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Spare tire advice

Hi...I'm sure if I'm posting in the wrong area or this question has been answered before, I will hear about it, which is fine, but I thought I'd take a chance and ask a question.

My Rio came without a spare tire which I didn't think about as I'd never had a flat. That changed recently, and after having two trucks maneuvering in pouring rain in a mini mall to tow me to a shop (thanks AAA), I want to get a spare. My question is, do I need the spare kit or special spare tire, or can I just buy a used tire? I live in Los Angeles and AAA is never far away, so keeping that in mind, any advice? And I apologize if this is too rudimentary a question for this forum. Thanks!

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You can buy a kit from Kia which will have the wheel with tire, a jack, and a lug wrench. They run around $220 or more. You can also go to a junk yard and try to find a wheel, tire, and jack that will fit you car. The second option can be done around $35.

Here is a kit from Ebay...
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A full size spare will fit in the trunk under the cover and you are thinking right in getting a spare with a jack. Used wheels can be found pretty cheap. Just make sure it is the correct size. The jack I carry came from an older Ford Focus and works perfectly. Tire? Don’t settle for something with a lot of age. When you finally need it, it may not be very good. A brand new tire mounted is $64 at a tire shop I just looked up.
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Kit includes a bin

Partly depends on whether you're OK with the mini donut spares or if you want a full sized tire.

We bought the spare tire kit, and it included a replacement bin to hold the mini tire. I'm not sure how it would have worked to have a spare tire (mini or full size) bouncing around down there without the custom fit bin. Maybe fine.
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