They come from scrapped cars. At which point everyone gasps and says they must be from write-offs. However, huge numbers of cars get scrapped just because they are getting on a bit and nobody wants them.
According to my tyre bloke, the perfectly good cars scrapped under the scrappage scheme in return for 300,000 new cars have provided plenty of stock.
Ultimately, every time you buy a used car, or a used set of alloys, it comes with a set of part worn tyres.
all very true keithy. they also come from the continent where if a car is in a crash then the tyres have to be scrapped. the idea that they are perfectly normal tyres that folks with more money than sense throw away is what is mis-leading
agree fully with the 2nd hand car/set of wheels thing too. doesn't just apply to tyres either
i know of a bmw dealer that had a seperate place near our old garage for the paintwork repairs. anyway one day a car on the forecourt (new, unregistered) got damaged at another branch. it made its way down to the paintshop, had the damage repaired and resprayed then got shipped back and sold on as a new car, new owner oblivious to its history no doubt
nothing to do with tyres i know, but you can never be too sure exactly what you're buying
OK - serious Q (it does happen now & again
Is there a 'warranty' with part worns - ie a 'proper' inspection has been undertaken?
officially if a place is selling part worn tyres they should be stamped/branded on each sidewall to denote a part worn tyre, that is the law. if you buy a 2nd hand tyre from a tyre place and it has not been branded then they are breaking that law, and you will have no comeback whatsoever
i'm not against using tyres that have life in them, have done it for years myself, but i know what to look for after (unfortuantely) 15+ years directly invloved with them so that is ok. just i have seen too many downright dangerous tyres being sold on as safe ones, usually to people who know no better and don't realise the danger they put themselves and their family in