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Rubber Lover

I suspect the open rate of this week’s email will be much higher than usual! However, I am sorry to disappoint our more frisky readers as this is nothing to do with fetish clothing…

This email is about tyres.

The physics behind car tyres boggles my little motoring-obsessed brain. A car is connected to the road by nothing more than 4 tiny spots of rubber. If these are not right it is a HUGE safety issue!

Checking the tyre condition on any car you are about to buy is critical.

THE EASY WAY TO MEASURE TYRE DEPTH

Simple. Just buy a tyre tread gauge for £1 on eBay.

But if a dealer catches you using one of those on a car they are selling they will assume you are a ‘trouble’ buyer and that will kill off any price negotiation prospects.

CHECKING TYRE TREAD DEPTH MANUALLY

Run your fingers along the grooves in the tyre tread and you should fairly easily find the ‘tyre wear indicator’:

Tyre Wear Indicator

You can also find a hint as to where these are by looking for a tiny arrow or “TWI” mark on the edge of the tyre:

Tyre Wear Indicator

The ‘tyre wear indicator’ sits approximately 1.6mm proud of the groove. 1.6mm is the legal limit. So when the indicator sits flush with the top of the tyre, the tyre needs replacing immediately.

Some people prefer the ’20p test’, as this very amusing (and rather cute) video explains:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKnSCSXM7F0

But… the performance of a tyre starts to lessen from 3mm and that is when I like to replace my own tyres.

WHAT ELSE TO CHECK

Damage that occurs through hitting the tyre against a kerb can compromise the structural integrity.

Bulges or deep gashes in the side walls will mean the tyre needs to be replaced.

WHAT THE TYRE CONDITION TELLS YOU ABOUT THE SELLER

Any car dealer that sells a car with tyres that need to be replaced is obviously not the type of business you want to be dealing with, so take care.

A private seller may just not have noticed; however, this makes you wonder how much care they have taken of the car in general.

But when it comes down to it tyres are easy to replace and not that expensive in many cases (www.blackcircles.com is a good place to get an idea of prices), so you can just use this as yet another bargaining chip!

Tyred of me yet?

Ashley Winston
(Founder & Owner)

At Palmdale we specialise in taking all the hassle out of the car buying process:

 

  • YOU tell us exactly what car you want
  • WE search for every available car in the UK that meets your description
  • WE negotiate with the seller
  • WE make sure that the car is perfect
  • WE collect the car and bring it to your door
  • YOU enjoy your new wheels for many years to come

These newsletters are our attempt to teach you everything we know about car buying; however, if you would like us to find and buy your next car for you, all you have to do is ask!