Tyre Buying Guide

Tyres are the main point of contact between the car and the road, so it's important to choose the right tyre. It can be a confusing process, but we make it simple.

When should you replace your tyres?

The legal minimum tread depth in the United Kingdom is 1.6mm, but some manufacturers recommend replacing your tyres earlier.

Tread depth is measured across the central three quarters of the breadth of tread around the entire circumference. Drivers who fail to comply with these regulations risk a fine of up to £2,500 and three penalty points per illegal tyre. Most car tyres have tread wear indicators to help you assess when you've hit the limit. For more information, see our tyre law and penalties guide.

How to buy tyres

Here at Formula One Autocentres, we offer different options to find the perfect tyre for you. The easiest approach would be to go to our Tyre Search page and enter your registration or tyre size and choose from the tyres available.

We would always recommend manually checking the markings on the current tyres on your vehicle. We make the this as easy as possible with our handy Tyre Sidewall Markings guide.

Once you've selected the tyre for you:

  • Choose your nearest centre - we have over 100
  • Choose a convenient fitting date and time
  • Complete an online payment , Credit Card, Debit Card or Paypal

Once you've completed payment, you'll receive a confirmation email containing your order details and the tyres will be ready for fitting when you arrive in Centre. If you need to make an alteration to your order such as changing your tyre choice or re-arranging your appointment, email us at There's no additional charge for changing your appointment.

Our tyre prices include valves, standard balance and disposal of your old tyres. There's no hidden extras - the fitting is included within the price. To place your order online, start here. Alternatively, to check the location of your local fitting centre, view our Find A Centre page.

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  • Car ready in good time, paid online so was in and out in 10 mins. Staff member was very helpful and friendly.

    - J J, Southampton (Hedge End) - May 11, 2019
  • Very friendly always helpful with advice an trying to fit you in wer possible. I will always use them in the future top rate service from booking in to picking my car up

    - Doncaster - Apr 29, 2019
  • The service technician was extremely polite and friendly given a full explanation of what he had done

    - Maidstone - May 20, 2019
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