If you're always two steps ahead you're never truly stuck. Having roadside assistance and a spare tire are a given. But what if your car doesn't have a spare?
AAA's research found nearly 28% of 2017 model year vehicles didn't have a spare. Regardless if the 2017 were luxury, new, or used, they weren't equipped. Car buyer Julie Vandermause isn't thrilled to hear this news and says this'll affect the types of cars she buys in the future.
"I can't believe they wouldn't have a spare tire. Hello," says Vandermause. "No...it's a safety issue to me. It's a safety issue."
AAA learned the reason automakers are opting to leave the doughnut out is for improved customer satisfaction. By removing the fifth wheel makers like, Ford, Jeep, Chevy, Toyota are able to give owners more room, improved fuel economy, less weight and spend less.
Russ Darrow Toyota 's general manager, Danny Shutts, has worked in the industry for 30 years and says not having the tire isn't the end of the world.
Shutts says spares take up too much space and it's why many all-wheel-drive vehicles typically aren't equipped with them. To make sure customers aren't left in the lurch, manufactures will offer some type of roadside assistance or emergency kits instead.
AAA and Shutts encourage every customer to ask question, check stickers, and do your homework. Going to the car lot with information in hand is the best way to get what you want.