DENVER (CBS4)– The new car market is changing in ways that could leave some drivers stranded or waiting for a tow. Spare tires are no longer standard equipment on new cars.
It’s a change in the marketplace that catches many drivers off guard.
“If you lift this up looking for a spare tire, that’s basically what you got,” said driver Chuck Peck.
What you get is a can of Fix-A-Flat and a tire pump. There’s no space for a spare tire.
“If you wanted to purchase one it would go in here and there would be no trunk space for anything else,” said Peck.
Peck recently bought a new Volvo but he didn’t discover the missing spare tire until he had a problem. He got a puncture in his right rear tire and tried to replace it.
“To be honest with you, I was irate,” said Peck.
Peck feels it’s unsafe to be out on the road with no spare tire. He said no one told him his new Volvo didn’t come with one.
“So if I would have been told ahead of time, that the car didn’t have a spare tire, or that it didn’t even have a place to store a spare tire, I never would have bought the car,” said Peck.
It’s not that unusual. In fact, it’s becoming the norm in the car industry.
“It’s an industry standard practice so it’s not on the dealer to let the customer know because his car isn’t even offered with a spare tire,” said Rickenbaugh Volvo General Manager Nick Pacifico.
Nearly half of new vehicles don’t include a spare tire.
“Most of it has to do with taking weight off of the vehicle to improve fuel economy standards,” said Pacifico.
Spare tires are being left by the side of the road as the federal government pushes car makers to make models more fuel efficient.
“But I would venture to say that 99 point 99 percent of the American public when they buy a car, assume there is going to be a spare tire,” said Peck.