Spare tires are disappearing from new cars
In an effort to increase miles per gallon and trunk space, car companies are dropping the spare from their vehicles.
This post comes from Krystal Steinmetz at partner site Money Talks News.
Getting a flat tire in your new car is no fun. What's less fun is opening your trunk to find out you don't have a spare tire.
According to Consumer Reports, a growing number of new cars come without a spare tire. While some vehicles come with run-flat tires, specially designed to drive for a short duration of time after losing air, most mainstream cars come with only a small air compressor and sealant kit. CR said dropping spare tires increases trunk space and saves you money on gas.
Carmakers say the reason to skip the spare is due to increased pressure to squeeze more miles out of every gallon of fuel. And ditching a 40- or 50-pound tire and jack helps to increase mpg.
CR checked a number of vehicles to see if they have a spare tire or an inflator kit. Click here for a list of cars that only have inflator kits. But beware, the list is always changing.
Clearly, it's best to figure out if your car has a spare tire before you actually need it. Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List, said:
For most, having a flat tire can be their worst nightmare, especially if they are caught on the road when it happens. Being prepared and knowing exactly what you've got when shopping for a car is going to be important. Don’t be afraid to ask the dealer what comes with the car. How does it work?
For CR tips on how to prepare for driving without a spare tire, click here.
I just checked my vehicle, and I do have a spare tire. Phew. I can't imagine being stuck with a flat tire and no spare on one of the rural highways in Montana, especially with our patchy cell service.
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I think the real reason here is not the weight issue but the manufacturers giving the customers less & charging us more. What a crock of sh!t!!!!!!
Negotiate a spare when you are purchasing a new car-don't take any chances! We learned that lesson the hard way!
Any new car I EVER considered...I would always check the spare....if it was a plastic donut, I'd walk away. If I found none at all...I would tell the dealership "never buy your cars again"
Always look at the spare. It's one of those things most people don't think of...until they need it.
See how much you like your new bling car when you break down in boonesville (or bad side of town) with a flat and realize you have no spare, AAA or roadside service....
For one thing those little space saver tires they have been using for years don't
weigh 40-50 pounds. Secondly I saw several commercials where they show some
couple in a warm café drinking a Latte and they start their car from their smart
phone so it is warm a half hour later when they go out. Now this is saving gas ???
What a bunch of hypocrites.
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