An important South Florida driving tip:

Get a full size rim and full size spare for your vehicle.

Otherwise you will be stuck in South Florida’s unique sort of tire hell when you lose one.

The tire in question is NOT an uncommon size.

So far here’s what I’ve found:

* Sears. They have the tires in stock– three hours away. I can take my car in right when they open and maaaaaybe get out same day.

* Tire Kingdom. Need to make an appointment over a week in advance. All the cars there had bullet holes in them. All except this one, which I’d be mad if someone defiled. Because….. Look at this majestic thing

Just look at it. Majestic woody.

* An independent shop I’ve used before. Out of business.

* another independent shop I’ve used before. Gave me an appointment then took TEN walk in customers ahead of me, filling them up for the day. Gave me another appointment two weeks off.

* Goodyear. Need appointment weeks in advance. Doesn’t acknowledge that my tire size exists.

* Firestone. Doesn’t acknowledge that my tire size exists. Offered a tire the wrong size at $190 a pop with two days lead time.

* Pep Boys. Backordered, next availability not known.

* Costco. In stock, ready to install, but I don’t have a membership. Yet. Probably will soon.
Oh but that’s okay. If your car isn’t in good shape you can just take the train. No wait… You will not and never will be able to take the train. Thanks Gimenez.

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