Ioniq for 88?

The Mercury News - - Drive - By Sharon L. Pe­ters CTW FEA­TURES What’s your ques­tion? Sharon Pe­ters would like to hear about what’s on your mind when it comes to car­ing for, driv­ing and re­pair­ing your ve­hi­cle. Email Sharon@ ctwfea­tures.com.

I am in the mar­ket for a new plug in car and have re­searched the Hyundai Ioniq plug in with all the new safety equip­ment. I find that this car is within my price range. What do you think about this ve­hi­cle for an 88-year-old man? My main prob­lem is that this car is re­ally hard to find.

I think this would be a great car for an 88-year-old man! Easy ma­neu­ver­abil­ity and small enough that it feels like you’re con­trol­ling it in­stead of the other way around.

This car, and the all-elec­tric ver­sion of it, has at­tracted a lot of buyer at­ten­tion and there have been short­ages re­ported. There was a world­wide “bat­tery short­age,” Hyundai said in the spring, and that re­sulted in what the com­pany said was an in­abil­ity to sup­ply suf­fi­cient all-elec­tric ver­sions (ob­servers said the com­pany just wasn’t pro­duc­ing a suf­fi­cient num­ber of the car). In any case, many would-be buy­ers turned to the plug in. More short­ages. A lit­tle more pa­tience should get you a 2019 model of the Ioniq you want.

Q: Think­ing about win­ter, un­for­tu­nately, and my snow tires, stored in the garage. Last year we got al­most no snow so I didn’t even pull them out and put them on. Other years they’ve been used for maybe only three or four months. The treads are great. But my brother says be­cause they’re prob­a­bly six or seven years old, I’ve got to get new ones for this win­ter. Wrong, right?

He’s right, if your guess about the age is cor­rect (and most of us think stuff has been stored a year or two less than it re­ally has been, so you’re prob­a­bly un­der­es­ti­mat­ing age).

Even though the tread is still de­cent, the ma­te­ri­als have de­graded over the years. Add to that the fact that ir­reg­u­larly used tires tend to get brit­tle, and six years is def­i­nitely your limit.

You’ll want to es­tab­lish ex­actly how old these tires are.

Easy.

There’s a tire ID num­ber on the side­wall. The last four num­bers tell what week and year the tire was man­u­fac­tured. So, if the last four are 0210, that means it was man­u­fac­tured the sec­ond week of 2010.

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