My car is having new tyres fitted.

My guess is as follows

The above sentence means

I am having new tyres fitted on my car.

Is My car is having a "firm intention / definite decision"? or "arrangement in the future"?

  • To make it syntactically and idiomatically unambiguous you might want to add "as we speak" or "tomorrow at 10" or "before the first snow"
    – mplungjan
    Nov 8, 2017 at 8:35

1 Answer 1


At least in American English, this is syntactically ambiguous. The phrase "is having" can be present progressive or future tense. I might say "my car is having new tires fitted" while my car is presently at the shop and someone is changing its tires, or when I have an appointment to have them changed next week. The present progressive is more likely with no further context; if I don't tell you when it is happening, it's probably happening now.

It's possible that this is different in the dialect of English your tyres are from.

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