Why We Don't Recommend Avon Tyres

Before we write anything, we need to give a quick disclaimer. The opinions expressed in this article are purely just opinions! We are not trying to bash the Avon tyre brand, nor are we trying to present any Avon tyre dealers in a negative light. We are merely making an observation, and are giving a recommendation based upon that observation.

Avon tyre is and will continue to be, a well-known tyre brand with a strong history in the tyre trade. Many customers are happy with their products and will therefore not agree with our views on their tyres. That’s fine; the proof is in the pudding after all. So if you are satisfied with your Avon tyres, then you need not read on.

However, for those of you that are in the market for new tyres, and are considering Avon as a potential brand, we encourage you to read on. We’ve got something to show you.

The pros of Avon tyres

Before we get into the nitty-gritty as to why we don’t recommend Avon tyres, there are some positive things we feel you should know about them as a company.

Avon Tyres are a British company

Yes, that’s correct. Avon Rubber p.l.c is a British company based in Wiltshire. In a market heavily saturated with tyres made by Asian and European countries, it’s rare to find a manufacturer that is on our soil as it were. 

Avon tyres have fantastic reviews from many customers.

If you look at any significant tyre website, you will see hundreds of positive reviews regarding Avon tyres and their products. People like the performance of their tyres, and we don’t deny the fact that they are a well-balanced tyre. They give excellent grip in both the dry and wet and seem to last for many miles.

Avon tyres have a long history in the tyre trade

Founded in 1880, Avon Rubber has been manufacturing rubber products for almost 140 years! With such a lengthy background in the rubber industry, Avon has both the knowledge and experience to make great products.

So then, why would we tell you not to buy Avon tyres? Surely a British company that makes a quality product is something we should be proud of and support! Absolutely. Avon does make the right product with regards to performance, but there is one major flaw with their manufacturing process. The quality of their compound. Avon tyres perish very quickly.

They don't make them like they used to...

The world is becoming more eco-friendly, whether that’s how we drive, how our food is packaged, or how our tyres are made. Tyres have always had a negative impact on our environment. They are hard to manufacture and even harder to recycle. Tyre manufacturers nowadays must abide by strict environmental laws to reduce their carbon footprint during production, and one of the ways they achieve this is by using less carbon black in their tyre compounds. Unfortunately, this is where things start to go wrong for Avon.

Carbon black

In case you didn’t know, rubber isn’t inherently black by nature – it’s white. The reason tyre rubber is black is primarily due to the use of carbon black. Now, carbon black isn’t just used to change the colour of the rubber; it’s also used as a filler to bind the materials of a tyre together. Carbon black also helps to prevent the tyre from being damaged by UV rays, the primary cause of perishing. This is the problem. By using less carbon black, the tyres perish quicker.

It can't just be Avon, right?

You’d think so, but in the past two weeks alone we’ve had several situations where customers have replaced their tyres prematurely due to excessive perishing – all of which have been Avon branded tyres. These tyres weren’t old either (as you may have initially thought), some were less than three years old! That’s not a long life span for a tyre; Even for caravans and motorhomes, the recommendation is to replace the tyres after 6 to 8 years, that gives you an idea how quickly these tyres start to crack.

Where is the evidence?

In the court of law, anecdotal evidence is the weakest form of evidence you can present; and unfortunately, we do not have any studies or tests to back up our claims. However, I have taken some images from recent jobs to provide some visual proof for you to consider.

Job #1

Here we have a tyre removed from a VW Touran. The customer initially called us out to repair a puncture as their tyre was flat. However, upon arriving, we noticed that the inside of the casing was starting to perish quite noticeably. Upon further investigation, we found some cords were being to protrude from the sidewall. 

How old is this tyre? Well according to its dot code it was made in the 48th week of 2014. So it’s roughly five years old. Five years old and already cords are starting to break through the casing. That’s extremely dangerous and could easily cause a tyre malfunction, hence why it would be a failure on an MOT. 

Of course, this could be a one-off. Tyres aren’t perfect, and you do sometimes get faulty casings from time to time. However, you’ll soon see this isn’t as uncommon as you might think.

Job #2

On this occasion, a customer called us out to replace three tyres advised on their most recent MOT. The MOT tester said that the tyres were noticeably perished and would, therefore, need replacing soon. 

Upon arrival, this is what we found. All three tyres were cracking near the bead. Every single one. And these tyres were even newer than the last example; these were manufactured on the 12th week of 2016. 

And in case you get confused by the images, Cooper tyres and Avon tyres are the same company. They use the same compound in their products. 

To give you a comparison, we took a picture of the fourth tyre on the car. The one that wasn’t advised on the MOT. Would you believe it if we told you that the oldest tyre on the vehicle was actually in the best condition? Well here’s the proof.

This Continental was made on the 29th week of 2009. That’s ten years ago! But check out the sidewall. Not a crack or split to be seen. That just goes to show you how soon these Avon tyres crack.

Job #3

And for our last image, we have a tyre removed from a Chevrolet Kalos. The customer initially called us to replace both of their front tyres as one was flat and the other had a slow puncture. We checked out the condition of her current tyres and found that the tyre with the slow leak has cords protruding from the sidewall.

Once again, this was not an old tyre as the casing was manufactured in 2015. 

In summary

In two weeks, we found five separate Avon branded tyres that were showing excessive cracking on the sidewall. These tyres were not old. They were all within an acceptable tyre age (up to 6 years). Yet, this severity of perishing is similar to what you might see on a tyre that is 15 to 20 years old.

If this issue was shared amongst all tyre manufacturers, then you could somewhat understand it. But it’s not. It’s only Avon tyres that seem to experience this particular issue, and so that’s why we don’t recommend them as a tyre brand.

You may not have this issue with your Avon tyres. You may have Avon tyres that are older than ten years and show no signs of cracking; in which case, great! Carry on using them. We don’t believe this to be an issue with every tyre they produce; however, there is no doubt in our mind that many Avon tyres are prone to early perishing and therefore we don’t want to recommend such a tyre to our customers.

If you found this post interesting and would like to see more of this, let us know. If you feel that we’ve got our information wrong and would like to correct us on the matter, you should get in touch too. We are always open to feedback and would love to hear from you.

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