Getting a new car means absorbing a lot of information when it comes to the warranty and what it will (and will not) cover. If you have a Honda vehicle and are wondering if the warranty covers the tires, we can help you. We researched this popular make of car to get you the information you need.
Honda does not offer a warranty on the tires as part of the vehicle warranty. The tire manufacturer will cover the tires under their own factory warranty from defects.
Most Honda dealerships have their own additional coverage that can be purchased as an option to cover certain tire damage.
We'll take a look at the coverage available from the tire manufacturer for these tires. If you wonder what else isn't covered under the Honda warranty or if you need a new tire if your current one has a nail in it, we can help you there. Read on to see what our research has uncovered.
Just how are tires covered when you buy a new vehicle?
How tires are covered can be a little confusing. Our aim in this part of the post is to explain just who is responsible for what when it comes to your tires.
What the tire warranty covers
As we mentioned earlier in this post, the tire manufacturer has its own warranty on your new vehicle's tires. There will be a pamphlet outlining this coverage given to you when you buy your new Honda.
This warranty covers manufacturers' defects that occur before a certain mileage is reached. If your tires have worn through their tread before the warrantied mileage amount, they will also be covered.
Any defects to your tires should be reported to the tire manufacturer. Honda will not be able to help you with the tire manufacturer's warranty.
What tire warranties will not cover
What if you run over a nail, have pothole damage your tire, or have another sort of road hazard render your tire useless? Unfortunately, the warranty from the tire manufacturer will not cover anything of this nature.
The tire manufacturer's warranty will cover the manufacturer's defects only. Any damage to your tires from outside forces, whether natural or man-made, will be on you to cover out of pocket.
There is an option available for a nominal fee that can get your tires replaced or fixed, however.
How the tire protection plan from Honda works
If you are worried about road hazards destroying your tires and don't want to sweat the potential costs, Honda has a solution. When you buy a new Honda you will have the option to purchase their Tire and Rim Protection Plan.
The cost of this plan will vary from region to region. The length of coverage will also factor into the cost. The base amount of coverage is 12 months from the date of purchase, but some will have the option of extending it up to 84 months.
These plans will cover road damage to not only your tires but to your wheels as well. Damage from potholes, nails and screws, glass, and other debris are covered. Many plans won't even have a deductible. Review this potential coverage carefully, and make sure it's the right fit for your needs before committing to it.
What is not covered by the Honda warranty?
Like all new vehicles, Hondas are covered by a manufacturer's warranty. While offering a fairly competitive warranty for their vehicles, they do not cover everything. We've seen that tires are not covered by Honda with the standard warranty, but let's take look at what else is excluded.
Whether you have the bumper-to-bumper warranty or the drive train warranty, you'll find that Honda will not cover a lot of wearable parts. These include the following:
- Windshield wiper blades
- Spark plugs
- Any filters
- Brake pads
- Clutch pads (manual transmissions only)
- Floor mats
- Seat covers
- Shock absorbers
- Light bulbs (including headlights)
Carefully review the warranty information the dealership makes available to you. A trained sales professional will walk you through the coverage.
Never commit yourself to additional coverage or extended warranties unless you understand what they fully entail.
How long is the Honda vehicle warranty?
The limited warranty offered by Honda on their new vehicles covers different aspects of their vehicles at different limits. Knowing what is covered and for how long can be an important factor in determining whether or not you are a candidate for an extended warranty.
Honda will cover the drive train for three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. You will also be able to enjoy free roadside assistance under the same time/mileage limitations.
The powertrain will be covered under the standard warranty for five years or 60,000 miles, whichever is reached first. Additionally, there is an anti-perforation warranty that is covered for five years, but with an unlimited amount of miles.
Do I need a new tire if I have a nail in it?
Just because your tire is flat doesn't mean that you'll need to replace it. This is true even if you find that the reason you are stuck with an airless tire is due to a nail or screw that found its way into the rubber.
In most cases, tires that have nails in them can have the nails removed and safely plugged. A tire repair shop can easily and cheaply do this, and it can be done fairly quickly.
It's important to know that there is one big exception to plugging a tire with a nail in it. Nails that have somehow been driven into the sidewall of any tire should never be plugged.
Plugs won't hold effectively when they are applied to this part of the tire. Unfortunately, this means that a new tire is in your future.
When do I need to replace my tires?
Tires should obviously be replaced whenever they have damage done to them that a patch won't fix. But that's not the only time you should get new ones put on your car.
If your tread is less than 2mm deep, most states deem the tires unfit for the road. Aside from general tread wear, uneven tread wear is cause for a tire replacement. This is usually due to an alignment issue which will continue to impact your tires until your vehicle is realigned.
Tires that are more than ten years old should also be replaced, as they are not engineered to last forever. The tread will begin to crack and separate with age.
If you've had tires for a number of years, even if there are minimal miles on them, it's a great idea to have them swapped out for new ones.
Like most automakers, Honda does not cover their tires under the vehicle warranty. Consider getting the additional coverage for the tires from the dealership, as it will cover the roadside damage that the tire manufacturer will not cover.
Be sure to keep your vehicle maintained properly so that you don't void the warranty on the covered components of your Honda. Drive safe!
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