Where is Your Spare Tire?

December 9th, 2015 by

If you bought a compact to mid-size car after 2013, chances are that you may not have a spare tire. Many manufacturers stopped putting them in cars to improve weight, space and fuel mileage. They were replaced by inflator kits which work great for if you have a small puncture, but will prove useless if there is a hard impact.


If you own a 2013-14 Forte, Rio, Optima or Soul, please check your trunk to be sure you have a spare. “Our primary concern is for the safety of our customers. We do not want someone to have a tire issue and be stuck alone or with children in the middle of nowhere,” said Mitch Jones, Service and Parts Director.

In fact, Kia Country feels so strongly about the importance of having a spare, that we started installing Genuine OEM Kia spare tire kits in every new car in 2015. All kits are designed specifically for your car

If for some reason you do not have a spare, we would strongly encourage you to have a spare tire kit installed. The kits $265 including installation. They include:

• 16” or 17’ steel wheel
• Mounted spare tire
• Jack
• Jack lift handle
• Lug nut wrench
• Hard foam tool case
• Valve Stem
• Tire Pressure Label
• Mounting Plate (to secure in trunk)

If you live in the Charleston area and have any questions or would like to order a kit, please contact our Service Department at 843.573.4995.

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Our Service team is always happy to help our customers. Kia Country serves the Greater Charleston area. If you live outside this region, please contact your local Kia dealer.
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