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 ?
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".
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.
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
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!
> GUEST wrote:
> Will be picking up a new Elantra from the
> Dealer made a big deal about what is apparently free
> due to wear only, for the life of the car if one has all
> 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
> Reading a bit between the lines, it seems this guarantee is from a
> party, but not all that clear.
> Anyone know anything about this
It is indeed true. I have it for my car. The only
problem about it is that You have to make sure that other dealerships
it in case something happened to your dealership,(i.e it
going out of business).
I am currently trying to figure out what to
do, because the only reason i got
the car was for that deal and a 20
year warranty. They do offer tires for life
so don't think that they
are scamming you or anything. But do make sure that
will honor that.
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
Enjoy your free lunch.
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
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!
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