| pahuntnut wrote:|
Im really confused?? is it just there company (competors site) that offers the Leica Lifetime Passport warranty? or are they wrong? I think i am starting to suffer information overload. Im shopping for a good hunting bino and this is turning out to be a major project. lol
You need to be very careful about the sources of information that you use. Transferrable lifetime warranties are pretty much becoming the industry standard in the United States. This doesn't mean everyone is offering them but, many of them are - especially in any given company's higher-end line(s). However, warranties in Europe for example, cannot legally extend beyond, I believe, 10 years. Thus, even if you have a source that states a shorter-than-lifetime warranty for a given product, it may not be true, if the product was purchased in the United States.
For example, the Zeiss warranty includes (in part):
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| ZEISS WEBSITE wrote:|
All Zeiss Binoculars, Riflescopes, and Spotting Scopes... sold through a United States Authorized Zeiss Dealer come with a Lifetime Transferable Warranty....
[Zeiss] warrants that products sold will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use. If determined to be defective, Zeiss will pay for the cost of labor and materials required for the repair. If product cannot be repaired due to defect, Zeiss will replace with same or equivalent product at Zeiss’ discretion...
This warranty is subject to the following terms and limitations:...
...ITEMS NOT COVERED FOR THE LIFE OF THE PRODUCT:
...WEARING PARTS, SUCH AS BUT NOT LIMITED TO CARRYING STRAPS, PROTECTIVE CAPS, RUBBER EYECUPS, RUBBER ARMORING, POUCHES, CASES, RUBBER EYEPIECE RINGS AND/OR PROTECTIVE CAPS ARE WARRANTED FOR ONE (1) YEAR FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE.
VALID ONLY IN NORTH AMERICA...
The Swarovski website has a pdf file of their warranty that says essentially the same thing.
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| Swarovski website wrote:|
Swarovski Optik offers a lifetime warranty on the optical system of our products for products purchased by US residents from an authorized Swarovski Optik North American dealer.
I could be wrong (it's happened once before) and I certainly don't doubt RifleDude's knowledge or information but, I would be suspicious of any undocumented claim that Leica is limiting their warranty as it would be a major blow to their marketability against these other two top companies.
Of course, Leupold Golden Ring products offer one of the most legendary Lifetime Warranties in the business and even Bushnell offers a transferable lifetime warranty on their Elite line of products.
Your best bet is to check with your U.S.A. authorized dealer for the latest information on warranties. See if they can provide you with warranty documentation before you buy, if you need the extra comfort and that they have a reasonable return policy - just in case. Then verify warranty coverage with the always-included written materials once you make your purchase.