Good Tires Are Essential: Protect Them With A Solid Warranty
Next to your brakes, there’s probably no other part on your car that is as important as your tires when it comes to safety. Without good tires you run the risk of accidents, and you also suffer other important operational issues (like paying more for gas). These facts make having your tire protected under warranty mega-important. Depending on the manufacturer of your car tire, you may get a certain amount of coverage, but this will always be tricky to regulate. It is important therefore to have specific coverage for your tires; this will save you money and headaches in the short, medium and long term.
Although the standard usable life of a tire as established by most tire manufacturers is about 6 years, it is important to understand the various in-built and extended warranties that can help protect tires. We’ll look at a few below.
Warranty Against Road Hazards
If you’ve been driving a car for a reasonable length of time, you’ve probably had a puncture or two. This is normal over the course of a tire’s life, but you can protect against these punctures by purchasing tires from regulated and official sources. By doing this you’ll benefit from what is called a road hazard warranty. This type of warranty will cover the cost of repairs to a flat tire caused by loose debris on a road. If the tire cannot be repaired, an assessment will be made of the ‘reasonable life’ left on the tire ad compensation given for this difference in mileage. The only downside to this type of tire warranty is that they are usually very short in lifespan—typically 12 months.
Special Manufacturer’s Tire Warranty
Some tire manufacturers, offer special types of warranties on their tires. These are offered mainly as incentives to attract customers, but are well worth having—even if they don’t last a long time. A typical special warranty will offer some level of roadside assistance for punctures; a limited satisfaction guarantee period and limited and extended mileage coverage. It is important to note that these types of warranties cannot be had from just any tire shop—only purchases from approved manufacturer’s outlets will suffice.
Materials and Workmanship Tire Warranties
These will come with any tire purchase and typically last for the life of the tire. Let’s say for instance, your tire develops problems like bulging, and it’s assessed that it is due to a certain compound used in the manufacturing of the tire, you will get either a full refund or a replacement of the defective tire. Thankfully though, these problems are not as common, and most tire manufacturers adhere to very high quality standards when making their tires.
The above warranties are not absolute protection against repairs and replacement. There are still things you have to do to make sure these warranties remain in place and aren’t challenge at the critical points of claim. If you don’t look after the tires to the generally accepted standards set by most manufacturers, you may find that when you come to claim you have problems. As long as you don’t over-inflate, rotate or use your tires on rugged, unspecified terrain, you should be fine.