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    • kmb500
    • By kmb500 15th Jun 17, 2:47 PM
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    how to avoid kerbing wheels?
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    • 15th Jun 17, 2:47 PM
    how to avoid kerbing wheels? 15th Jun 17 at 2:47 PM
    Hi, I have a brand new car, have had it for 6 weeks now and I've just kerbed the 4th wheel. This is getting really annoying now! Reversing into tight parking spots at work and I just keep kerbing them. Im getting worried about how much I'll have to end up paying in 3 years time at the end of the lease due to them being damaged. I am just not used to reversing into parking spaces. Can anyone give me any advice how to stop doing this?


    Also is it likely I will be recharged by my lease company at the end of the lease? does anyone know how much it costs to fix a kerbed alloy? thanks
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    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 15th Jun 17, 2:48 PM
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    Practice, lots of it.

    If you're worried about costs later, it might be worth buying some cheaper wheels and putting the good ones on before you return the car.
    • ssparks2003
    • By ssparks2003 15th Jun 17, 2:52 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 2:52 PM
    How do you avoid it, learn how to park, or park somewhere else?
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 15th Jun 17, 2:56 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 2:56 PM
    As above, or try these - https://www.alloygator.com/
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 15th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
    Hi, I have a brand new car, have had it for 6 weeks now and I've just kerbed the 4th wheel. This is getting really annoying now! Reversing into tight parking spots at work and I just keep kerbing them. Im getting worried about how much I'll have to end up paying in 3 years time at the end of the lease due to them being damaged. I am just not used to reversing into parking spaces. Can anyone give me any advice how to stop doing this?


    Also is it likely I will be recharged by my lease company at the end of the lease? does anyone know how much it costs to fix a kerbed alloy? thanks
    Originally posted by kmb500
    Its down to not parking so close to the kerb really. I either park out a little or avoid parking spaces beside kerbs.
    Regards

    Paul
    • kmb500
    • By kmb500 15th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 2:58 PM
    Practice, lots of it.

    If you're worried about costs later, it might be worth buying some cheaper wheels and putting the good ones on before you return the car.
    Originally posted by Herzlos
    That's not a half bad idea. I'll try to find out how much it costs to repair them and weigh it up, but if I've kerbed them badly already then in 35 months time I will probably have done it much more



    How do you avoid it, learn how to park, or park somewhere else?
    Originally posted by ssparks2003
    I can park elsewhere at work but at home it's parking on the street so I have to park up against the kerb. Busy roads and very narrow so you have to park as close to the kerb as possible
    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 15th Jun 17, 3:02 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 3:02 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 3:02 PM
    Wheels with tyres having a minimum 65 profile, rather than silly rubber band tyres they now fit.
    • motorguy
    • By motorguy 15th Jun 17, 3:05 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 3:05 PM
    Wheels with tyres having a minimum 65 profile, rather than silly rubber band tyres they now fit.
    Originally posted by daveyjp
    Bit late if they already have the car.
    Regards

    Paul
    • *~Zephyr~*
    • By *~Zephyr~* 15th Jun 17, 3:16 PM
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    • 15th Jun 17, 3:16 PM
    That's not a half bad idea. I'll try to find out how much it costs to repair them and weigh it up, but if I've kerbed them badly already then in 35 months time I will probably have done it much more
    Originally posted by kmb500
    Speak to someone like The Wheel Specialist or google "alloy wheel refurbishment" to find somewhere in your local area who will quote you for fixing them. You can do one at a time as and when you've got the spare cash between now and the lease ending.

    Then buy alloygators and have them fitted as they are refurbed to keep them nice.
    • kmb500
    • By kmb500 15th Jun 17, 3:31 PM
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    Speak to someone like The Wheel Specialist or google "alloy wheel refurbishment" to find somewhere in your local area who will quote you for fixing them. You can do one at a time as and when you've got the spare cash between now and the lease ending.

    Then buy alloygators and have them fitted as they are refurbed to keep them nice.
    Originally posted by *~Zephyr~*

    WHat if I did it the other way around? If I fitted alloygators to the wheels with them still have kerb scuffs/damage and then in 3 years time when I return the car, I only need to pay for what needs fixing (avoids me getting something repaired if it isn't required)


    or is it bad to leave a alloy kerbed for 3 years before fixing it?
    • gingerdad
    • By gingerdad 15th Jun 17, 4:05 PM
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    i'd be handing the keys back and getting the bus if you've kerbed it 4 times already - or maybe some parking lesson

    there will be a guide for the company you've leased it from as to acceptable damage -but its about 40-50mm long for the company we use and any marks on the alloy itself
    The futures bright the future is Ginger
    • gingerdad
    • By gingerdad 15th Jun 17, 4:06 PM
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    it was about £50 a wheel charge on my last car- only had one

    would also wait till the end and get them repaired just before it goes back
    The futures bright the future is Ginger
    • kmb500
    • By kmb500 15th Jun 17, 4:19 PM
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    i'd be handing the keys back and getting the bus if you've kerbed it 4 times already - or maybe some parking lesson

    there will be a guide for the company you've leased it from as to acceptable damage -but its about 40-50mm long for the company we use and any marks on the alloy itself
    Originally posted by gingerdad
    sorry, it's a completely different car from what I'm used to and I am not used to reversing into spaces and parking by the kerb.
    • mrmot
    • By mrmot 15th Jun 17, 5:15 PM
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    Tilt the door mirror down so that you can see the distance between the wheel and the kerb and park accordingly.
    • lister
    • By lister 15th Jun 17, 5:44 PM
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    As a driving instructor I get the pleasure of teaching people to park close to kerbs (forwards and backwards on a daily basis).

    There are two key ingredients...

    First, already mentioned, don't try to park millimetres from the kerb. Aim to be 15-20cm, better part of a door mirror's width from the kerb. Gives you some margin for error if you get it wrong.

    Secondly, and far more important in my experience. Do it slowly! When you have done it slower than normal, do it again, more slowly, because I bet you weren't slow enough for me the first time (in fact I doubt you will be even then, but it is a start). If you are slow, a) you are more likely to be accurate and be able to correct slight errors, b) if you do touch, you should do so at 0.001mph and cause no damage.
    • d0nkeyk0ng
    • By d0nkeyk0ng 15th Jun 17, 6:21 PM
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    Tilt the door mirror down so that you can see the distance between the wheel and the kerb and park accordingly.
    Originally posted by mrmot
    This. The mirrors only Golf are such that if I drop the right side down, the left one also drops. This means when I'm reversing, I can see where the wheels are going.

    I will also reiterate the advice to go slow. I've kerbed my wheels several times (they've been refurbished twice!) and it's always when I'm in a hurry or not paying attention etc.
    • AndyMc.....
    • By AndyMc..... 15th Jun 17, 6:44 PM
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    sorry, it's a completely different car from what I'm used to and I am not used to reversing into spaces and parking by the kerb.
    Originally posted by kmb500
    Park in the place you're used to then. The fiesta isn't that much bigger than the MX5 it replace.
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 15th Jun 17, 7:15 PM
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    Use your mirrors, the big mistake most people make is turning around and peering through the rear window.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

    "Never confuse education with intelligence"
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 15th Jun 17, 7:49 PM
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    How to avoid kerbing wheels?

    Avoid kerbs.
    • wymondham
    • By wymondham 15th Jun 17, 8:50 PM
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    Park at least 10inches from the kerb - that'll keep you safe..
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