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Run-flat tyres "failing to capture buyers"

The latest generation of run-flat tyres is failing to capture the imagination of new car buyers, according to AA Tyre Fit.

The take up of run-flats on new cars where they are offered as an option is negligible and only where they are supplied on some luxury cars as standard equipment are they finding their way onto the road, says the AA's mobile tyre fitter, which claims to be the UK's largest.

AA Tyre Fit General Manager David Goodyear said: "Where run-flats have been fitted as original equipment on more expensive cars, then buyers seem to be pleased to have them and, when it comes to replacement, willing to replace like-for-like.

"However, where run-flats are offered as an option by manufacturers,buyers are not interested. It seems that they are not willing to pay a price premium for them in the showroom and that they are also nervous of what the replacement cost may be."

Goodyear believes that the technology seen in run-flats is worthwhile but will only become commonplace if the tyres are widely specified as original manufacturer equipment.

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