Peace of mind on the road is essential for drivers, whether they travel a long distance every day or stay close to home. Part of that peace of mind is feeling confident in your car’s reliability, including the tires. Honda, along with all other manufacturers, provides a limited warranty on most components in its vehicles, but what about the tires? Take a look at the Honda tire warranty and how it all works.
Does Honda Have a Tire Warranty?
When you purchase a new Honda, the original tires are covered by the tire manufacturer’s warranty. If you run into a problem with one or more of the tires, you can contact your Honda dealer, and they can help you get in contact with the local representative from the tire manufacturer.
Can I Get Warranty Coverage for My Honda’s Tires?
Some Honda dealerships offer extra protection for tires under the Road Hazard Tire and Wheel Protection Plan. This coverage depends on the dealership and covers tires sold through the dealership. In order to be eligible for the benefits, you must be the original purchaser of the covered tire, and the tire needs to be on the covered vehicle when the damage occurs.
The Road Hazard Warranty replaces tires damaged by road hazards, such as debris on the road, or surface conditions, such as cracks and potholes. In most cases, the coverage provides a replacement of the wheels if they cannot be balanced or will not hold air. It also covers replacement if the damage affects the structural integrity of the tire.
The standard plan includes:
- A set amount for each tire and each wheel
- A set amount for repairs
- A set amount for lifetime coverage throughout the duration of the contract
This is the basic coverage you can expect through most Honda dealers that offer the road hazard warranty. It may differ depending on where you purchase your tires. Some dealerships also offer extra coverage.
Honda dealerships work with third-party companies or insurance companies to offer added protection for your tires. Allstate Tire and Wheel Protection is one of these plans. It provides coverage for:
- Flat tire repair
- Tire replacement
- Wheel repair or replacement
- Alternate transportation allowance
- Towing or roadside assistance
- Mounting and balancing allowance
- Trip interruption (some plans provide lodging and meal reimbursement allowance if your covered vehicle and tires become disabled when you are over 100 miles from home)
- Alloy wheel cosmetic repair (some plans offer repairs for minor cosmetic repairs to alloy wheels with powder-coated, factory brushed, or painted surfaces)
Most of these road hazard plans offer coverage for up to 12 or 24 months. The dealership where you purchase tires will have more information about its specific plan and how long it lasts.
What Exactly Is Road Hazard Damage?
Road hazard damage occurs when a tire suffers a puncture, bruise, or break during the course of normal driving on a road that’s maintained by the state or by a local authority. Some of the most common hazards include nails, glass, and potholes.
Where Can I Get Service for My Covered Tire?
In order to get your tire fixed or repaired, you need to bring the covered Honda vehicle and the covered tire to the dealer where you purchased the tire. If you can’t get to the same dealership, you can bring it to another dealer that participates in the Road Hazard Program and sells the same type of tire. The dealership where you initially purchased your tires will have information about other dealers that are part of the same plan or provide contact information for the plan administrator.
Do I Have to Submit a Claim?
Whether you need to submit a claim depends on the plan and the damage to the tire. If you bring a covered tire that’s repairable to the dealer where it was purchased, and it’s verified that it has been less than 12 months from the date of the original purchase, you don’t need to contact the administrator for approval. The technicians at the dealer’s service center can just do the repairs, and the dealership will work with its administrator to reimburse you for the amount of the repairs.
If it’s determined that the tire is not repairable and you’ll need a new tire, then you’ll need to contact the plan administrator to get authorization. If you don’t get prior authorization, the claim may be denied. When a covered tire needs replacing, the replacement tire must be the same make and model as the original tire, if available. If the exact tire is not available, the technician can use a comparable option.
What Is Not Covered Under the Road Hazard Warranty?
The road hazard warranty provides coverage under very specific circumstances. The following damages are not covered:
- Cosmetic damage
- Damage covered under the tire manufacturer’s warranty
- Damage covered by insurance
- Tire pressure monitoring systems
- Retreaded, regrooved, remolded, or tubed tires
There are also restrictions on how the damage occurs. Coverage excludes damage caused by:
- Off-road use in areas that aren’t paved or gravel roads that aren’t maintained by a state or local authority
- Snow chains
- Manufacturer defects
- Improper inflation
- Wheel spinning and burnouts
- Mechanical failures
Some vehicles are not covered under the road hazard warranty. It’s important to note that to get coverage, the tire and the vehicle must qualify for coverage. Excluded vehicles include:
- Any vehicle used for farm work
- Emergency service vehicles
- Any vehicle used to provide transportation to the public for a fee
- Any vehicle used for construction
- Any vehicle used for towing
- Motor homes
Honda does not have a factory warranty for the tires on a new or used Honda. You can get coverage for road hazard damage, but the coverage depends on your dealer and who they have partnered with to provide coverage. Some dealers also offer this type of coverage as a free benefit when you purchase tires through their service center, while others have a more comprehensive plan that may cost you extra.
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