Understanding Tyre Warranties – 5 Things That Will Void Your Coverage
Did you know there are actually a handful of different tyre warranties offered by manufacturers and tyre stores? The one you may be familiar with already is the tread-life warranty, but there are few others as well. Let’s take a brief look at each type before we see how you can ensure that your warranty isn’t voided so you can save money on new tyres or a tire repair if needed.
A tread-life warranty is a given; all tyre manufacturers offer them. If you come across tyres that don’t offer a tread-life
warranty, steer clear. Determined by the manufacturer, this is the reasonable number of kilometers the tyre can be expected to last under normal driving conditions.Major manufacturers typically offer tread-life warranties between 70,000 and 100,000 kilometers. They may also have a time limit in place–for example, 80,000 kilometers or 6 years, whichever comes first. If the tread wears down past 1.6 mm before the tyre reaches these limits, you may be able to get some money back.
A uniformity warranty covers you if the tyres have ride issues. This is rare, and you will typically notice it right away because the car will vibrate and your ride will be disturbed.
Workmanship & Materials
Typically offered for the life of the tyre, workmanship and materials warranties cover any manufacturing defects. These warranties are usually prorated after the tread-life warranty has expired.
Road hazard warranties are usually offered by tyre shops. This type of warranty will cover the repair of your tyre if it gets a flat, as long as still within the warranty limit. If the tyre needs to be replaced, the amount will usually be prorated. Getting a road hazard warranty may be a good idea if you drive a lot or drive on bad roads consistently.
Some manufacturers offer special warranties. For example, a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. They may also offer free tyre-change roadside assistance.
…Now that you know a little more about the types of warranties, keep in mind that it’s important to take the following measures to ensure that you don’t void your warranty:
Rotate Your Tyres
If your tread wears out (past 1.6 mm) before you reach your warranty limit, you will have to prove that your have had your tyres rotated and car balanced routinely, typically every 5,000 to 8,000 km. If you can’t prove it, the warranty will be void and you won’t get the prorated cash amount of the tyre or tyres back. So make sure to rotate them and can show that you’ve rotated them.
Maintain the Correct Tyre Pressure
Having tyres that are consistently under-inflated or over-inflated can void your warranty as well. If this has occurred often, it can typically be observed by looking at the tyre. Make sure to check your tyre pressure routinely and that you have the correct amount of pressure in there as specified by the manufacturer.
Report Ride Issues Right Away
A uniformity issue that isn’t reported within the first millimeter of tread wear will typically void your uniformity warranty. This can be a big cost if it’s determined that you need new tyres in this case.
Avoid Racing & Excessive Off-Roading
Since warranties are covered only if the tyres are used in normal driving conditions, doing a lot of off-roading or racing can also void it. If your tyres are designed for off-roading, the manufacturer may give you some leeway, but excessive racing is not considered normal wear.
Vandalised Tyres or Using Snow Chains
Unfortunately, if someone has a vendetta against you and slashes your tyres, the manufacturer won’t pay for replacements; however, your car insurance may cover it. Also, make sure not to use snow chains, as this will void most warranties.