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Old 09-28-2020, 01:12 PM   #1
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I am looking at purchasing a honda accord hybrid. I like everything about this car except it does not come with a spare. they do this to increase the mpg rating. would you buy a car with no spare? or buy an extra tire and wheel and throw it in the trunk?
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Old 09-28-2020, 01:15 PM   #2
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The Mercedes I purchased a few months ago didn't have a spare either. It does have run flats which makes me feel a bit better. That being said, it has probably been 25 years since I had to use a spare anyway.
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Old 09-28-2020, 01:33 PM   #3
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Besides improved EPA mileage #'s, I believe the rationale is that flats are rare, and blow-outs extremely rare. So at worst one might get a flat, use that inflater-thingie to get them home or to a service station, so no need for spare tire. Both of my cars have spare tires. I'm still old-fashioned enough that if I were to buy a car I would spring for a spare tire and keep it in the trunk.
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Old 09-28-2020, 01:37 PM   #4
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I’ve driven my 2001 corvette 90000 miles with no spare since I bought it in 2001. Never had a flat. It came with run flats, but I replaced them with regular tires at around 30000 miles.

I wouldn’t worry about not having a spare, unless you drive off road a lot. Just get AAA.
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i think they save a few nickels on cost too!
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A manufacturer who is too cheap to put a spare tire in the car does not deserve my consideration for business. No, I would not buy a car with no spare. And yes, I have needed to use them on more than one occasion.
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Even with run flats I carry a compact spare since most run flats are only rated to go about 50 miles. I also carry flat repair kits and a small air pump with me and "usually" I can fix the flat with the wheel/tire still on the car. YMMV
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Old 09-28-2020, 01:56 PM   #8
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I have this (probably irrational) fear of getting a flat in some "far from anywhere" location late at night with the flat wheel in soft dirt as the torrential rainstorm/snowstorm comes down with a vengeance. The thought of trying to use that little inflator and tire plug kit that came with the car in those conditions is just too daunting. So I bought a donut spare that lives in the trunk when I travel any serious distance from home. It adds a little weight and takes up some space, but gives me great peace of mind.
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Enjoy your Hybrid. I have Toyota's latest version, and I'm missing nothing about conventional gasoline powered vehicles. And it's nice to get 20 mpg more than the typical car.
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My 2017 Chrysler Pacifica does not have a spare. It comes from the factory with a flat repair kit that contains a bottle of tire sealant and a 12v air pump. Not very useful for a blowout but they're pretty rare.
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A spare tire isn't needed until you do need it. Cheap insurance.

A close friend hit a pothole three weeks ago and blew his tire. No spare and he called Roadside Assistance (which came with the car purchase). They told him 4 -5 hours wait (holiday weekend) to send a tow truck. Yeah, lots of fun.

Normally you only wait an hour or two....
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If the car has space for one, and I loved the car, I'd just budget the cost in (or negotiate it into the price), and get one after-market myself.

If the car had no place for one it would take up non-dedicated storage, that would annoy me enough to look at other options - but I think this is a common problem w/hybrids and electrics.
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They told him 4 -5 hours wait (holiday weekend) to send a tow truck. Yeah, lots of fun.

Normally you only wait an hour or two....
Exactly, and that was what I saw others waiting for with AAA's useless "free roadside assistance". Yeah, since they're low bid and if the tow truck has any other better-paying jobs pending you stay at the end of the line. And bet it's going to be either -10° or 110° while you wait. No thanks.

If it's available I can change the spare in 10-15 minutes. They can keep their stupid inflator cans.
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If you have a car w/ no spare tire consider at least a plug plus a small air compressor. The fix flat cans do not always stop the leak.


The best thing is to buy a spare tire and a jack at a local junk yard.


My friend went to a fiesta to discover his tire was flat at 3:00 am and far from home not a good thing.
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The title of this thread made me think there was a new way to trim my waistline - LOL imagine my surprise with all of the car talk
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About 5 years ago I hit a deep pot hole hard enough to bend the rim, on a rainy night. I was able to get the car under cover, and change to the donut spare. Glad I had it, and I'd always want one.
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If the car has space for one, and I loved the car, I'd just budget the cost in (or negotiate it into the price), and get one after-market myself.

If the car had no place for one it would take up non-dedicated storage, that would annoy me enough to look at other options - but I think this is a common problem w/hybrids and electrics.
This. Our kid moved out of state in the summer of 2016, and the vehicle we signed over didn't come with a spare tire. Just an air pump and sealant, which wouldn't help in a blowout and produced a mess inside the tire that was difficult to clean up later.

Fortunately, there was a dedicated spot for a spare tire and changing kit (available on the lower powered models), so both were purchased and added to the trunk before the vehicle was shipped to the new location.
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Our last vehicle, which we owned for 10 years(a Mercedes), had no spare but had run flat tires. We never had a problem, even though we had to replace a couple of tires that had picked up nails during that period. We were never in a situation where were we would be more than 30 miles from service.

We just replaced that vehicle with a 2020 version of the original SUV that we had owned. Same situation.

Neither car had room for a spare and we would not consider driving around with a spare in the cargo area. YMMV.
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I put an electric air pump and patch kit in my Tesla. Last time I tried to change a flat the EMTs had to come rescue me.
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No spare tire on my BMW Z4 with run flats. Do have AA and just not worried.
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