Does a New Car Warranty Cover OEM Tires?

Does a New Car Warranty Cover OEM Tires?

If you’re like most car owners, you’re probably thinking the car’s manufacturer warranty has got you covered. You might be surprised to find out that when it comes to tires, it likely doesn’t. The truth is, there are a lot of things that may be covered under the new car warranty, but tires are not one of them. The reason–tires have their very own warranty provided by the tire manufacturer itself.

The tire manufacturer has a no-cost to the owner replacement policy for defective tires.

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However it depends on the reason for the replacement of the tire. If there is a defect in the tire, such as sidewall cracks or rips, or the tread prematurely separating then they are almost always covered by the tire maker’s warranty.

Tires on a new car typically have a 36,000 mile manufacturer’s warranty against defects. This is a standard warranty provided with the car’s purchase, but if you want to buy more coverage through your dealership then they can usually offer it. Third-party insurance agencies usually provide extended warranty plans that include tire protection.

What is Not Covered Under a New Car Tire Warranty?

Not covered by the new car tire warranty is tread wear or damage from road hazards.

Driving your car thousands of miles will result in significant tire tread wear, and is not covered under the new car tire warranty. 

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Additionally driving over an object on the highway causing damage to your tire is also not covered by the warranty.

Typically Not Covered Under New Tire Warranty:

  • Nail in tire
  • Tire bubble
  • Blown tire due to pot hole or other road hazards
  • Tire blow out due to under inflated tires

Proper Tire Maintain is Key When Filing a Warranty Claim

If you need to file a warranty claim, be sure that your tires have been properly inflated and rotated according to schedule. The manufacturer will ask for proof of this maintenance when filing an official warranty claim with them. Otherwise they’ll assume there has been some sort of improper maintenance issue or damage caused by road hazards.

When a tire problem is not covered by the manufacturers’ warranty or any other warranty, the dealership service manager may choose to cover it at no charge to the customer as to maintain the relationship. It is always a good idea to check with your car dealer first before making any other decisions.

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Final Thoughts

If you want to protect your vehicles tires against defects, it’s important that you maintain the manufacturer recommended tire pressure and rotate them regularly. The 36,000 mile tire warranty is for manufacturing defects only.

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