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Knowing how to change a flat tire may not save you from a big bill for roadside assistance these days.

Spare tires are no longer standard equipment on many new cars, according to an article in today’s Los Angeles Times, as manufacturers look for ways to cut costs and boost fuel efficiency. Data from Edmunds.com indicates that 38% fewer cars have full-size spares than did five years ago, and most of those that still do are trucks and large SUVs.

Instead, many manufacturers are offering flat-fixing kits or subbing in so-called run-flat tires, which are reinforced in a way that allows you to continue driving on them for short distances, hopefully long enough to make it to a mechanic. If your car does come with a spare, it’s probably a temporary donut. None of those options is a great solution for drivers in trouble, says the LA Times, especially if the tire damage amounts to more than a minor puncture.

“When you purchase a vehicle, it’s important to be aware of this trend,” says Christie Hyde, a spokeswoman for AAA, which saw a 10% drop in the number of flat-tire assistance calls last year. Dealerships and private owners aren’t necessarily going to tell you there’s no spare, and it’s important to have a back-up plan of some kind to avoid roadside panic hunting for a nonexistent spare and the average fee of $76 (per national database towPartners) for a five-mile tow.

Manufacturers often include free roadside assistance, and it’s occasionally a free perk of carrying a high-end credit card. AAA Basic, which costs $58 per year, offers up to four three-mile tows free of charge. If you’re covered by either, protection may be as simple as having the right toll-free number saved into the contacts on your phone. Free phone apps like towSearch also help drivers find towing companies near them – and may offer a 10% discount.

The no-spare trend could also lead to higher costs when you buy replacement tires, Hyde says. The more durable run-flat tires can cost $50 extra apiece — or more — adding substantially to your bill.

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    • Has anyone read ‘The Great 401k Hoax’? Written by a fomerr chief editor of Businessweek mag, William Wolman, the central premise of the book is that public companies simply will not have enough profits to support investors’ retirements. Stocks are ultimately a claim on the earnings and assets of companies which do not justify current price levels. Also, retiring boomers will face falling equity prices due to falling demand for equities due to slower population growth.Consider this – the whole 401k program is designed to boost demand for stocks and thereby boost stock prices while having no effect on the corporate earnings. So you pay more for the same amount of earnings.

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need to know
When do markets close for Labor Day?
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Europe set for weekly loss | FTSE 100 drops
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Treasury yields fall | Dollar weakens
Big week of losses for Asian stocks
Amazon to buy video software company
Kocherlakota opposes 2015 fed-fund rate hike
AstraZeneca: FDA OKs long-term Brilinta use


Money flows back to stock funds as investors tiptoe in
Money flows back to stock funds


Obscure trading strategy draws Wall Street’s ire

G-20 wants China to say how it will calm markets
G-20 wants China to say how it will calm markets

Chinese Navy ships enter U.S. territory

Watch China’s 90-minute parade in 60 seconds
See photos of China's massive military parade
China markets close for war anniversary

Donald Trump stumbles during interview on foreign policy
Trump stumbles in interview on foreign policy

Family grief may hold Biden back from White House run
Family grief may hold Biden back from 2016 run

My father wanted to divide his estate, but my sister took it all
My sister took all of my father’s estate


Labor Day traffic will be the worst since 2008


Oops — Rick Perry says broken clock right once a day

Hey Twitter, is Jack Dorsey going to be CEO?

Karl Lagerfeld is coming to a store near you
Karl Lagerfeld is coming to a store near you

Germany at fault in Europe’s refugee crisis
Immigration to Germany at highest since 1992
Chaos in Budapest as migrants rush trains
Father of drowned Syrian boy describes voyage

Is the emerging markets bull back again?

Six actors who were almost cast as James Bond

Sizeable outflow from China adds to fears
China tightens controls to keep money at home

Gates: How we can avoid worst of climate change

Facebook is most successful app, beating out Google, Apple
This is the most successful app ever


43% of U.S. homes are at high risk of natural disaster

What it’s like to play tennis with a ‘smart’ racket

Does this survey confirm our worst fears about the sexes?
Does this confirm our worst fears about the sexes?

Blame Marissa Mayer for maternity-leave shrink

These are the college majors that are dying

They tangled with student debt all summer
College help for low-income families

Investment risk has changed, so this must change too
Volatility is driving foreign buyers to Treasurys

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GOOG /quotes/zigman/30194416/composite 606.25 -8.09 -1.32%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 15.94 0.09 0.57%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 51.79 0.04 0.08%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 13.84 -0.03 -0.22%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 33.04 0.22 0.67%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 32.41 0.21 0.65%
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