Two years ago my husband and I bought a Ford Tempo. It's a nice little car with air conditioning, comfortable seats, fingertip speed control, a map light; even a large trunk. And, like all other cars, it has the usual necessary parts. You know, all those things we take for granted will be there: engine, gas tank, tires, etc. It seems silly to mention them. I mean, everybody knows it wouldn't be a car without them, right?
The Ford Motor Company apparently no longer considers tires to be important. You see, no tire dealer has a size to fit our Tempo. The story goes: Each model has its own special tires, depending on the suspension, and the tires are a metric size made only by Michelin. There was a shortage due to unexpected high auto sales this past year. What they do have is being sent to the assembly line for new cars. I was told I could get one by special order only (prepaid, $86.99) and it would take at least two weeks for delivery.
Obviously someone goofed because we never had this problem before. In the past, whenever we needed a tire we've simply gone out and bought one. It was usually put on our car that same day.