Sunday Times gets to grips with spare tyre problem

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Nowadays when you buy a new car, there is a pretty good chance that it won’t have a spare tyre, which means if you suffer a puncture that can’t be repaired with the sealant kit that has been supplied instead, you are massively inconvenienced, to put it mildly.

For this reason, a lot of customers ask about ways round the problem, which usually means cramming a space-saver tyre into your boot, so we were interested to see the issue raised in the Sunday Times motoring supplement, Car Clinic this weekend.

JS from Manchester reached out to the Car Clinic team to ask: “My Ford B-Max came with a a tyre repair kit but no spare wheel. Is the boot big enough for a full-size spare or do I need a space-saver, and where is the best (and cheapest) place to get these?”

Car Clinic expert Dave ‘Inspector Gadget’ Pollard replied: “Fewer than a third of new cars now come with a spare wheel as standard, according to recent research by the consumer organisation Which?. In line with this trend, your Ford B-Max comes with a repair kit consisting of a can of spray sealant and an inflater.

“The problem with sealant spray is that it cannot be used if a puncture is too large or close to the sidewall, so for some drivers – particularly those who regularly drive long distances – a spare tyre is still the preferred option.

“With that in mind, for an extra £100 B-Max buyers can specify a space-saver spare-wheel kit. A full-size spare won’t fit into the boot well, though you can still order the space-saver from Ford for £100 (including the securing rod to screw it to the boot floor).

“However, you’ll now have to pay more for the spare-wheel mould that fits into the well and round the wheel to keep everything neat and secure. Ford told us it did not have a price for this item yet and has not yet sold one as an aftermarket part, but it is likely to cost about £20.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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