Are Spare Tires Becoming Sparse? | Luther Burnsville Hyundai



AAA recently published an article with a surprising statistic. According to their report, 36% of 2015 model-year vehicles were sold without a spare tire.

Why are spare tires going the way of the DoDo bird you ask? In the constant effort to make vehicles more fuel-efficient, engineers discovered that by removing the spare tire, vehicle weight could be lowered by up to 30 pounds. 30 pounds might not sound like very much, but when it comes to mpg every pound makes a big difference.

Don’t panic just yet it if your vehicle does not include a spare tire. Hyundai isn’t going to leave you stranded on the side of the road. Most vehicles without spare tires are now instead equipped with run-flat tires or an emergency flat tire kit.

Run-flat tires can suffer a puncture and allow you to keep you driving a certain distance. The amount of miles you can drive on a punctured tire depends on the tire itself.  Most run-flat tires will give you enough time to drive to a local service station. The downside to run-flat tires however is that they can be hard to find and expensive to replace. However, as run-flat tires become a more popular choice for carmakers, prices will likely drop as availability grows.

Emergency flat-tire kits provide a temporary fix for small tread punctures. These kits include an inflator and sealant to provide you enough time to drive to a local service station, like Luther Burnsville Hyundai. It is important to know to never use one of these kits to seal a sidewall puncture or cut. Instead, it is best to call for roadside assistance. While refill sealant kits might be expensive to purchase from the dealership, sealing the puncture before driving to the service station will make it more likely that the professionals will be able to repair your tire as opposed to having to replace it completely.

All hope is not lost for the spare tire however. Many dealerships will gladly include a spare tire with the purchase of your new vehicle. Be sure ask if the vehicle you are purchasing comes with a spare tire. If it doesn’t, and you want one, see if the dealership will trade the emergency flat-tire kit for a spare tire.

Below you will find a list of Hyundai vehicles that do not automatically come equipped with spare tires:

Accent (2011 – 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare


Elantra (2011 – 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare


Genesis Coupe (2010 – 2015) Spare tire optional, run-flat tires are installed when not equipped with a spare


Genesis Sedan (2009-2015) Spare tire optional, run-flat tires are installed when not equipped with a spare


Sonata (2011 - 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare


Sonata Hybrid (2012 - 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare


Veloster (2012 - 2015): Spare tire optional, inflator/sealant kit provided when not equipped with a spare


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