The thing about having two sets of wheels/tyres is that you only wear out one set at a time. I have purchased a set of 2nd hand steel rims and trims at a cost of about £200 when you add in the cost of the steel wheel nuts! Alloy ones won't do! Add on 4 Cooper winter tyres at £78 plus VAT each and you have a serious outlay. However, the plus points are:
1. You have vastly superior performance in Cold, Wet and in particular, Snowy conditions
2. You don't wear out your "Summer" tyres which are totally useless in such conditions anyway.
3. You can clean up your nice alloy wheels and store them somewhere safe where they won't get damaged by salt and grit on the roads in the winter.
4. Because you aren't running the summer tyres you're actually saving them and extending their life.
5. Never was the expression" Horses for courses" more true! Proper winter tyres are AWESOME in comparison to Standard fitment OEM tyres.
6. When you sell on the car, you can offer the wheels to the buyer, at a premium, or, if the car has been replaced like for like, they will do further service on the "new" vehicle.
I have sold the 15" tyres I had for my picasso to a neighbour who has a Fusion. Two had done 1 winter and two had done 4 but still had plenty of tread. He gave me enough to buy 2 tyres for the C-Max. I gave the rims to my son for his Xsara.
In my opinion, some of the tyres now fitted to cars as standard are only there to reduce the CO2 emissions and get the car into a lower tax bracket. Low rolling resistance in my book means low grip and I have had some hairy moments in the wet with Michelin "Energy" tyres to name but one. I consigned one such pair to the skip after an aquaplaning indecent at less than 50 MPH with more than 3mm of tread present!
To conclude, It is my belief that winter tyres should be made mandatory when the average monthly temperature drops below 7 Deg C. This would bring us into line with some European countries and stop the BMW and Merc drivers Bitching that "the Council" haven't done enough to clear the roads.
Edited by: Big Budgie
2008 2.0 TDCi Zetec