Angie's List: Spare tires versus using inflator-kit when your tire goes flat

LEWISTON, ID - Imagine your tire blows out on the highway. Instead of waiting for roadside assistance, you decide to change the tire yourself.

You open the trunk and surprise, no spare! In today's Angie's List report, the options you have as spare tires disappear.

"I had the car for about three years and drove with 32,000 miles about and in that time I replaced the rear tires twice and the front tires once," said consumer, Landon Toll. "In total, the three years I had the car I spent a little over $2,300 just in tires alone."

"A run flat tire will run much stiffer," said auto store co-owner, Chris Cooper. "You don't get much of a cushion in there. Standard low tire will run nice and quiet and a run flat tire will run a little bit stiff. It just depends on what kind of ride you are looking for."

"For most having a flat tire can be their worst nightmare, especially if they are caught on the road when it happens," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "Being prepared and knowing exactly what you've got when shopping for a car is going to be important. Don't be afraid to ask the dealer, what comes with the car? How does it work?"

"You can replace your run flats with regular standard tires, but then you have to invest in a new wheel that matches your car," said Cooper. "And then you have to put the spare in. Some cars that have run flats have spare compartments; some don't - depending on the manufacturer."

"With the transition of inflator-kits being used instead of spare tires, we decided to pose the question to consumers and ask them which one they prefer," said Hicks. "We posted it on our Facebook page and we found that people still tend to like to hang on to that spare tire. The traditional way still seems to be the favored way."

Experts tell Angie's List some run flat tires can be repaired if punctured - while others cannot. It depends on the manufacturer.