Some Newer Cars Sold Without Spare Tires

BRENTWOOD (KDKA) — There’s a growing trend of cars being sold without spare tires.

It really surprised Al Schademan of Brentwood, when he found no spare in his trunk.

It’s estimated 14 percent of new cars are without spares.

Car makers say it’s an effort to make cars lighter and increase fuel efficiency.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Regal GS, some versions of the Kia Optima and almost all BMW’s have no spares.

BMW’s are instead equipped with something called run flat tires, which can be driven with a puncture for about 50 miles.

Other cars with no spares have kits with an air pump and liquid sealant.

One car maker says the kits can fix 85 percent of punctures and that they’re easy to use, even for someone who’s afraid to change a tire.

Car makers also say the kits weigh less than a spare tire and jack, so that can improve fuel efficiency.

Schademan, however, would still rather have a spare and says he wouldn’t have bought the car if he had known.

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  1. smokey157 says:

    Hate to break your bubble but GM did not lead the pack. Several of their “foreighn ” competitors led the way

  2. Chris says:

    This is a trend and I am surprised that the number is only 14%. Manufacturer’s have a big MPG target to hit and are pulling out all the stops. And GM did not “lead the way” – they are not an automotive pioneer nor prone to excessive risk taking after coming out of bankruptcy. I think the spare tire will go the way of the cigarette lighter: an option if you want to pay for it. Sales people should explain it, though.

  3. smokey157 says:

    High speed run flat tires (used on Mini Cooper are $900 for four!!

    1. Mark F. says:

      Try placing 4 tires on an SUV – they are just as expensive or more. But guess what, we bought 4 tires on rims for the winter and we have 4 tires with rims for spring through fall. If you’re going to have a high maintenance vehicle, you need to make certain you can afford everything that goes with it. From what I understand about Mini Coopers, everything on it is an expense to replace, from the windshield wipers to oil changes. Sorry, but it’s not the vehilce for me – looks cute and Austin Powers drove one, but I don’t think it’s worth what you have to put into it.

      1. Paul says:

        Who cares Mark? are you that bored?

    2. Mayor of GBD says:

      Where do you want them to put the fifth tire on a Mini?

    3. Mayor of GBD says:

      What do you expect when you buy a clown car?

  4. dave says:

    GM was not first. where in this report did you see that.

  5. Cerberus says:

    Umm, I hate to break this to ya there KDKA… This isn’t NEW news. This was “front page” news on the Yahoo home page four months ago, and a story was done on CNN about it two months before that. But hey, I give you all an A for effort.


  6. TB says:

    Just an FYI: Most people who work in garages/tire shops hate to change tires with the ‘liquid sealants’ in them, so please if you use this in a tire let the shop and changer know it is in there.

  7. sue says:

    your all behind the times in 1976 or 77 there was a tire shortage and you got no spare…….

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  9. Evan Karelitz says:

    That’s not all that’s missing from new cars. I just bought a 2011 Nissan Versa. I opted for the model without keyless entry, I was unpleasantly surprised to find that it did not have a drivers door key lock. The dealership said that’s how new vehicles are coming, with only driver door and trunk key locks.

  10. chevelle64 says:

    Flats may seldom happen anymore, but i sure would hate to have no spare when i needed one

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