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Discount Tire "Replacement Warranty" - Hype or Not?

So for $60 discount tire will warrant all four wheels for the life of the tire... What's your take, is it worth it?

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Ever had a blowout on the freeway? How about a run-in with a pothole? You've no doubt seen debris in the road such as broken glass and nails. Our Certificates for Free Replacement eliminate the financial burden of replacing these damaged tires.
Your spare tire is a temporary solution. Unfortunately, more often than not, the tire cannot be repaired and must be replaced. Now imagine this happening while there is still plenty of life left in the tire. Having to pay for a tire twice would frustrate anyone.

How am I Covered?
In the event one or more of your tires fail due to defect, or incurs damage that cannot be repaired, Discount Tire will replace it absolutely FREE. Regardless of the number of miles you put on the tires, you will be covered for the life of the original tread down to 3/32" remaining, or 3 years from the date of purchase. We have been offering this warranty for over 30 years. This Certificate for Free Replacement is unbeatable in the tire industry!

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So for $60 discount tire will warrant all four wheels for the life of the tire... What's your take, is it worth it?

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I found a nail in one of my tires back in December. It couldn't be repaired as it was too far out near the sidewall. I went in and they replaced the tire. The catch is you have to buy a new warranty for the new tire. Even so 18 bucks (compared to well over a hundred if I hadn't bought the certificates) for a new tire isn't bad.

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my friends who have suv's and stuff rolling on 20's or 24's all go through DT and do this warranty MCH...

however, they are friends w/ the mngr and im not sure if that smooths the process... but I've seen these guys gets many tires replaced under the warranty coverage. And as Jeffery said, you have to simply buy the warranty for the new tire...much better 20$ or so than 200$+ every time you blister/warp/puncture a tire.

It almost seems like how CostCo used to warranty all of their electronics for life... that policy has changed, it makes me wonder if DT will eventually change there's or if there are enough folks who don't use the warranty or forget about it, that it makes it profitable for DT in the end.

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I am a firm believer in Discount Tire's warranty program. I bought tires for my wife's mini van back in 2005 and have yet to have to buy, or shall we say pay full price for a replacement tire and all four tires are still relatively new because of replacements. When I bought my '08 Coupe I purchased certificates and lifetime rotation / balance for the michelin tires.

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It has worked for me in the past, I'll buy it again. Saved me about $200!
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Ok I am sold... cha ching $$...

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im a believer too. just do what what is necessary from you to maintain them and it'll likely be covered. i have an imbalance and rode low on my civics low profiles.. needless to say i forked out 120 a piece... when they wore uneven and riding low ruined them

but when i'd run over a nail.... boom got a new tire.

cant say i have never been tempted to run over a nail intentially to get new tires every now and then.
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I think they pro-rate the certificates. Less for cheaper tires, more for good ones. You have to weigh the price of replacing a tire to purchasing the certificates.
I put some cheap tires on my 91, and paid $8 per tire for the cert. A year later, they needed to replace one, and had to pay for a new cert. That's $40 in cert. for a $37 tire. Now if another needs to be replaced, I'll be ahead of the game.
If you plan to keep the car, it's good insurance.

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2 new michelins in the last month. DT will sell you warranties on your OEM's as well as on replacements. First tire got an impact blister on the sidewall (tollway commuter bonus prize) and I had to buy the new tire and 4 warranties (about $25/tire). 2 weeks later, a second tire same story, replaced under the 2 week old warranty with no fuss, paid $23 for a warranty on the new (free) tire and off I went. It's more than paid for itself. I have bought many sets of tires from DT and tell everyone I know to do business with them.

Oh, and I have 2 bent rims too.....time to get new rims and the wife won't even compain! I'll keep these OEM rims for next winter I guess. Never liked them anyway.

I try, after experience, to stay away from the Discount Tire brand tires though. They're a bargain, but they're not very good tires. Now, I like to ride the best tires available for whatever vehicle it is....seems to me that is where the real long term value is, even though it can be expensive up front.

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Wow! I have never had to replace a tire due to damage. I've had a couple plugged because of a nail or the like but never had to replace one other than it was worn out and time for new all the way around. I was about to say I think the warranty is a waste of money but apparently, a few of you have had the opportunity to use it.
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