The term "buyer beware" is more true than ever these days when you head out to buy a car.
Windy VanCuren with AAA Mid-Atlantic says new EPA and Department of Transportation fuel efficiency standards mean the car may not come with a spare tire. Some are equipped with an emergency sealant, inflator kit or an emergency tire that can travel a short distance without air.
Even if your new or current car does have a spare, it is of no use if it is not properly maintained. Make sure that it is properly inflated and stored. If you are using a sealant, make sure you check the date and at least replace it every five years.
If you don't have roadside assistance, you may want to consider getting some. More than half of all cars left disabled on Virginia roads in recent months were caused by a lack of maintenance.