Last time we covered certain aspects of specific warranties on tires, mainly tire life and tread life. Now we’ll dig deeper into the not so well known type of warranties.
Road Hazard Warranties
Tire stores only typically offer these warranties, which come into play if you get a flat tire. If the tire can be repaired, the repair is covered for the duration of the warranty. If the tire can’t be repaired, the company will prorate the remaining mileage toward the purchase of a new tire.
Road hazard warranty prices vary, based on the tire and the vendor, but on average, they range from $10-$20 per tire. Feelings are mixed about these types of warranties – some consumers have put them to good use, while others feel that they are a waste of money.
While the warranties are a major source of profit for tire shops, that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have value to drivers. These warranties are essentially insurance policies. If you’re considering whether to buy a road hazard warranty, think about how many times you’ve had a nail or a puncture in your tire in the last few years. Was the amount you spent on repair or replacement enough to justify the warranty? Do you drive in an area where there is a lot of debris on the road? Depending on how you answer these questions, the warranties might be worth your money.
Workmanship and Materials Warranty
The workmanship and materials warranty protects the consumer from any defects in the manufacturing or materials used in the tire. Most manufacturers offer this coverage for the life of the tire. Workmanship and materials means that the manufacturer and/or tire dealer stand behind the product, should you run into some issue.
Some of the problems that would be covered include severe cracking in the sidewall or the loss of a block of tread. If a workmanship or manufacturing failure comes up within the first 2/32nds of an inch of tread, most manufacturers or dealers will replace the tire free of charge. Anything after that will usually be prorated.
The uniformity warranty is one that a driver might never encounter. This warranty covers excessive vibration or ride disturbance caused by a tire. For most companies, the buyer has to notify the company within the first 2/32nds of an inch of tire tread. However, a problem like that would be very obvious to any driver. In most circumstances, a uniformity problem would be covered under the 30-day manufacturer’s or tire dealer ride guarantee, but the uniformity clause is there to protect the consumer against problems that happen past that.