Your frustration over lack of spare wheels in so many cars
Published 01/04/2015 | 02:30
Several readers have been in contact to express their frustration at the lack of spare wheels in cars.
I got a puncture in my 12-reg Kia Rio and went to get the spare wheel. You know the story. I rang for roadside assistance (three years free).
After being sorted, I drove to the garage immediately to get it fixed, as I was not sure how long the tyre would stay inflated.
I then went to the dealership where I bought the car and asked if I'd be up the creek if I got another puncture. They were sympathetic, but explained the car did not come with a spare wheel.
After a long chat they ordered one for me. I had to pay €250. I will never buy a car that does not have a spare wheel.
Do these manufacturers not realise the danger of grinding to a halt on a miserable day with children in the car (in my case grandchildren)? The men who decided to scrap this essential piece of equipment must be sitting on their brains. - Maria
Unlike the reader who had no spare wheel recently with a new Nissan Note, I purchased a Nissan Pulsar in January with a proper spare wheel as part of the package.
This was a key element in my decision to purchase. Repair kits do not cut the mustard.
I have over the past three years had only two flats but both were due to pothole damage and no puncture repair kit would get me home.
I drive a BMW 5-series. My wife drives a small hatchback. Neither has spare wheels. My car has run-flats (€250 each to replace). My wife's car has that electric device to pump up her wheels. No way would she attempt to use it.
I got a puncture in the run-flats once and got it mended even though I was advised to replace it. At €250 a pop, I said, no way was I throwing away a tyre with 8k miles on it. Now I carry two of those canisters to pump in goo if I get a puncture.