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If you take a vehicle to the shop for tire maintenance, you may be told that you picked up a nail or other sharp object. There are tire punctures that cannot be safely patched. While many people believe they are being scammed by a repair shop into buying a brand new tire, the fact is there are industry regulations governing unsafe patching of tire punctures. Tire service sometimes involves biting the bullet and shelling out for a new tire, or preferably a new set of tires. When your mechanic informs you of an unfixable flat, he or she is doing you a big favor in the safety department.