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Everyone knows that buying a new car can be expensive. So if you’ve decided that you’re in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, you’ll want to evaluate any potential car’s tire tread depths.

To answer this question, you’ll want to check the tire’s tread depth. To do this, all you’ll need are some U.S. coins!

1. Place a penny into the tread grooves. If Lincoln’s head is covered by the tread, you have more than 2/32″ of tread depth remaining. Click here to view an example.

2. If you’re using a quarter, when Washington’s head is covered by the tread, you have more than 4/32″ of tread depth remaining.

To check for uneven wear evaluate the tread depth in several different places throughout the tire.  It is possible for a tire to show significant wear in one spot — and less wear in another.

According to most states’ laws, tires need to be replaced when they have worn down to 2/32″ of remaining tread depth.  Another way to ensure you have at least 2/32” depth remaining is to check your tire’s wear bars. Click here to learn how.

Remember, you’ll want to ensure that any vehicle you purchase is riding on safe tires, as tread depth plays a vital role your vehicle’s ability to perform in rain and snow. If you find yourself in need of new tires, visit your local Best-One location and one of our friendly staff will be glad to help you out!


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Lindsey Beer
Operations Manager
Zurcher's Best-One Tire & Auto Care,
19 yrs. of experience

Jim Channell
Vice President
Best-One Tire & Service of Princeton, IN,
39 yrs. of experience

Roger Clark
Best-One Tire & Service of Richmond,
35 yrs. of experience

Larry Knicely
Patriot's Best-One Tire & Auto Care,
20 yrs. of experience

John Miller
Director of Retail Development
Best-One Tire & Service,
26 yrs. of experience

David Mitchell
Managing Partner
Best-One Tire & Service of Lima,
14 yrs. of experience

Nate Zolman
Zolman Tire,
28 yrs. of experience

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