Free Tires For Life Is A Come On - Don't Believe It!
MIDWEST CITY, OKLAHOMA -- It would be best if you did not let the Free Tires for Life incentive influence your decision to buy a new car. I fell for it at David Stanley Dodge, in Midwest City, OK. I drive a lot and thought that new tires for life would be a great benefit for me, so it most definitely did influence my decision to buy my new Dodge Caliber. You, hopefully will not make the same mistake. Don't get me wrong, I like the Caliber, it's a good solid car. I just do not like the dealer, and their tactics. These are the reasons the new tires for life is a bogus incentive, and virtually uncollectable.
1. "for life" is defined as as being "6 years", only. This is, of course, the age of my pre-schooler, and she, so far has not needed any tires. The specified reasoning behind the short life span is: "based upon the typical lifetime ownership of a vehicle by its original purchaser". This is specified in the reward certificate for new tires that they give you -after- you buy the car. This, I find to be extremely misleading, but at least "life" is in the definition somewhere.
2. Tires for life is limited to two sets or 8 total tires, so if you need more tires in your 6 year life, too bad. Again, this is specified in the Reward Certificate you get --after-- you purchase the car, you don't know these little details beforehand.
3. You -must- perform "100%" maintenance on the vehicle at the David Stanley dealership. This means all, all oil changes, tire rotations mechanical problems...everything. Also, you must follow all, "100%", of the maintenance schedules according to the owners manual recommendations. Some of the recommendations for the Dodge Caliber, in my owners manual are: Oil changes every 3,000 miles, tire rotations every 6,000 miles, and several others. If you live far from the dealer, move, or work away from home for extended periods, or just miss any one part of the recommended maintenance for your car,---"THE ENTIRE TIRE REWARD CERTIFICATE IS VOID", forever (and that is for life). Maybe we should call if "No Tires for Life" instead of "New Tires for Life"
4. They will not replace any tire with less than 25,000 miles on it. Of course you can see that this would require at least 8 oil changes, and three tire rotations...at the dealerships inflated prices.
5. They will not replace any tire damaged for any reason. They only replace tires worn down by regular use, and then only after 25,000 miles. So, if you have any problems before 25,000 miles, tough luck.
6. -They- are the ones who judge whether or not your tires need to be replaced, and meet their qualifications for replacement, not you. My tires were obviously worn and had 38,000 miles on them, and the maintenance supervisor told me that they were not worn enough to be replaced, even if I had met their strict maintenance schedule.
I know all of these things because I tried to collect on my new tires. I had some oil changes, and a tire rotation done at other locations while I was out of town for an extended time, and had missed a tire rotation. I didn't realize these were requirements, because I neglected to read the fine print on the reward certificate.
Read this and don't make the same mistake. If you like the car, buy it, really it's a decent car. I would recommend not buying from David Stanley, but that's just me. The only problem is, what dealer is better? Are there any good dealers? Saturn, maybe? (The planet not the car, or... maybe the car) Just don't count on getting any tires through this program and don't let this bogus incentive fool you into buying a car. Buy it on it's merits, and choose your dealers accordingly. From now on, I know I will.