Originally Posted by bankr63
But it may not have been quite so willful on the dealer's part. A TT can spend a lot of time in public locales and after it rolls off the assembly line and is delivered to the consumer. Obviously the used wheel wasn't put on in the factory, but the unit was transported to the dealer (admittedly IN to MI isn't that far), possibly sat on a lot for God knows how long, maybe went to a show or two.
Unless things have changed the spare was usually shipped inside the unit unless it is on a bottom winch.