More on Warranties and Vehicle Protection Plans
I was just wondering if this ever happened to anyone.....when buying my 2012 JGC Overland, I opted ( or should I say, was pressured ) to buy the Vehicle Protection plan including fabric protection, leather + toddler (okay, I can see why I would want that ) and tire/rim damage protection. I figured ( or was convinced that because of ) all the extra technology and the cost of repairs and replacement parts, I'd be better off in the long run. I also figured that the tire damage protection would be useful since I have a very rough, rocky and long driveway and was bound to suffer damage at some point. And, of course I was right.
When trying to get the tire replaced, the dealership didn't want to replace just the damaged tire but instead insisted that with "these 4wd systems" all 4 tires must be replaced or it will damage the drive train. And, by the way, I'd be responsible for the cost of the other three replacement tires. Now at this point I am fuming because I noticed the pow-wows taking place when they were checking out my damaged tire. Tech looked at it, called over someone else, then he got someone else.....I knew there was going to be a problem. These tires only had 14k miles on them and they are trying to tell me that a new tire would have a different radius than the other three and they need to all be about the same.
Needless to say, I threw a fit and talked to a dealership manager and he said that it is my option to only replace the damaged tire, and I told him that was not the impression I was being given.
So, my question is this.....why do they even offer a tire damage protection policy if the only time that it would ever benefit the owner is in the event that a tire gets damaged within the first couple of thousand miles?
And can their really be a potential to damage the 4WD system with a tire that has maybe 30% more tread than the others? I could see a completely different sized tire, but the same brand and size tire with a bit more tread....heck, I could remedy that situation with just running that tire with less pressure in it than the others.
So what say you folks?