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Old 30th June 2021, 05:46 PM
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From memory a tyre can be classed as ‘new’ so long as the build date is less than 5 years ago - I might struggle to find a reference for that, but sticks in my mind from when I worked on tyre policy stuff…..
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From memory a tyre can be classed as ‘new’ so long as the build date is less than 5 years ago - I might struggle to find a reference for that, but sticks in my mind from when I worked on tyre policy stuff…..
I thought it was 2 years
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Old 30th June 2021, 07:01 PM
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Quoted from Black Circles - the same quoted elsewhere:

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Tyre Safety: 5 Year Rule

Tyres are considered to be “new” and fit for retail up to 5 years from the date of production.

This is an industry standard based on the German BRV.

When in use, it is recommended that tyres are replaced when they reach 7 - 10 years old, (6 years in the case of caravans or trailers).
There is a school of thought that a slightly older ‘new’ tyre will last longer as they’ve hardened a bit in storage so won’t go through that heavy initial wear that very recently cured new tyres will go through

Basically if you’ll use up these tyres before they get to an age where they might be cracking or hardening then nothing to worry about

ETA - storage conditions are key with tyres - dark and consistent temperature are important.
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Quoted from Black Circles - the same quoted elsewhere:

There is a school of thought that a slightly older ‘new’ tyre will last longer as they’ve hardened a bit in storage so won’t go through that heavy initial wear that very recently cured new tyres will go through

Basically if you’ll use up these tyres before they get to an age where they might be cracking or hardening then nothing to worry about

ETA - storage conditions are key with tyres - dark and consistent temperature are important.
I agree with this - I've never had an issue with slightly "older" tyres, and my opinion (not expert!) is that, in terms of degradation of tyre materials, it's the rubber rather than the other component materials that you need to be careful with. That's pretty easy to spot as cracking or hardening, either by yourself or via the tyre fitter.
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dark and consistent temperature are important.
How dark is dark Adrian? I have my spare (summer vs winter) tyres/wheels stored in a standalone brick garage (not part of my house) which does have a (dirty, cobwebbed!) window, but at best inside is "dim" and the tyres are nowhere near any shafts of sunlight that might penetrate!
And of course the temperature varies through the day/night/seasons, though not the same as sitting outside.
I've always assumed that was a fairly benign environment for them so I haven't put them in covers.
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Should be fine Andrew - what you don’t want (but is often the case when buying tyres) is for them to have spent a few years in a shipping container, which although dark will get roasting hot in summer and damp and wet in winter. Effectively it will age the tyres more due to extremes of temperature and moisture than they’ll benefit from being in the dark

My spare wheels sit in the integral garage - the summer set are probably getting due to be changed on age grounds as I can see cracking in the outer tread area from cornering. They’re Michelin Super Sports but date to week 4 of 2015! The winter set need changing as my wife drove over a box of long screws in the road and destroyed 2 of them!
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That's why I got all seasons, I will just use them up instead of throwing away good sets due to cracking, A8 is not my main car anyway (shame)
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Wheels and tyres are on.. used the all season BF's as per Mikki's suggestion and she was right, they are excellent and quiet
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