If you are looking for a new vehicle and a spare tire is important to you, be sure to pay attention to everything that comes with your potential new car. This is because many automakers are no longer putting replacement tires on newer vehicle models. If you find this interesting, wait until you know why some growers have chosen this practice. Read on for the top 4 reasons some new cars don’t come with a spare tire option.
1) Improved fuel efficiency
Since the eco-trend movement is becoming so popular that it is almost ingrained in the buying trends of most consumers, it is no wonder that many automakers are trying to improve the fuel efficiency of their vehicles. One effort to accomplish this has been to remove the extra weight from a spare tire. This may seem like a trivial amount, but the absence of a spare tire can reduce the overall weight of a vehicle by 30 to 50 pounds. This is because you must also consider the additional weight of the jack and the wrench. The benefits of this type of removal also help automakers meet strict EPA guidelines.
2) More storage space
While it may not seem like a simple donut or replacement can take up a lot of space, in smaller vehicles its absence can make a big difference. Vehicles like sports cars, compact cars, green cars, electric cars, and even smaller sedans can all benefit from the lack of a replacement. Additional spaces allow for a more comfortable ride.
3) Batteries and emission equipment
In contrast to adding more storage space, removing a spare tire is a necessity for many automakers because there is too much space taken up by other equipment. This includes hybrids, electric cars, and diesel. The batteries and emissions equipment in these vehicles occupy the space that would normally house a spare.
4) Decrease in manufacturing costs
Naturally, removing a spare tire saves automakers money; hundreds of thousands, in fact. However, many automakers use these savings to improve other mechanical, aesthetic, and performance characteristics. So sometimes, it’s a “give and take” situation.
What to do without spare
If you are the driver of a vehicle that lacks a replacement part, either because it was manufactured that way or you simply don’t have one, there are still options for you on the road. You can always buy a spare or donut that is the right size for your vehicle, along with the right tools (i.e. jack, torque wrench, road triangles, etc.).
If you ever come across a roadside flat without one, you can contact a 24-hour emergency roadside assistance service. Some insurance policies cover roadside assistance needs or have their own roadside assistance service. Just dial the number and wait for help to arrive. Most emergency roadside assistance services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. This is why they are called “emergency” roadside assistance services.