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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 02-22-2011, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Spare tire RAGE!!!

My 84 year old grandmother just bought herself a brand new 2011 Chevy Malibu. Last week, she was hit by some guy who came blasting through a red light and totaled out her mint condition Buick. So, she bought the new Malibu. It's a nice car and she's happy with it, but come to find out, it doesn't come with a spare tire or the jack to change it with! The dealer tells me that this is now an option on the Malibu. WTF? Since when is a spare tire an option on a car? I checked the GM website and sure enough, it's a $100 option. They never mentioned this to her when she bought the car and she didn't check to see if it had a spare tire. Honestly, I wouldn't have either. I've never heard of a car that didn't come with a spare tire. I bought a brand new Pontiac G6 in 2008. It came with a spare tire. So did the other 15 or so GM vehicles that I've owned over the years. All of them came from the factory with a spare tire. You didn't have to ask for it. It was just there. Not any more. So, she was going to pay the $100 for the stupid donut tire and the jack, but no. The dealer says that it is $500 to get the spare tire after you've bought the vehicle. You have got to be kidding me. It could not possibly cost this dealer $400 to have a donut tire shipped to Oklahoma and installed in her car. It's not like it's a complicated install. You put it in the freaking trunk! I had four tires and rims shipped to my house in Alaska last year. Alaska. It didn't even cost me $100 for the shipping. But they want $400 to ship a donut to Oklahoma and install it. And people wonder why GM sales suck. My mom and uncle who live in Oklahoma and near my grandma, are talking about going to a junk yard to find a spare tire for a brand new car. A junk yard. That's ridiculous. Any ideas on what we could do to get a better deal or how to deal with this situation? Are we out of luck? I just feel like my grandmother is being taken for a ride. Thanks for any advice!
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The junkyard is actually a good idea. They just need to be sure it's a 5 x 110 bolt pattern. Not too many cars are. There are other threads on here that discuss the other models with the same pattern. Once they find one and determine it fits, they can paint it if it looks old, but something to consider, also, is the age of the rubber itself. Hidden away it'll be less weathered by UV but temps and time still do their jobs.

My 2011 also didn't come standard with a spare except for one reason: my dealership has a standing order on all cars they get from GM to have a spare tire and jack. The only cars they sell without one are dealer trades.


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I bought a new wheel from gmpartsdirect for less than that. thank you DOT
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All of GM's cars including Cadillac charge extra for the spare. It does suck. Unfortunately, if your grandmother new this prior to the purchase she could have demanded it for $100. as part of the deal.

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i just complained and my dealer ordered one for me free of charge
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Was not even an option for me on my Solstice.

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I talked to my uncle today and according to him, the deal was taking forever since the car was in a town about an hour away and they had to work a trade. The spare tire problem came up before they signed the paperwork and the salesman verbally told my uncle and my grandmother that it was a $100 option and that they could just get it later. That led him to believe that they could just pay the $100 for the spare once they had the car. It was only later that the salesman then told them it was going to be $500. The whole thing is just kind of stupid really. My grandma really loves her Malibu despite this little snafu.
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Sounds like standard salesperson-speak: promise or say whatever to get the signature and sale, then conveniently "forget" what isn't written down. Plus, $500 sounds like a flat-out lie to discourage them from ordering it and making the seller actually have to work! Lazy SOB!


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My car also came without the Spare Tire and Jack. How could you find out what the "Correct" part numbers were. I would like to have the Spare and the Jack, but I don't trust the Parts Dept to know what is what.
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My car also came without the Spare Tire and Jack. How could you find out what the "Correct" part numbers were. I would like to have the Spare and the Jack, but I don't trust the Parts Dept to know what is what.


Try calling a different Dealership’s Parts Department and compare prices!
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