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** Kelleher Tyres do not sell second hand tyres **

The safety of a tyre is directly related to how long it has been used for. So if you’re thinking of buying second hand part worn tyres, remember what they could cost you.

In its latest campaign the RSA has highlighted the cost and potential danger of buying second hand (part-worn) tyres. Second hand part worn tyres are tyres which have been used on another vehicle. Such tyres can pose a serious road safety risk. The history of a second hand part worn tyres is relatively unknown – it could have been involved in a crash or have internal damage, which may not be visible once fitted to your vehicle. Even if these tyres meet the minimum thread depth requirements, they may not uphold in an emergency braking or steering situation.

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Make sure you know what your legal requirements are before considering second hand part worn tyres. It is an offence to drive with defective or worn tyres and you risk a fine of €80 and up to 4 penalty points upon conviction.

You should also think about whether or not you’re getting real value for money. For example; a second hand part worn tyre costing €30 has tread thickness of 3.6mm. Therefore, it has 2 mm of useable tread before it reaches the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm. This works outs at €15 per mm of usable tread.

On the other hand, a new tyre costing €80 has 8mm of tread. Therefore, it has 6.4 mm of useable tread before it reaches the minimum legal tread depth of 1.6mm. This works out at €12.50 per mm of useable tread, and therefore offers better value. In addition to the increased costs in this example, you would have to buy and fit three sets of these part worn tyres in order to get the same life as one new set of tyres.