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Old 03-19-2010, 09:23 AM   #1
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Tire and Wheel Protection Insurance

Is Tire and Wheel Protection insurance worth the cost especiall for those with AMG sports wheels and low profile tires? On average, how much does the insurance cost? Thanks.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:51 AM   #2
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I got mine at my dealer at the inception of the car. It cost me $8xx USD and it lasts the lifetime of the car. If the roads by you are bad then I would advise you to get it. Especially if you have AMG wheels or other low profile wheels. It just give you a piece of mind.
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:15 AM   #3
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how does it really work? how many times can you claim
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If you get a puncture, bubble or tear they will replace the tire (only the damaged tire, not the entire set) for free for unlimited number of times; or course this means that your tires have to be in satisfactory condition to get a new one. So if you hit a pot hole and get a tear/bubble in your tire or run over a nail and get a puncture you will get a free tire replacement. If you have curb rash of your rims they will polish it out for you. If you have a cracked rim (OEM rim only) they will replace the rim for you. Fortunately I never had to use this before but I was speaking to someone who hit a pothole pretty hard and had a bubble in their tire and cracked a rim and they gave him a new tire and rim free of charge. I also believe that free tire balancing is also part of this insurance package but you want to check with your sales person or service adviser on that.
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Personally I did not buy this protection and feel that at least for me its not necessary. Have been driving MB's exclusively since 1998 and always had and have 2 in my garage. I live in a very pot hole prevalent area and I have never damaged a tire or a wheel on one. I average about 1 flat per car every 2 years and all have been easilly repairable.Its quite a profit center for the dealer. There are lots of risks in life and this is one of them, albeit a very minor risk.
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If you get a puncture, bubble or tear they will replace the tire (only the damaged tire, not the entire set) for free for unlimited number of times; or course this means that your tires have to be in satisfactory condition to get a new one. So if you hit a pot hole and get a tear/bubble in your tire or run over a nail and get a puncture you will get a free tire replacement. If you have curb rash of your rims they will polish it out for you. If you have a cracked rim (OEM rim only) they will replace the rim for you. Fortunately I never had to use this before but I was speaking to someone who hit a pothole pretty hard and had a bubble in their tire and cracked a rim and they gave him a new tire and rim free of charge. I also believe that free tire balancing is also part of this insurance package but you want to check with your sales person or service adviser on that.
This is all dependent on how the policy is written. It pays to read prior to purchase. Not every stealer is going to carry the same policy or have the same pricing.

YMMV. $0.02

And the statement above in red.



Curb rash means loss of metal in most cases. Polishing will still leave a gap/imperfection.

Nothing special of course.

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Don't I feel stupid! I denied the coverage. Long story short last week hit a pothole and damged two passenger side tires AND rims. I have the AMG Rims on my W212. $2,965 later!!!!!!!!
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I had the policy with my last 2008 E and changed 4 tires during my 2 year lease. Now with my 2010 E - I did not buy it at delivery 3 months ago.
I hit pothole 2 weeks ago in NJ, damaged the rim, next day went to my MB dealer and bought the policy for $9xx.00 ....
Now I'm waiting couple weeks to go back and file a claim to change the rim. I live in NYC and tire insurance "a must option" in our area. Totally worth it.
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No brainer - you should get it. I paid 1K for mine I've already made that back. over 50K on my 204 I have gotten multiple flats - 2 tires replaced, one tire and rim and 4 wheel alignment and suspension damage from a pothole. Only downside is that they only cover up to 35 bucks for a flat and when mercedes removes the tire and patches and remounts and balances it's like $40 or so. so it costs you a few bucks to get it done right
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