How Tire Treadwear Warranties Work

If you've ever shopped for tires, you have probably seen or at least heard about a tires treadwear warranty. Most major tire manufacturers advertise that their tires are supposed to provide a given number of miles of treadwear before they are legally worn out. Higher performance tires such as the Michelin Pilot Super Sport may have lower wear warranties such as 30,000 miles, and some have no wear warranty at all. Some of the longest wearing tires have warranties up to 100,000 miles, such as the Hankook Optimo H727.  You can check out some of the longest-wearing tires by reading, "Which Tires Last the Longest?"

A tire with a 100,000-mile warranty might sound fantastic, but consumers should keep in mind that there are stipulations required to keep the warranty valid. Here are some of the most common stipulations often found in the fine print of treadwear warranties :

  • All four tires must wear evenly.
  • You must wear the tires down to 2/32nds of an inch (illegal in some states).
  • You are required to prove that the vehicle is in proper alignment.
  • You must monitor and carefully maintain inflation pressures.
  • You must present proof of purchase and date of installation.
  • Many warranties are good for only five years.

Try to avoid being tempted by making your tire buying decision based mostly on a tire's wear warranty. Be sure to consider other important safety considerations such as the tire's snow and wet traction, emergency handling and grip. Also consider comport issues such as road noise and ride quality. Treadwear is important, but keep in mind that it is just one of the above factors that a tire shopper should consider. 

Learn more about warranties by checking out "Treadlife/Mileage Warranties."

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