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Fixing a Flat on a Budget

Jun 12, 2008
Have you ever had a flat tire with payday still a week or more away? This has happened to countless people and they are in a bind that they do not know how to get out of. Not having money saved for emergencies is a problem most Americans have and they simply hope they never have an emergency to deal with! However, when one comes along, like a flat tire, something must be done. Fortunately, fixing a flat on a budget is easier than you might have thought. The following suggestions are a few ways to help you fix your flat tire without breaking the bank.

Fix a Flat

If the flat tire is not severe, there is a bottle of air that is called a Fix a Flat. It costs about $5 for the can and it really works to help you pump up your tire and back on the road. This will not last you more than a couple days, and in some cases just a few hours, but it is enough to get you to work or wherever you need to go. It is a good idea to always keep a bottle of Fix a Flat in your car for emergencies just like this.

Used Tires

Few people are aware they can buy used tires for cheap, but that still have plenty of tread on them. There are many people who get new tires before they actually need them. They may do this because they are just used to, because they want new tires for whatever reason, or they do not want to risk a flat tire by letting their tires get any older. You can benefit from this by buying a used tire at a really cheap price. There will certainly be enough tread on it to get you until payday when you can buy a new one. Or, you could just ride the used one until it actually needs to be replaced.

Credit Card

Use your credit card to buy a new tire and you will be able to get the tire you need without breaking the bank. You will have all month to pay the card off, and in many cases longer than that if you do not mind paying interest. If you have no other option, using your credit card is a great idea. And, if you only have a gas credit card and you visit a gas station with a mechanic you can put the tire change right on your gas card!

These are just a few suggestions to help you pay for a flat tire in an emergency situation when you have no funds. More often than not people are unaware of their options and they are not prepared for a situation like this, and they go into panic mode. Just follow the suggestions outlined here and all will be well.

When you're on the hunt for your new tires, make sure you check out at least a few tire shops. You may find that the first person you go to is offering a bad rate. Be sure to shop around, it never hurts!
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