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How Do Tire Warranties Work for Passenger Vehicles?

Have you noticed the tread on your tires is starting to look a little low? In fact, on further inspection, you realize your tread-wear indicators are even with the tire tread, meaning it’s time to invest in a new set. Before you do, it’s important to understand how tire warranties work because you might just save yourself a few dollars.

Purchasing a new set of tires is a bit of an investment, but the tradeoff is worth it because you’ll benefit from:

  • Safer driving
  • Better all-around performance
  • Increased vehicle reliability

Most tires for everyday passenger vehicles come with a mileage rating determined by the manufacturing company. Known as a tread-life estimate, this rating gives an indication of how long you can reasonably expect to drive on those tires under standard driving conditions before they need replacing.

These mileage ratings differ between tire models (even for a single brand) and are usually based on the type of tire. It’s not uncommon to find tread-life estimates ranging between 80,000 and 110,000km for a particular type of tire.

Staggered or split fitment (meaning different size tires between front and read) may have a different tread life warranty. If that’s what you’re riding on, be sure to check with a team member or the tire manufacture’s website for details.

All About Tread-life Tire Warranties

So what happens if your tires need to be replaced before they reach the expected tread-life estimate? There are a number of factors that, in rare cases, can cause a tire to wear down prematurely, including:

  • Tire defect
  • Mechanical wear (such as damaged suspension parts or misalignment)
  • Damage from road hazards

Fortunately, tire warranties can help offset the cost of buying a new set of tires. Let’s say you’re driving on a set of Firestone Destination LE2 tires, which come with a tread warranty of 100,000km. If you only make it to 90,000km before they need replacing, the manufacturer will prorate the cost of your replacement tires based on the shortfall.

To qualify for a warranty, most tire shops, including Kal, expect drivers to do their part in taking care of their tires.

That includes:

  • Rotating your tires approximately every 8,000-10,000 kilometres
  • Maintaining your manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure

Tires Exemptions

Due to their intended use, some tires won’t come with a mileage warranty. This includes:

  • Most winter tires
  • High-performance tires
  • Off-road tires

Road Hazard Protection

Companies like Kal Tire understand that accidents do happen. That’s why they offer what’s known as road hazard protection. You can think of it as an insurance policy for your tires.

If you buy a new set of tires and they receive irreparable damage due to road conditions within 30 days of purchase, they’ll replace them at no cost. Beyond the 30 days, you’ll still be covered by road hazard protection; however, it will be on a prorated basis. This will be calculated using the percentage of remaining tread depth.

However, it should be noted that road hazard protection will become invalid if your tires are damaged due to:

  • An accident
  • Tire modifications
  • Misuse or negligence

To learn whether it’s time to replace your tires, read our post: How to Measure Tread Depth on Your Tires.

For expert advice, competitive rates and quality tires, visit your local Kal Tire store. We’ll help you choose the right tires based on your vehicle type, driving tendencies and available tire warranties.