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Honda Odyssey, Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Honda Element, Honda Pilot, Honda S2000, Car Warranties
#3726 of 3776 TPMS System covered by Hondacare?
Jan 14, 2013 (11:05 am)
Anyone know if the TPMS (Tire pressure monitoring system) is covered under the HC warranty or not? Contracts I looked at don't exlude on include it - they do exclude "Valve stems" and include "sensors" and "computers".
The TPMS light in my 08 S2000 is on. The low tire light is OFF and the tires are properly inflated. So a fault in the system, bad sensor, etc.
#3727 of 3776 Re: TPMS System covered by Hondacare? [dwynne]
Jan 14, 2013 (12:50 pm)
If the sensors are defective then yes -- if the sensors are damaged (you hit something or if you were at a tire shop and they damaged it) then most likely no
Quick google search for "honda care tpms" shows defective sensors were covered under HC, like post 13 & 16 here: http://www.hondasuv.com/members/showthread.php?t=53137
Sometimes a sensor may lose programming so it might just need to be reset with a TPMS tool (dealer or any tire shop) -- had this happen recently on my Nissan. The TPMS light would flash for a minute after starting the car and then remain solid -- I checked sensor readings on the nav screen and it wasnt picking up one of the sensors. Didnt feel like paying to have it checked out so I left it alone hoping that the sensor would wake up on its own, but it never did (left it like that for 3-4 months)
The dealer where I bought the car from sent me a $20 oil change + tire rotation + free inspection coupon in Dec so I decided to go in to see what they would say. They didnt bother asking me anything about the TPMS light -- the tech working on my car simply checked the tire pressure and then reprogrammed the sensor for free. Been driving around for a month and the light hasnt returned *knock on wood*
#3728 of 3776 Re: Honda Care [lovemyoptima]
Jan 17, 2013 (6:18 pm)
Update - the Honda dealer here matched our on-line quote of $1,170 from Saccucci Honda for the 96 month - 120K Honda Care, which I didn't think would happen! The dealer said the Honda Care for this term was running at $2,200, but that he could offer a $300 discount. I politely interrupted and said that we were going with the on-line offer for $1,170. After a long pause, he said he would match it. Then he asked me what on-line dealer made that offer. He said there was an East Coast Honda dealer that Honda was angry with for offering Honda Care at below cost. No other info was shared and we moved on. Overall, my mother was happy with the outcome.
#3729 of 3776 Honda Care Worth It?
Feb 18, 2013 (2:29 pm)
I'm wondering if the Honda Care is actually worth whatever it is that you pay? After working hard to find the best price in my area do I want to then negate that savings with the Honda Care service? Anybody have any idea on cost if waiting until nearly out of original warranty and then looking at Honda Care at say the 5yr 60 K level?
Feb 18, 2013 (2:38 pm)
It's my understanding the sooner you buy Honda Care the lower the price. It will certainly go up as you near the end of the Mfg. Warranty.
#3731 of 3776 Re: Honda Care Worth It? [deelek]
Feb 18, 2013 (3:14 pm)
Honda Care extends your factory bumper-to-bumper warranty (its not car maintenance/service) and you can find it cheaper from online Honda dealers (check the last few pages in this thread for links)
First find a good deal on a new Honda and buy the car then you can buy HC online if you want to extend the factory warranty. You have until 6m/6k miles to get HC "new car" pricing -- after that the price goes up (you have to buy it before your 3yr/36k mi warranty expires)
It varies from person to person on if HC is worth it -- if you plan on having your car fixed at repair shops then buying HC for a discounted price online is worth it (that way you can take it to any Honda dealer if there's a problem and have it repaired with original Honda parts). If you can do some repairs yourself or you live in an area where there are good independent repair shops then it may not be worth it
Another thing to consider is if you're buying a newly redesigned model or end of the life model. On the 06-11 Civic, the early 06-08 models had problems that were fixed in later 09-11 models. On the 08-12 Accords, the early 08-09 models had problems that were fixed in later years. If you're buying a newly redesigned model then its probably worth it -- if there are problems with the early models and it takes Honda 3-5 yrs for them to admit the problem and issue technical service bulletins then your extended HC warranty will cover it. Only car recalls are fixed for free with or without warranty, but TSBs are only free if you're still under warranty
When I bought my '11 Civic LX, I decided to skip HC since the LX is just a basic trim (nothing fancy inside) and '11 was the final year of that Civic model (most of the car problems from 06-08 Civics were fixed in 09-11 models). Another thing is that I can do small repairs myself and if something big comes up after the factory warranty expires then I have a couple of good independent shops where I can take my car to. I also like to do my own maintenance earlier than necessary with quality parts/fluids so I know that its done right and that I shouldn't have any problems due to lack of maintenance
#3732 of 3776 Re: Honda Care Worth It? [deelek]
Feb 18, 2013 (3:33 pm)
It increases after 6 months and.or 6000 miles. I would think that with the average Honda, you would not have to worry about 5 years...that said, I have had a multitude of problems with my 2011 Odyssey which has made the 96/120 HondaCare warranty worth the $1170 I paid for it.
It's like health insurance...it's a total waste of money until you get sick!
Mar 09, 2013 (8:01 pm)
Didn't buy one and the couple of real issues I had, were taken care of by TSB's and I got reimbursed from Honda by 1/2 for the tires and a/c issue so I'm definitely ahead here. And sadly, this will be my last Honda as nothing they have is doing it for me. If by 2016 or 2017 they do, then I might change my mind. But for now, staying the course.
#3734 of 3776 Re: Honda Care [jet10000]
Mar 11, 2013 (9:27 pm)
I bought my extended warranty from Saccuri Honda last summer (2012) and had no issues. Great Price. Local dealer could not even get close. I told them I was buying online and they actually complimented me on being a really smart customer.
#3735 of 3776 Re: Honda Care [jet10000]
Mar 11, 2013 (9:28 pm)
I have had great luck too. Very easy and all was done online.
Saved me lots of money.