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From the Mouth of Martin: Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring - #24

Strap yourselves in wannabe petrol heads. With the help of money saving expert, Martin Lewis, Book Theory Test Today is hitting the road with 50 top tips that will cut your motoring costs. Tune in each & every week for a new tip and remember to share with friends and family and slash the cost of motoring. This week we’re looking at haggling down tyre costs for when you need to replace them on your vehicle. Maintenance of your vehicle drives up the cost of motoring, but negotiating tyre prices is one way to quickly reduce the cost of motoring.

Cut the cost of motoring tip #24 – Negotiate on tyre prices

Book Theory Test Today says: “Buying tyres, new, can be pricey and will drive up the cost of motoring. However, it’s a legal requirement that you keep them above the minimum tread depth of 1.6mm because this allows surface water to slip through. Anything below this depth is illegal and dangerous.”   To check the tread depth of your tyres, use the simple 20p test found on the TyreSafe website. All you need to do is insert a 20p coin, on its edge, into the main grooves of a tyre’s tread. Should the outer rim of the coin be hidden your tyres are fine. If you’re able to see it, it’s time for a tyre change. However, don’t just accept the first quote you get, this is a sure-fire way to increase the cost of motoring. Instead, shop around garages in your local area for the cheapest price on the tyres that you want. You stand to make huge savings and significantly cut the cost of motoring and if the price still isn’t to your liking haggle some more. Shopping around will lead you to a quote that you’re happy with and is particularly beneficial if you need to replace more than one tyre.

What’ the deal with premium tyres?

The AA has reliably informed us that premium tyres can help to cut the cost of motoring. How? Well, a motorist upgrading all four tyres and driving approximately 9,000 miles per year, with a fuel consumption rate of 30mpg, could save in excess of £170 on fuel each year. However, while this may seem like a decrease in the cost of motoring, AA-grade tyres tend to be more costly, so it’s worth weighing up any additional cost before forking out on their tyres. Book Theory Test Today says: “There are great deals to be had on tyres at your local garage and if ‘new’ is beyond your budget, you can purchase used tyres that are still legal. This will cut the cost of motoring even further.” “Don’t get caught out by your MOT either. If your garage says you need new tyres, don’t just accept the quote they give you. They could be cheaper somewhere else, in which case buy them and ask your garage to fit them.”  

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