, high-end brands. On the other hand, making the call to buy a set of used tyres can be risky if you don’t know what you’re getting into. It takes a little research and an understanding of what you want out of your tyres.

There are benefits to buying used tyres that can help make it worth your while. Hopefully, today’s article has shown you exactly what those are.

Interested in learning more about automotive recycling in your life? Visit Silverlake today for all the best news, opinions, and insights from the industry, and decide if this is the right choice for you.