It was time to fit new tyres as "advised" by the MOT tester. The two front were at the limit and the nearside rear had a screw in the sidewall. The offside was also nearing its safe limit.
Time to bite the bullet. I enquired at the local tyre fitters which I've used for the past fifteen years for my own, my son's and my daughter's car tyres,about the cost of a set of new black bits. They have always been competitive in the past, either undercutting, or near as **** the same as some of the larger tyre fitting chains. This time I was surprised that they could not match the "fitters that you can't get quicker than".
If you use the tinternet to order and arrange a fitting at a "centre near you" I saved myself about eighty quid. Watch out for the extra cost of valves, balancing and wheel alignment, they are extra to the tyre prices.
I have bought Bridgestone ER300's and will let you know how they compare to the Continental Sport Contacts which were on the car when I purchased it.
C-Max 2006, 2.0 Ltr, Petrol Ghia