FRIDAY NIGHT I came home to a brand-new Hyundai Accent blocking part of my parking lot. I got to the other side of the car, and saw that the driver had put an enormous gash in the sidewall of her tire. Like any good Sammaritan I offered her help with changing the tire. She responded:
“It’s a brand new car, it ain’t got no spare.”
What?… Wait a minute… No spare??
I went inside and got on the Internet to verify this silly claim. Sure enough, on most 2013 Hyundais the spare tire is part of a “spare tire package” that is OPTIONAL.
I repeat, OPTIONAL. $300 option.
So what do they do with that space where the spare can go but doesn’t unless you pay extra for it. I assume it just stays empty as a testament to Korean cheapness.
Just a couple weeks ago I wen’t through the same problem. Flat tire, side of the road, far from home, but my car came with a spare. Turns out that spare couldn’t handle a mild pothole, as I popped that in a construction zone the next morning, but at least I was able to get home from the middle of nowhere in the first place.
It took a full day for Hyundai to get a tow truck down there. I’m sorry, but how is anyone benefitting from this sparelessness? The dealership is probably sending tow trucks to angry stranded customers all the time.
It would make sense if they gave the car run-flats, but they didn’t. In the highly likely event of getting a flat tire, you’re leaving the Hyundai wherever it stops.
And so, I took this as inspiration. Dedicated to everyone who thought not having a spare tire as standard was a good idea, this is a collection of solutions from the past for when flats happen.
Ault Park Concours d’Elegance. June 8, 2013. Cincinnati, OH.