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Aug 9, 2013

I added towing insurance with State Farm. They will tow to a Tesla facility if necessary. It's cheap. I've never had to use it (so far).
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Dec 19, 2014
Lynchburg, VA
I bought one from Modern Spare (for an S) after having a blow-out 10 miles from home. It's definitely a donut, but if it can get me there without a tow, it will be worth it.


Mar 26, 2017
North Central, WA
In the last 6 years of driving Teslas (Model S, Model Y) we've had 3 or 4 tire inflation issues, all slow leaks due to nails or screws in the tire. The TPMS alerted us to low tire pressure each time. All but one time we were home and could drive to the nearest tire shop for repairs. The last time we were on a cross country trip so stopped and used a "fix a flat" aerosol can to stop the leak and get to a tire repair shop the next morning. So carrying a fix-a-flat can has worked for us.


May 10, 2015
Memphis, TN
As long as there's a way to call them because some places just don't have cell phone signals such as National Parks.
My last experience with AAA was not good. I had a (non-repairable) flat and pulled over in a sketchy neighborhood. I used the app, and later called when I'd not received a response after an hour or so. Eventually after almost three hours and multiple contacts I was able to find another tow service that I contacted directly.

AAA called me several hours later after I was home, way too late to be useful. I had excellent cell service, and was well inside city limits near an industrial area with many garages and body shops. I counted at least twenty empty rollback tow trucks that passed me. The driver that eventually showed up said that they had a AAA contract, but hadn't been contacted by them.

To their credit they reimbursed me for the tow (almost $200) without any pushback. I haven't had a need for them in several years (I always carry a compressor and tire plugs) but this last try was simply useless. My brother had a similar experience about a year ago, but was in rural Arkansas a long way from any AAA affiliated tow services or major highways.

I think staffing may be difficult for them right now. Years ago, I had excellent service when I needed it.


Jul 16, 2019
Murphy, TX
I had a slightly bent aftermarket wheel along with my best used tire(when I got new shoes for the car). I keep it in the garage most of the time but throw it into the trunk when I take a trip (which is a rare occurrence). Small floor jack and needed tools easily in frunk.


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Nov 27, 2012
Northern California
Funny story about AAA, I’ve been a member for around 7 years now, I blew out two tires on my model s and called a tow truck completely forgetting I had AAA, 170 bucks for a tow. Fast forward 2 years and I get into a small fender bender in my bmw, once again called a tow truck completely forgetting I have AAA.


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Aug 26, 2017
Tea Gardens
Living in Australia where you are typically several hundred miles (up to a thousand...) miles from a service station, and no "ranger" service, I bought the kit from Modern Spare.
A couple of days after it arrived (and please don't ask about DHL, that's a story that could make a book) I noticed a slow puncture because of a screw in a back tyre. Since I was at home I used the Modern Spare jack, took the wheel off and took it to the nearest tyre place 50m away where it was fixed, so didn't use the spare.
It sits in the trunk or behind one of the seats and I consider it insurance albeit with quite a premium!


Jul 18, 2021
how do most of you deal with not having a spare tire. I'm thinking about the kit offered by Modern Spare Tire kit and looking for guidance
I have had the Modern Spare (Pirelli--T135/80R18, 2 ply polyester sidewall, 4 ply tread (steel & polyester)) for 1.5 years and used it last Sunday for the first time. We were 240 miles from home and at 09:00 Sunday, tire pressure in the left rear drops to 36 PSI (screw in tread adjacent sidewall), others @ 45 PSI (no warning from the system, however). Called Roadside Assistance, whose solution was to send a tow truck (waiting time unspecified) to take the car to a Tesla service center in Mt. Kisco, NY--65 miles in the wrong direction (we live in Boston). Didn't avail myself of that option, mounted the spare+adapter ring after topping up inflation to 60 PSI, drove home at 60-65 MPH and had no issues at all. Tire still has lots of wear left, although Modern Spare does sell replacement tires. Having AAA/Tesla Service in metropolitan areas is likely fine....but on a Sunday morning in the upstate NY mountains, I prefer the spare. Just my 2 cents' worth.

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