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Flat Tire! Do You Have a Spare? from Angie's List

In an effort to increase fuel economy, decrease vehicle weight and give you more trunk space, manufactures are saying so long to the spare tire.

Many new models are now equipped with inflator and sealant kits or run flat tires which are designed to go at slower speeds for 50 miles or more after a tire has been punctured.

Angie's List, the nation's leading provider of consumer reviews, asked highly rated auto service companies to shed some light about run flat tires.

Run flat tires:

  • Most run flats have a stiffer ride than traditional tires.
  • Cost more than traditional tires.
  • Some run flat tires can be repaired if punctured – while others cannot. It depends on the manufacturer.
  • Run flats can be replaced with regular standard tires, but you'll likely have to invest in a new wheel that matches your car.
  • Some cars that have run flats have a compartment for a spare tire (should you want to add one). It depends on the car manufacturer.

Angie's List Tips:

  • Research before you buy: If you are in the market for a new vehicle, ask the salesperson if the car is equipped with a spare tire. If not, ask what your options are.
  • Buy a full-sized spare: If you find your vehicle is not equipped with a spare and you decide you want one, some tire shops offer several spare tire types. The prices vary greatly depending on the type of spare you purchase, and often start at $100 and go up. A full-size matching spare generally costs more than twice that of a compact temporary. Some donut tires can be purchased online for as low as $50, but are more expensive at a tire retailer.
  • Be prepared: You don't want to be stuck on the side of the road. If your car has a spare, check regularly that it's properly inflated.
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