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Don't Waste Your Money: Some new cars don't have spare tires

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(Toledo News Now) - Is your car newer than five years old? If so, it could be missing something that used to come standard on all cars.

Automakers are doing everything they can these days to boost gas mileage. One of the newest trends for doing that is eliminating the spare tire. But as some drivers are finding out, there are big downsides to driving without a spare.

"Great Big Pop"

Ohioan Paul Hawk couldn't believe what he found, or rather, didn't find, after a tire blew out while on vacation.

"We're driving down the road," Hawk said, "and all of a sudden there's this great big pop. And my wife says, 'Holy cow! I think we have a flat tire.'"

So Hawk pulled over. In place of the spare, he found just a small air pump and a patch kit.

"I opened it up and thought, 'Oh my God, no spare tire. What do I do now?'" Hawk said.

Hawk says the tire had a deep cut in the side and the pump and patch were no help.

"When you put the compressor on it, the air just blew out the side of the tire, so I was stranded," he said.
    
Eventually, a sheriff's car drove by, and after a $100 tow, plus a $150 tire, Hawk and his wife were on their way again.
    
Caution to Car Buyers

If you plan to buy a new car soon, you may want to look in the spare tire holder.

Edmunds says automakers are trimming all excess weight, such as the 25 pounds of a donut tire and jack, to get the best gas mileage possible. It says automakers dropping spares in some models include Ford, Chevrolet, Cadillac, Honda, Hyundai, Audi, and BMW.

AAA has compiled a list of all cars without spares.

Hawk just wishes the salesman alerted him.

"They need to be more responsible to the people, to make sure they know there's no tires in these cars, so they can prepare themselves when they go on a trip," said Hawk.

Hawk said he plans to buy a spare before his next vacation.

Bottom Line 

If your car has no spare and you travel long distances, including in remote areas, you may want to invest in a jack and donut tire. Many dealers sell them for around $100.

That way you'll be protected in event of a blowout, and you don't waste your money.

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