As a Motability Scheme customer, your three year worry-free lease package includes replacement tyres, so tyres worn or damaged through normal use will be replaced for no extra cost. Most Kwik Fit branches operate on a first-come, first-served basis, which can lead to long waiting times during busy periods, so we would recommend that you book an appointment in advance. This article looks at how to go about using this online booking tool, to provide you with a no-fuss, easy to use tyre replacement service.
When should I replace my tyres?
Tread helps your car grip the road, as well as assisting with bringing your car to a stop in the shortest possible distance if you need to hit the brakes. Most car tyres start life with 8mm of tyre tread when they’re first fitted to a vehicle, but it will slowly begin to lose that tread with every mile traveled. While careful drivers who avoid sharp braking and cornering at speed can preserve their tyres for longer, even the most prudent driver cannot avoid one inevitable fact – the more miles you drive, the more your tyre tread will wear down until eventually, you’ll need to replace that tyre.
Good to know:
Legally, tyres need to be replaced when the tread depth falls to 1.6mm on 75% of the contact surface. However Kwik Fit will replace tyres on Motability Scheme cars when the depth falls to 2.0mm.
There are a number of ways to measure your tyre tread depth. The first is a device called a tread depth gauge. This simple tool is designed to give a quick and accurate measurement of the depth of an individual tyre by dropping a pin into the tread groove and measuring how deep the pin falls. If you don’t have one of these, another way to check is to use a 20 pence coin. ‘The 20p test’ is a quick and easy way of assessing if the tread depth of your tyres is a concern. Simply insert the coin into the grooves of the tyre and bring your eye level in line with the face of the tyre. If you can see the outer band of the coin, it’s likely the tread is worn to a point that the tyre needs to be replaced.
Booking an appointment with Kwik Fit online
If you think you might need new tyres, either because the tread has become worn or they show signs of damage or a puncture, you can book your Motability Scheme vehicle into your local Kwik Fit centre using the online booking tool. This tool is really easy to use – simply enter your registration and confirm your tyre size when booking an appointment so Kwik-Fit can ensure they reserve the right tyres for you. You can choose the nearest and most convenient centre for you or request an appointment with Kwik-Fit Mobile for an appointment, at your choice of location, which reduces waiting times on arrival.
If you choose to make an appointment at a Kwik-Fit centre, the online booking process will show you all the available appointments where there is a one-hour slot free. Your tyres will be ordered and put aside solely for use on your vehicle – so you can be sure that you won’t have any wasted journeys when you make your tyre booking.
How to book an appointment online?
On the Motability Scheme tyre information for customer’s web page, select the book your appointment online link which will take you directly to the Book Tyre Inspection page on the Kwik Fit website, where you can start booking your appointment. You will then be required to simply follow the directions that are specified on the page to secure your reservation.
Win with Kwik Fit
If you need new tyres, book your appointment with Kwik Fit online between 1 August and 30 September to be automatically entered into their draw to win 1 of 5 £40 Love2shop vouchers. Full details and T&Cs here.
More about your tyres on the Motability Scheme
Remember, puncture repairs, wheel balance and replacement of stolen or vandalised tyres is also included in the lease package, so Kwik Fit can get you back on the road as quickly and safely as possible if any of these instances occur.
If you are not a Motability Scheme customer and would like to find out more about what’s included in the lease, request an information pack or find out more on our website.