Well, there has been a serious response to my piece on spare wheels last week. Many people say they will not buy a car without one. In many cases, it should be pointed out, dealers will provide one for nominal cost. Thanks for your responses.
I traded in a Lexus GS300 that I really liked for the more economical BMW520d. Diesel cheaper; smaller engine. Road tax reduction from €1,500 to €300. In effect a €100/month incentive from the government to change.
All good until it came to changing the tyres and I found out I had a car with run-flats. All the saving I made by changing cars, and more, has been eaten up by the tyres.
1. It cost as more to replace the back tyres than to replace all four on the Lexus.
2. Then, last week I got a puncture. These damned run-flats merely placed me in limbo. I couldn't drive from Cork to Dublin at 80kmh. Learned it couldn't be fixed and had to be replaced but garage didn't have the tyre in stock. Had to wait until next morning and pay €520 for least expensive pair of front tyres and miss my appointment in Dublin. Give me ordinary tyres and a spare one in the boot any day.
I'm very much in favour of having a spare wheel. Providing a "skinny" spare does not increase boot space as the well, for the spare, has to accommodate the punctured (full-size) wheel after putting on the spare. Joe, Athlone
We bought a Skoda Roomster last year. It has a spare wheel and the means to change it. Having had two cars with no spare, this was one of our reasons for buying it.
(Name with Eddie).
I bought a new 2015 Opel this year and had to fight hard to get my spare wheel free. I wasn't going to buy if I didn't get it. The sales person eventually caved in but it was a battle. Although I may be female, I knew what I wanted and not being stuck on the side of the road with a flat tyre was something I didn't want. I'm one of the 20pc who CAN change a wheel. I have all the gear in my boot all the time. Car companies have an AWFUL lot to answer for. Companies are continually cutting corners and the costumers are the ones losing out.
(Name with Eddie).
I agree with your opinion. I drive an older Nissan Note which has a 'skinny' spare wheel. This is limiting enough due to its speed restriction and temporary use. However, I was surprised when I looked at the new Nissan Note to discover there is no spare wheel at all. I live in a rural area and the prospect of being stranded on a dark third-class road at night due to hitting a pothole does not bear thinking about. The new Note is a nice car but I think that the Nissan boffins this time have forgotten the basics of motoring, arriving safely.
Could I suggest the following as a simple solution for all-year consistency in new car registrations (March 18, Motors).
From 2016 the licence plate numbers would change on a monthly basis: Cars registered in January would read with 1601-D-xxxx for examle, May would be 1605-D-xxxx and December would be 1612-D-xxxx.
Des, Dublin 14