Money Talk

Con­sumer ex­pert Sue Hay­ward’s savvy fi­nance tips and ad­vice

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When was the last time you checked your tyres? We should do it at least once a month, and the scary news is that one in five mo­torists drive with dan­ger­ous tyres. Each il­le­gal tyre can mean a £2,500 fine and three penalty points.

The av­er­age tyre clocks up 22,000 miles over its life­time ac­cord­ing to Goodyear. That’s just over two years av­er­age mo­tor­ing – so it’s worth get­ting the best ones you can af­ford.

Stick­ing top of the range tyres on your old banger may seem a costly choice if you don’t drive fur­ther than the lo­cal shops. But on the flip side, fit­ting cheap bud­get tyres if you do a high mileage in all weath­ers isn’t a savvy move.

I’ve found a new in­de­pen­dent tyre com­par­i­son site WWW.MOTOKIKI.COM which makes tyre shop­ping eas­ier. Pop in your reg­is­tra­tion and it tells you the tyre size you need, along with lo­cal garages who’ll fit them plus prices. So you can choose the tyres you want, with­out any hard sell; book an ap­point­ment; pay up­front; and then bowl up to get the job done.

There’s lots of info on the web­site about how well the tyres will per­form when it comes to fuel ef­fi­ciency and wet con­di­tions too.

Do steer clear of “part worn” tyres. They can seem a cheap op­tion – and I did buy them for my first car when money was tight – but when it comes to safety, 98% of part-worn tyres were found to be il­le­gal ac­cord­ing to a re­cent TyreSafe cam­paign. So it’s just not worth it.

Do you check ev­ery month?

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