Understanding the different tire warranties and coverage

 

Many manufacturers offer different kinds of warranties, all of them are applicable to products purchased on blackcircles.ca. They can however be confusing or very complex; in this guide we will list and explain the different types of warranties and what they cover. You will also find a list of manufacturers to see what warranties they offer.

The Standard Manufacturer Warranty is offered by all major manufacturers as well as some entry-level ones, this warranty covers factory defects and issues for new tires. If a tire is damaged due to an issue during the manufacturing process or because of a quality issue in the materials used in the construction, this warranty will cover the replacement. Any tire that shows damage from a road hazard (puncture, sidewall bump) will not be covered by this warranty. 

Also called Workmanship and materials warranty.

Some Manufacturers offer a Road Hazard warranty. Any tire that is damaged by a road hazard (impact break, cut, puncture) will be replaced free of charge by a manufacturer (Can be pro-rated to usage). These warranties usually have a limitied duration (first 2/32nds or first year of usage). They are great if your tire gets damaged by a curb or pothole.

A lot of tires are offered with a Limited Mileage Warranty (Also called Treadwear Warranty) especially Summer All season tires and more rarely winter tires. Depending on their use and applications, tires will have a certain KM rating determined by the manufacturer; if the tires are worn out before the limit, the manufacturer will offer a pro-rated reimbursment. For example if a set of tires is worn out after 90,000 KM and had a Mileage Warranty of 100,000 KM, the manufacturer will issue a reimbursment of 10% of the value of the set.

However some conditions apply, the most important one is that a proof of tire rotation every 10,000 to 13,000 KM must be provided with the claim.

In reality, these warranties are not to be taken to the letter and your tires might not last exactly the amount of KM on the warranty. However it means that the manufacturer is confident enough in its products to give them a KM rating that will usually be close to the total use of customers. For example the P4 Four Season Plus from Pirelli offers a 145,000KM warranty for T-rated version ! What this tells you is these tires might last you 120,000-145,000KM (which is a lot) depending on your usage but they will not last less than 60,000KM.

The Tire Satisfaction Plan is usually offered for a set of 4 tires, if you are not satisfied by the tires, you have a 30-day window from the date of purchase to exchange them. Most manufacturers require the customers to exchange their tires for another product from their product line-up.

The Roadside Assistance is offered only by a handful of manufacturers, essentially if you have a flat tires or road hazard, this warranty will offer you a free service to tow your car to the nearest tire retailer that will repair your tire or change it (limit of 150 miles / 250 KM)

 

Warranties by Manufacturers:

You can click on each manufacturer's page to see what warranties they offer: