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Old 02-02-2009, 08:14 PM
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I know there is a warranty thread going on right now, but [I] have a more specific warranty question as relates to Winston. I have the opportunity to purchase an 8'6" 5wt BIIx that has been fished exactly twice and is in excellent condition for $250. At that price, I don't see how I could pass it up. However, my concern is the warranty. The original owner has the warranty card, but it is past the 30 day window. Does anyone know how Winston would respond? If I purchased the rod and sent in the card would it be honored? What about the warranty if the rod is never sent in? I would like to get the rod, but if there is no warranty I am not sure if I should shell out the cash. Thoughts?
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:38 PM
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R.L Winston Rod Company
500 South Main Street, P.O. Box 411
Twin Bridges, Montana 59754
Telephone: 406.684.5674
Fax: 406.684.5533

call them and ask for the repair and service department i have many times i own about 5 winstons. They are good people i dont see why they wouldnt honor the warranty
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Old 02-02-2009, 09:43 PM
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I am sure if they thought you were the original owner and merely were late they would honor it. If they found out you werent they wouldnt and it would cost about $180 a section to fix plus shipping.
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If you like the rod, you should buy it...especially at pennies on the dollar!
I've never personally seen a rod broken while fishing, but have broken a
couple in car doors. That's something that can be avoided with an ounce of
prevention.
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I am sure if they thought you were the original owner and merely were late they would honor it. If they found out you werent they wouldnt and it would cost about $180 a section to fix plus shipping.
I agree totally. I am 99% sure they won't cover it if you tell them the same story you just told us.
However, anything is possible. I bought my Hubby a DEMO Lt. It was printed right on the rod. The Store I bought it from said they would make sure it was fully warranty. Well, the ferrule wore out on the tip section. Went through a little **** at first, then the store manager said something to them and they covered it....the store is no longer there though, so, not sure on the future. I spent $500.+ on that rod. Smart thing on my part, while they fixed the tip section, I had them make an extra tip for $70.

Like Frank said, you are getting this rod for a killer price. Even if they do charge you to fix it, I think you are still coming out ahead.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:38 AM
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Default Re: Warranty & Winston

I asked the same question to a different brand, and I honestly didn't realize I had a limited time to send in the warranty card, but they were happy to honor it despite being two months past due.

I'm sure Winston will be perfectly accepting of your late card...they should because their rods aren't the cheapest on the market, haha
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