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.

Comments (3)
  1. Linder says:

    They dont think they are getting enough for a car??? so cheat the customer and take a tire away.!? Cars always came with spare as it is unsafe to be without one. What a greedy world we live in.

    Well, maybe people can take a stand and bargain for a spare tire thrown in or look for another deal, or let them know you and everyone else will be buying a foreign car.

  2. Linder says:

    Please please please,..dont tell me people are leaving their spare tires on the road side resulting in better effiency. Maybe worn down bare threads or race cars drivers, but not perfectly good tires. Next it will be the steering wheel and mirrors. They need to work on making more fuel effient or good electric cars before trying to sell us a line o bull about spare tires weigh too much so get rid of it.

    Do you car people think I and the rest of the American public is that stupid and gullible??? Any one that wants to cut the weight on their car just needs to eat less and clean the trash out.

    1. Paul says:

      Where has everyone been, GM has been doing this for three years now with their small cars. John Q Public was stupid enough to allow the car makers to get away with putting cheap donuts in for spares so they figured why not a can of fix a flat. What is next, the bumpers and sheet metals are already replaced with plastic?

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