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Find out what tires are best for your car
With one of the largest selections in the area, a knowledgeable staff that’s committed to finding the best fit for your vehicle and driving habits, and the most advanced mounting and alignment equipment in the industry—Virginia Tire & Auto is the premier tire shop in Northern Virginia. Stop by one of our locations and see how our expertise can benefit you.
Choose us over an online retailer and avoid:
- Waiting around for deliveries
- Ordering the wrong tires
- Receiving the wrong order
- Hassling with returns and warranty claims
Choose us when purchasing tires and get:
*Within a 5 mile radius.
- FREE shuttle services
- FREE lifetime tire rotations & FREE lifetime wheel balances
- A FREE alignment check
- Our 30-Day Ride Guarantee
- Loaner vehicles (FREE if services exceed $200)
Recognizing tire damage.
- Sidewall cracking
- Uneven tread wear
Checking your tire’s tread depth.
THE PENNY TEST
Place a penny between the treads with Lincoln’s head upside down. If part of Lincoln’s head is covered, you have more than 2/32" of tread depth remaining. Once your tread is below 2/32", your tire is considered worn out and should be replaced ASAP.
THE QUARTER TEST
Place a quarter in several grooves with Washington’s head upside down. If part of Washington’s head is covered by the tread, you have more than 4/32" of tread depth remaining. We recommend replacing a tire when only 4/32" of tread remains as traction begins to be compromised at that tread depth.
Determining your vehicle’s tire size.
On your tire’s sidewall, you’ll find sets of numbers and letters. The below image will show you how to interpret this unique code—and in the process, help you discover your car’s tire size and capabilities.
Learn about your tire code
Sample Code: P205/60R15 89W
P: Intended for passenger vehicles. Refers to tires made to certain standards within the U.S.
If a code starts with LT (instead of P), it has higher-load carrying capabilities. LT tires are usually found on pickups and SUVs.
205: The width of the tire in millimeters from sidewall to sidewall.
60: The ratio of the height of the tire’s cross-section to its width.
R: Radial construction.
15: The diameter of the rim in inches.
89: The maximum load the tire can support when properly inflated.
W: Tells the maximum speed capability of a tire.
DOT means the tire complies with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in the United States.
Tire Identification Numbers are a series of letters and numbers following the letters DOT. These codes identify the factory location and the week and year your tire was manufactured.
Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQS) is a rating system developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation to provide consumers with information to help them purchase tires.
Tread Wear is a comparative rating based on the wear rate of the tire.
More Than 100: Better
Less Than 100: Poorer
Traction Grades represent the tire’s ability to stop on wet pavement.
Temperature Grades represent the tire’s ability to withstand heat.
Have a question? Want to report a concern?
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