Car insurance: Motorists 'should go for quality over cost'

Saturday, 04 April 2009

Motorists keen to protect the no-claims bonus on their motor insurance policy may be well-advised to go for quality over cost when it comes to tyres, it has been suggested.

According to Autocar magazine, opting for budget brands when it comes to this important vehicle part can be a false economy.

It explained imported products from Taiwan and China make up one-fifth of all tyres sold in the UK.

The publication pointed out these items are subjected to a high speed test but are not assessed on braking, handling or aquaplaning.

In order to determine how well cheaper tyres perform compared to a premium product, Autocar tested the budget products Linglong, Nankang, Wanli, Traingle and GT Radial against a more expensive example from the Continental range.

The latter brand came top in all but one assessment.

Jamie Corstorphine, chief tester at Autocar, said: "Having seen how the five cut-price tyres in this test perform, we're in no doubt that quality pays dividends."

Drivers who invest in quality car parts may find it saves them money in the long-run, as it could help them avoid accidents and allow them to qualify for a no-claims discount when they renew their car insurance.

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