Your Guide to Buying Tyres on eBay

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Your Guide to Buying Tyres on eBay

Many drivers do not give much thought to their vehicle's tyres until one goes flat, blows, or the tread wears down. Although replacing a tyre is usually required every few years, it can be a costly exercise, especially if more than one has to be replaced at a time. For this reason, many motorists look to get the best value for their money when purchasing replacement tyres.

Buying new or used tyres on eBay is simple and can be a cost effective way to replace the tyres on a car. Offering simple search methods, reputable sellers, secure payment options, and useful buying tools, eBay ensures an enjoyable shopping experience that saves time, effort, and money.

When a consumer has some knowledge about the different types of tyres available, they can make an informed purchase decision. It pays to have an understanding about the different types of tyres available for various driving and weather conditions, the various tyre sizes and formats available, as well as the option of buying new or used tyres.

Shop for Tyres on eBay

To find tyres for sale on eBay, you can use the search bar. Simply type "tyres" into the search bar found on eBay's home page. This gives you a general overview of what is available for sale. Because there are thousands of listings, you can easily refine your search by using the search category options, which include searching by tyre type, size, price range, or condition. You can also search by typing a specific phrase into the search bar, such as a used Dunlop all-weather tyre or a new Bridgestone tyre.

Tyres for Different Driving Conditions

When looking to purchase tyres on eBay, it is helpful to know that tyres are commonly grouped into the type of weather conditions they are designed to be driven in. The construction and materials used differ between each type. The more common types of car tyres include all-weather tyres, summer tyres, and winter tyres.

All-Weather Tyres

All-weather tyres are designed to be driven on both wet and dry roads. Most people buying tyres for their family car use all-weather tyres as they are convenient, versatile, and durable in a variety of driving conditions. It is important to note that all-weather tyres give adequate performance in wet and dry road conditions. They do not give superior performance like summer or winter tyres do in their respective weather conditions.

Summer Tyres

Summer tyres are often referred to as high performance tyres as they provide superior grip on dry roads, allowing for increased speed and greater manoeuvrability and control. The tread on a summer tyre is smoother, meaning more of the tyre comes in contact with the road surface. The thing to remember with summer tyres is that the tread tends to wear out quicker than all-weather or winter tyres.

Winter Tyres

The rubber used on winter tyres is designed to stay softer in low temperatures, allowing them to grip the road surface better. The tread pattern is different, designed to disperse more water at a faster rate than summer tyres and also to disperse snow and slush. Winter tyres are ideal for use when temperatures are 5 to 10 degrees Celsius or below.

Tyre Size and Format

Tyres come in a range of sizes and formats, identified by a number and letter coding system on the tyre itself. The first letter in the code refers to the tyre type, the number refers to the tyre width, followed by aspect ratio, tyre construction, rim diameter, load rating, speed rating, and finally the tyre's ideal weather condition. Buyers are able to easily search for a specific type, size, and format of tyre on eBay using the search category options available.

Tyre Type

The tyre type is determined by the first letter on the tyre's code. P refers to a passenger car tyres, and they are used for virtually any passenger car; LT refers to light truck tyres, and they can be used on SUVs and utility vehicles; T refers to a temporary spare tyre, and ST refers to a trailer tyre. The type of vehicle determines the tyre type required. Tyres are specifically designed in size, weight, materials, construction, and tread to suit different vehicles and the safety requirements of each.

Tyre Width

Tyre width is measured in millimetres and measured at the widest part of the tyre when inflated. The width of the tyre identifies how much rubber comes in contact with the road. In general, racing tyres tend to be wider, while snow tyres tend to be narrower than normal passenger car tyres. Wider tyres tend to increase the grip on the road. Using tyres that are very wide increases the weight on a car and can adversely affect the car's suspension. The average tyre width of passenger cars ranges between 165 mm up to about 305 mm.

Aspect Ratio

Aspect ratio refers to a tyre's height. It is described as a percentage of the tyre's width. For example, a tyre aspect ratio described as P205/60 means the tyre section width is 205 mm, and the section height is 60 per cent of this. For a typical family passenger car, the aspect ratio is usually between 50 and 75. For low profile, high performance tyres, the aspect ratio is often as low as 30.


Measured in inches, the diameter refers to the rim diameter of the tyre. The tyre must be fitted and matched to the diameter of the rim. The final number in the tyre's code identifies the rim diameter. Common rim sizes include 15, 16, and 17 inches. Rim diameter is often determined by the make and model of the car.

Speed Rating

The speed rating of a tyre identifies the maximum speed at which the tyre should be run while on the vehicle. For passenger cars, this rating is between 99 miles and 186 miles per hour. The following table provides a list of the different speed ratings for the common passenger car tyre.

Tyre Speed Symbol

Maximum Tyre Speed


100 mph


106 mph


112 mph


118 mph


124 mph


130 mph


149 mph


over 150 mph


168 mph


186 mph

Common speed ratings for the average family car are T and H. These particular ratings are ideal as they fall within the majority of legal speed limits and are durable on long distance journeys.

New and Used Tyres

Consumers have the option of buying new or used tyres on eBay. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, although the majority of people prefer to buy new tyres for safety reasons. However, for those on a tight budget, they can find used tyres at a competitive price.

New Tyres

New tyres are tyres that have never been driven on the road. They are clearly identifiable as they have no markings, and the tread is in perfect order with no signs of wearing. New tyres sometimes come with some type of warranty or guarantee of quality and performance. Because of their full tread, new tyres last longer. On average, new all-weather tyres last between 40,000 and 100,000 miles. New tyres offer superior traction, safety, performance, mileage, and driving experience over used tyres. Although new tyres are more expensive than used tyres, they are generally not significantly so.

Used Tyres

The benefit of buying used tyres is that they are less expensive than new tyres. Considering that many people often need to purchase more than one tyre at a time, buying two or four new tyres can be very expensive. For this reason some people opt to purchase used tyres. Used tyres that are only slightly worn can be a good choice and offer good value for money. Retread tyres are used tyres that have been through a remanufacturing process to improve their traction and safety.

How to Buy Tyres on eBay

Once you have found a tyre that is suitable, it is recommended that you read the listing description carefully, taking note of the seller's feedback rating, their preferred method of payment, delivery options, and returns policy. A seller's feedback profile gives you an idea of the level of service you can expect. The detailed seller rating tells a lot about a seller. The higher the rating, the more positive feedback they have received. Take particular note of the most recent feedback the seller has received.

Most reputable sellers use PayPal, a secure on online payment system where you can transfer money directly from your bank account or credit card. Whenever possible, it is recommended that you pay for your tyres using PayPal. If you choose to collect your tyre in person, the seller may ask you to pay by cash. However, be careful not to carry too much cash around with you for safety reasons.


Having to purchase new tyres for a car can be an expensive and overwhelming task, especially if the car requires more than one tyre replaced at a time. For safety on the road, tyres should have sufficient tread, and the rubber should be soft and free from cracks. Deciding which type of tyre to buy depends on the weather conditions one drives in and the size and format of the tyre, such as tyre type, width, aspect ratio, diameter, and speed rating. Buyers can also choose to purchase brand new tyres or used tyres, including retreads. Understanding a bit about the different tyres available can help a consumer make an informed purchase decision.

eBay makes buying new or used tyres simple, effortless, and cost effective. Useful buying tools are available to help consumers get the most out of their eBay buying experience. With a large number of listings from all over the United Kingdom, buyers can quickly and easily find the right tyres to meet their budget.

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