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‘Why are my new car tyres excessively worn after 2,000 miles?’

Alex Robbins is a contributing editor at telegraph truck where, in addition to answering questions from readers, he also contributes reviews of new and used cars as well as articles on buying and selling.

His knowledge of the used car market feeds into his many buying guides, which focus on the best buys in specific sectors, with an emphasis on value for money. Every week he answers your questions about buying and selling and solves your car problems, whether consumer or mechanic.

Do you have a motor dilemma that you want our expert to solve? For consumer and used car advice or vehicle faults email CarsAdvice@telegraph.co.uk and quote your participant number. This week’s question…


Dear Alex,

I bought a Volkswagen ID.3 in November last year. Since then it has traveled 2,000 miles. Last week it was booked for warranty work and the mechanic found the tires had already worn down to 5mm.

So I assume I’ll be lucky enough to get 8,000 miles from them. When I bought the car, I specifically asked the seller what mileage I would get on a set of tires because of the added weight of the car and battery; I was told up to 30,000km. Am I wrong or am I missing something?

– JB

Dear JB,

It’s hard to disagree with your assessment of the lifespan of your tires, and in fact I heard from another reader who had to replace the tires on his ID.3 at just 8,000 miles. So I directed your query to Volkswagen, who replied: “We are not aware that this is a widespread problem, so it can (and hopefully is) a small number of unfortunate isolated incidents.”

It is true that electric vehicles are heavier than equivalent internal combustion engine (ICE) cars and as you imply by your calculations, the tires fitted to the ID.3 start at 6mm rather than the usual 8mm to reduce rolling resistance and thus increasing supply. “These two factors,” my contact at VW conceded, “can mean that they have to be replaced sooner than with a comparable internal combustion engine.”

With that in mind, the seller’s claim of up to 30,000 miles sounds a bit optimistic, to say the least. However, there is also a chance that the tire wear on your ID.3 is a bit excessive. My contact person adds: “I have an ID.3 as a company car, which I have had for a year and have covered 25,000 km so far. I checked last week and the Bridgestone tires are still roadworthy and showing no signs of excessive wear.”

Still, I want to keep that in mind. I therefore appeal to readers who own ID.3s (and other electric cars) to contact me at the usual email address to let me know how their tire wear is developing and whether they have had to replace tires already, and at what mileage. Maybe then we can get a measure of how much faster the tires on these cars wear out compared to internal combustion engines.

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