"Tire Rewards Certificate" ? (free tires for life of car ?)

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Bob, Mar 2, 2010.

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    Bob Guest

    Hello,

    Will be picking up a new Elantra from the Dealership shortly.

    Dealer made a big deal about what is apparently free tire replacements,
    due to wear only, for the life of the car if one has all maint. and oil
    changes, etc. done at the dealership.

    Anyone know anything about this ? Legitimate ?
    Caveats or hookers ?

    Really seems to good to be true.

    There is a "Tire Rewards Certificate" to be filled out.

    Reading a bit between the lines, it seems this guarantee is from a third
    party, but not all that clear.

    Anyone know anything about this ?

    Thanks,
    Bob
     
    Bob, Mar 2, 2010
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    Victek Guest

    Hello,
    Never heard of it and wouldn't touch it. You can bet the dealership will be
    making a lot more money over the life of your car then the cost of four
    tires every 40k-50k. Unless you plan to have them do all the maintenance
    anyway I would say "no thanks".
     
    Victek, Mar 2, 2010
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    Usenet News Guest

    P.T. Barnum lives!!
     
    Usenet News, Mar 2, 2010
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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    So there really is such a thing as a free lunch. I'm sure he is offering
    great prices on the maintenance too. In all fairness, my dealer is
    reasonably priced on oil changes. But they get $89 to change a cabin
    filter that you can buy for $15 or so.

    My dealer has a menu of services and recommended intervals. If you follow
    their idea of required services, at about 40,000 miles when you need tires,
    you would have spent about $2000 for service. If you follow the book, you'd
    have spent far less, less than half of that. When I traded my Sonata at
    67000 miles, my total service costs were $500.

    Your money, your choice, but I can buy some nice tires for the price
    difference. Read carefully what you sign and what is required to have done.
     
    Ed Pawlowski, Mar 3, 2010
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    motormouth Guest

    My dealer has a similar plan. Might be the same dealer. Dunno. In
    any case, when my Sonata's Michelin OEM tires were worn out at 40,000,
    the dealer did indeed throw a set of tires on the car. No begging was
    needed: just asked them to check the tread depth and they told me it
    was time and did the job while I waited.

    So I got a set of Kumho KH16 tires at no charge. Now, this is NOT a
    top of the line tire but it's okay.

    The question is what qualifies as "do all your maintenance here" at
    your dealer. Some may be more rule-happy about this than others.
    For example, suppose you get a flat hundreds of miles from home, or a
    headlight burns out. Are you allowed to get that fixed where you are
    or do you have to bring the car back to the dealer to get it fixed
    just so you can keep the tire plan you may not use for years? I
    like my dealer but not that much!

    In my case, I have had several flats on my car over the year. It
    happens. And when it does, I get that fixed where I am. It was a
    concern to me about whether that would void this plan, but honestly a
    I can't live my life worrying about free tires years from now. When
    they went to replace the tires, the interesting part was that they
    didn't ask me if I'd had any work done anywhere else. Most of my
    maintenance has actually been at the dealer. But I didn't volunteer
    the flat fixes I had to get done, or the bulbs I have replaced, or
    oil changes done elsewhere.

    I will also add this: I ran over a giant bolt thing a few weeks ago
    and blew out one of those relatively new Kumhos. The tire was not
    repairable. My local very trusted tire shop charged me close to $120
    to replace that one Kumho with a new one, so that put the value of a
    set of four "tires for life" at about $500 a set. Your dealer may
    use another tire as a replacement, but the point is, there IS a
    certain value in this sort of offer. You need to decide if you think
    the dealer will honor it (because it's worthless if they won't), and
    whether that value is worth going back to the dealer all/most of the
    time.

    Monetarily, you would probably be better off getting the maintenance
    done elsewhere or DIY and putting aside some cash for when the tires
    need to be replaced a few years from now.

    Enjoy your new Elantra!
     
    motormouth, Mar 3, 2010
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    muzikal21 Guest

    It is indeed true. I have it for my car. The onl
    problem about it is that You have to make sure that other dealership
    will honor it in case something happened to your dealership,(i.e i
    going out of business). I am currently trying to figure out what t
    do, because the only reason i got the car was for that deal and a 2
    year warranty. They do offer tires for life so don't think that the
    are scamming you or anything. But do make sure that most dealership
    will honor that
     
    muzikal21, Apr 22, 2010
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    Ed Pawlowski Guest

    Check the actual requirements. If I had my car serviced at the dealer
    according to t heir "menu" of services and intervals, I'd have spent over
    $2000 more than having it done by my local shop. That was over 67,000 miles
    and two tires. I did sp end about $400 for the two tires leaving a $1600
    difference.

    Enjoy your free lunch.
     
    Ed Pawlowski, Apr 22, 2010
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    BobS Guest

    Remember the old adage " you get nothing for nothing". Don't be naive.
    Check the dealers requirements and the costs for service versus
    other repair facilities. Those "free" tires are going to be mighty
    expensive.
     
    BobS, Apr 22, 2010
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    dsi1 Guest

    The "free" tires are a device to divert your attention from the real
    price you're paying. It's like Midas' lifetime mufflers where you pay
    for the cost of constantly replacing the cheap rust-away pipes that's
    used or Sears' 3-4-5 year battery merry-go-round. These programs are
    designed to get you hooked and keep you hooked. I love 'em!
     
    dsi1, Apr 23, 2010
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    Mike

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    No Free Tires for Me

    We have a 2008 Elantra (our 2nd Elantra) that only has 26,000 miles and the tires are shot. Last winter, with less miles we almost crashed sliding in light snow. We brought it in for every oil change and paid to have the tires rotated (made me cringe paying for it) and as someone else said, they tried to charge $80.00 bucks for a cabin filter that I got off ebay for $5.00 and changed in less than 2 minutes..

    They refused Free Tires saying I voided the agreement because I did not bring it in every 3,000 miles. If I brought it in every 3,000 miles they probably would have got me for the cabin filter.

    We liked our Elantras but that tire thing pisses me off..the salesman doesn't explain it, the service person I talked to made sure to let me know I SIGNED a contract regarding the 3,000miles. Won't be getting another Hyundai

    Good luck with yours...good car..I just wish I hadn't paid for the tire rotations when they didn't last that long and now I have to buy new tires anway...

    Take care
     
    Mike, Sep 7, 2011
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