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Old 10-10-2007, 09:36 PM
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Tire Warranty Worth It?

I need to buy new tires for my 03 CLK 500. Do you guys think the Tire Warranty at Discount Tire is worth purchasing or is it just a waste of money?
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Old 10-11-2007, 06:14 AM
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The last set of tires I bought I got the warranty on. About a year after I got them, I ran over a big bolt or some other type of scrap on the highway and tore the side out of one. They replaced it at no charge. I decided it was worth what I paid for the warranty just for that one time.
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Old 10-11-2007, 09:54 AM
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If you are lucky and the tire is not repairable then the warranty is worth it because they will replace it. Personally I haven't been so lucky and had "road hazards" which only damaged the tires so they were only obliged to repair them for free not replace them.

I won't drive on a patched or plugged tire so for me the choice was buy a new one consider that in your decision making. Most of the time you'll pick up a nail or screw which will be "fixable" you really want to ride on a repaired tire? Take the money for 4X warranty and apply it towards possibly having to replace one tire during their's usually about a 50/50 risk.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:07 PM
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Yes, if you're buying new tires. I change up my wheels so often that I haven't gotten to the point of buying new tires...for the benz. Now on my wife's wagon I got a warranty...but not on the SS. Why? With a 396 stroker, 6-speed and 4.56 gears in the rear the tires don't last long enough.

I've run on tires with patches, plugs and even a nail until the tires hit the wear bars. I've never had a problem with any of them. Unless you're planning on autocrossing or doing high-speed runs I see no remote issue with it. I've never heard of a documented tire failure due to a bad patch or plug so I don't worry about it.

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Old 10-18-2007, 12:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Nesreen View Post
I need to buy new tires for my 03 CLK 500. Do you guys think the Tire Warranty at Discount Tire is worth purchasing or is it just a waste of money?
I buy tires from and they sell a certificate for replacement for $12.50 (at least the last ones I bought were that amount) and they are honored at any America's Tires shop.
I ran over a small paper sack in a rainstorm once, I saw it and failed to dodge it as I took off at a traffic light. It turns out it contained a screwdriver bit, a long one that gave me an immediate flat. my spare was also flat so I carried the tire to a nearby shop (a garage I have used before actually) because I was miles from America's Tires. They plugged the tire but I wanted a patch on the inside which they said they couldn't do for whatever reason then I took the tire to America's a few days later and they said the plug was too large it might blow out and the cert would cover a new tire, these were Yokohamas V-rated and about $110 per tire so boy I was glad I bought certs. Actually I recall this was the second time I had a replacement under warranty. It all depends on your luck I guess.
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Old 10-18-2007, 03:06 PM
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A warranty is an insurance policy.

Know any insurance companies losing money?

Take the amount and put it in an interest-bearing account. Your "emergency" fund, as it were.

One assumes those purchasing warranties NEVER go to casinos or bet on the Super Bowl!
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Old 10-26-2007, 12:36 PM
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If you're like me and have 17 inch AMG wheels, 225 series Z-rated Michelins at $190 a pop, then $12.50 a tire is worth it IMO. Plus, at Discount tire, where I buy my tires (can you say FREE rotate and balance every 3k??) they will typically give you a price break on the tires if you buy the waranty. Think about it. These are commissioned salespeople. Help them out by buying a little peace of mind, and it will probably help YOU out again on the bottom line.
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Old 10-31-2007, 01:21 AM
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yes that warranty is a life saver. Run over a bolt they fix it for free. i had run over a huge bolt about 3/4", how it actually penetrated the tire i was puzzled but they can sure save money.
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