Used Car Inspection Checklist
Use this handy 50-point checklist when buying and inspecting a used car. Print it and take it with you.
Wheels and Tires
Are tires worn to unsafe level (less than 2/32″ tread depth at lowest point)?
Tires with less than 2/32″ tread depth at lowest point are unsafe and should be replaced immediately. Less than 4/32″ is unsafe in rain. Less than 6/32″ is unsafe in snow. Hint: Buy a cheap ($5) tire tread-depth gauge at any auto parts store, Wal-Mart, or Sears
Are left/right tires worn unevenly on front? On rear?
Unevenly worn left and right tires are unsafe and cause handling and steering problems. It might indicate a bent or twisted frame as a result of an accident. Always replace tires in pairs