Would You Buy a Car Without a Spare Tire If It Was Cheaper?

RightTurn 2012/10/09 00:40:47
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In an ideal world, car tires would go on forever without constant care and maintenance from the vehicle owner. Sadly, that's not the case. If you don't pay attention to your tires -- air pressure, treads, rotation, leaks -- you're bound to get a flat. And more likely than not, that flat will occur at the worst possible time. But just how much care is required? Well, that depends on a few things. It depends on the type of tires, the manufacturer, how often you use them, what kind of terrain they're used on -- the list goes on.

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  • Kingpin 2012/10/24 16:15:44 (edited)
    Go to a local junk yard. Spare tires are a dime a dozen. junk yard
  • ronbo 2012/10/24 14:34:54
    No but I would probably buy a real tire and rim to replace the Mickey Mouse setup that car companies give as a spare as soon as I could.
  • Tpem 2012/10/24 04:00:21
    You pay for it either way.
  • Butch 2012/10/23 10:28:51
  • tearsxoxo 2012/10/22 03:38:48
    Because then I'd have to go out and buy a tire...
  • T Bevan 2012/10/20 12:07:22
    T Bevan
    Yes and I have....

    smart fortwo cabroilet

    It is an 2008 smart Fortwo Cabriolet and has close to 80,000 miles on it....
  • Baldy T Bevan 2012/10/22 23:47:25
    You must have a big back yard and some very active kids.
  • T Bevan Baldy 2012/10/24 04:31:16
    T Bevan
    Actualy , 6 kids and a dozen grandkids....

    I live in Oklahoma and have driven thru , Texas , Arizona , California , Oregon , Washington , Idaho , New Mexico , Montana , Wyoming , Arkansas , Alabama , Georgia , Flordia , Alabama and Colorado.....

    Being an Old Fart , I may have missed one or two....

    Smart car auto cross
  • DarkSilhouette 2012/10/19 18:43:18
    ROTFL Why not...My neighborhood has plenty of cars to choose from if I needed a tire
  • Sin 2012/10/19 18:10:42
    Anyone who picks no is not thinking outside the box.

    If I could get a car for $2,000, rather than $2,500, I would.

    -"But it has no spare tire!"
    Really? Well, let me just go BUY one for about $70 (depending on where you are)

    -"But why would you even consider that!?"
    Probably because I'm not gonna pay an extra $500 for a freakin' spare tire.
  • jc 2012/10/19 16:26:10
    Maintenance is difficult? No. You could never have a flat in your entire driving life if you followed a maintenance schedule and used some common sense.
  • tom C 2012/10/18 19:33:52 (edited)
    tom  C
    Depends on how much cheaper.....and what kind/size of tires are on the car...and what kind of rims are on the car...
  • bill.fleming.77 2012/10/18 04:35:49
    you can find a spare tire for you car in a junkyard or CL for cheap
  • Ivan 2012/10/17 21:08:05
    It's a spare not a diamond. How much money can be shaved off? Like $100? Please...
  • bill.fl... Ivan 2012/10/18 04:36:37
    less than that if you go to a junk yard. Ya you may need to call around but you can find one for 20-25 max
  • Ivan bill.fl... 2012/10/21 03:50:58
    Well, I wouldn't bother losing the tire to search for one. I mean, sure, it's cheaper, but we aren't talking about it costing a significant amount of the car price.
  • dear•LT13☻ 2012/10/17 19:29:03
    Would have to be thousands of dollars cheaper. So that way I could buy one myself and STILL get a discount.
  • john.keenan.792 2012/10/17 18:32:12
    no way at all
  • lucky 2012/10/17 17:06:23
    Possibly, depends on how much a discount im getting and whether its enough to pay for a tire and the wheel it goes on. (at least I think that thing in the middle of the tire is called a wheel)
  • bill.fl... lucky 2012/10/18 04:43:13
    yes a wheel is the device the tire is mounted on, but with your limited knowledge I would suggest you just by a car with the spare, also make sure it has the jack too. Since to replace the flat you need to jack up the car. Don't forget to set the emergency break and if possible block the tires that will not be lifted of the ground to ensure the car does not roll off the jack which could seriously injure you. It is also a good idea to put on your emergency flashers as well so traffic can see you. Maybe an annual membership to AAA would be a wise move as well. It is not too expensive and usually they can got your tire changed and get you back on your way in an hour or so depending on where you get your flat tire
  • lucky bill.fl... 2012/10/18 13:00:05
    Thank you for your advice, but my limited knowledge is why I would have my husband handle buying the spare. Im very capable of changing a tire by myself and have did so in the distant past more then a few times and I already have extra coverage on my insurance that covers that if I chose to use the service.
  • T Bevan bill.fl... 2012/10/20 12:10:07
    T Bevan
    Why so rude?
  • caleb andrews 2012/10/17 15:49:58
    caleb andrews
    I have bought and owned many cars with out spare wheels basicly what I'm getting at is it is not the spare thee you're buying its the car for the conveinience of its transport factor the spare shell song gunna take you any where with a car to put it on, also you know you can buy spare wheels from your local auto wreckers for dirt cheap, plus if the car your buying doesn't have a spare use that to your advantage and haggle a hundred off the price.
  • Anthony 2012/10/17 12:52:02
    As long as they have a substitute for when there is a puncture.
  • bill.fl... Anthony 2012/10/18 04:46:24
    that is what the question s is asking would you but a car without a spare tire. Are you not just saying it is fine as long as they have substitute, (also known as a spare) for when there is a puncture. There may be a terminology challenge since you are in Australia so I will give you the benefit of the doubt
  • Franklin 2012/10/17 12:17:36
    I have not needed or used a factory spare in years ...if you run NEW tires the odds of a flat are very very low and a nail hole can be patched with out pulling the wheel
  • bill.fl... Franklin 2012/10/18 04:48:19
    but if you are stuck mile and mile away from getting the flat fixed are you just gonna drive on a flat tire? Even driving very slow the rims will tear trough the tire in less than a mile
  • Franklin bill.fl... 2012/10/18 12:12:42
    like I said it never comes up - if you have proper tires the odds of getting a flat are very very small ...its like this a used tire cost $25 to $100 and will last you 6 to 8 months , a NEW tires costs $60 to $150 and will last 2 to 4 years -
  • lrgol335 2012/10/17 06:56:08
    People take too much for granted. They just go "Pffft! I'll just dial 911 on my trusty cell phone." How many bars do you have? And is there even any coverage where you are if the last house you passed was 20 miles away? It also shocks me that so many people think run-flat tires are "maintenance-free". In other words, they don't do anything to maintain them and never even checked the tire pressure! I took care of my run-flats and checked the air every 2-3 weeks and they STILL wasted away in less than three years. The real shocker: my car dealer said that was the normal lifespan of run-flats. I wonder how many people have their original run-flats 5 or even 10,000 miles past their expiration mileage. Sometimes, walking to a store or along a sidewalk, i spot cars with enormous bald spots on the tires and the car is less than 4 years old.

    Another example is oil changes. My car mechanic could talk for hours about ruined car engines brought in by people who protested that "the manual says 100,000 miles between oil changes!" I have no idea how people misinterpret something like that. Bottom line: I won't buy a car without a spare tire. Oh, and do you even know how to use your car jack? I bet quite a few can't remove it from the mount in less than 30 seconds! If they saw my car jack, almost all of them wouldn't have a clue how to detach it from the trunk mounts!
  • Chris 2012/10/17 06:25:04
  • bill.fl... Chris 2012/10/18 04:49:24
  • T Bevan Chris 2012/10/20 12:15:12
  • American☆Atheist 2012/10/17 02:17:38
  • JayG 2012/10/17 00:38:58
  • Stan We... JayG 2012/10/17 03:47:27
    Stan Weinstein
    You're absolutely correct. As long as people don't complain we'll keep getting screwed. What's next - an optional steering wheel?
  • joshBigBoss 2012/10/16 23:28:31
    If the saving is significantly more than the worth of a tire I would get it. Tires are pretty easy to get.
  • shane 2012/10/16 23:07:01
    I can get a spare on a rim for $30 at a junkyard so if i can save $200 on the car then please keep the spare
  • marky 2012/10/16 22:55:41
    My last BMW did not have a spare just a can of tyre inflator which seemed pointless because the car with run flat tyres that cost a fortune to replace and the BMW was not cheap either and at least my Audi has a spare proper alloy in the boot where it should be
  • MacBlackadder21 2012/10/16 22:41:00
    I could just get pre used tires from a shop for £8 not a bad deal.
  • Nickolie 2012/10/16 22:37:02
    I honestly never check for one, I just assume it's there.

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