How long do car tyres last?

How long do car tyres last?


Replacing your car tyres:

While obvious damage like a puncture might be easy to spot if your tyres keep deflating, tyres may also need replacing if they are worn down or are simply too old. So, how do you know when your tyres need to be replaced – and how much will it set you back?

How long do car tyres last?

Your tyres can last a long time if they are undamaged. You should, of course, check your own tyres regularly for signs of wear and damage, but most garages recommend having them professionally checked too. Professionals with a trained eye will be able to spot immediate hazards easily and any areas of damage that might get worse if left unresolved.

How many miles should tyres last on a new car?

When it comes to mileage, your tyre life will vary depending on your vehicle, your driving style and the type of roads you drive on. Typically, you should get around 20,000 miles from your front tyres and 40,000 from your back tyres on a new car or new wheels.

How much are car tyres?

As with any repairs to your vehicle, costs will vary depending on the garage you choose and the type of tyre you decide to go for.

For a standard tyre, prices start at around £40. Your local garage will recommend different types of tyres depending on your vehicle and your driving habits.

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Can car tyres be repaired?

It’s possible to repair car tyres, but it depends on the extent of the damage. Factors that will decide whether a tyre can be repaired or not are:

  • Location of damage: If you have a puncture in the middle three-quarters of your tyre it is known as a minor damage area and could be repaired. If it is on the outer one quarter, also known as the sidewall, it’s known as a major damage area and will most likely have to be replaced.
  • Scale of damage: The scale of the damage that has caused the puncture will also decide whether it can be repaired or not. The British Tyre Manufacturers Association (BTMA) will only allow repairs for tyres with damage up to 6mm in diameter.
  • Condition: Your chosen garage may also assess the general condition of your tyres, including the tread depth when deciding if it is worth repairing.

When to change your car tyres

If your tyres remain undamaged, you should expect them to last around 20,000 miles– depending on how often you use your vehicle. Even if your tyres look like they are in good condition, after this time there could be damage you can’t see, so you should consider replacements. Other reasons to replace include:


If you have a puncture, you will most likely have to replace your tyre. It may, however, be possible to repair very minor punctures depending on the depth and position of the damage on the tyre.

Worn down treads

One of the most common reasons for replacing your tyres is when the tread wears away and becomes too shallow. You can check this by yourself using a tool called a tyre gauge or by following this simple tip.

The 20p Test

Take a 20p coin and place it in your tyre treads, if the tyre covers the outer band of the coin, then your tread is still within the legal limit. If not, it may need replacing and you should visit your local garage as soon as possible.

What is the legal minimum depth for car tyres?

The legal minimum depth of tyre tread for cars and other light vehicles is 1.6mm across the middle three-quarters of the tyre. If it it’s any less than this, you could be fined up to £2,500 and get 3 points on your license.

Why change car tyres?

Apart from the risk of a fine, the condition of your car tyres can also have a big impact on the way your car performs. Worn down tyres may have reduced grip and could have an impact on your acceleration and breaking – so it really pays to have tyres that perform well.

It is also recommended to change your tyres in pairs on the back and front. Why? Because tyre tread can have a big impact on handling, replacing just one tyre could mean your car is unbalanced when moving.

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