In my experience with Sage they will most likely honor the repair. I know of second-owners who have received warranty service. And all of the rod companies have by now heard just about every story there is about how a rod broke. It is amazing that since the manufacturers began been selling rods with life time or limited life time warranties how many rods really aren't broken by huge fish or when setting the hook or during the power cast or during a fight with a nmonster. Most folks now own up about what really happened...I stepped on it, it got jammed in the screen door, I dropped a cooler on it, smashed it in the car door, ran it over with the truck, and even...the dog ate it! I find being straight with them works the best. The warranties have been built into the prices of the rods so no sweat off the manufacturers to replace a tip or two. good luck.