Friday 20 July 2018

'Tyred' of having no spare wheel

Take care when changing a tyre
Take care when changing a tyre
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

Maybe it is the time of year and people are getting more punctures, but we're receiving a lot of complaints about the lack of spare wheels.

It is fair to say that most people have no desire to be sloping around in the pouring rain trying to get mobile again.

It is equally fair to say that, spare or not, many would call roadside assistance anyway.

Yet a common query to Motors has been: "Why can't I just have a spare in the boot like in my last car? I felt reassured."

The fact is you can't in many cases - often because you didn't ask.

Car makers are not putting them in because they add weight. And those few kilos can make the difference between a car nudging under a certain emissions level or not. If it doesn't, you pay more for the car in VRT and road tax.

But there is a potential solution. Ask for a spare in your new car when you're buying. If a dealer does charge it won't be much more than €100/€150 on average.

This is a recurring issue, though, and there is no doubt, if you haven't already done so, you should check your boot now.

Always take great care if changing a tyre on the roadside.

Indo Motoring

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