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    • jimmy cricket
    • By jimmy cricket 4th Dec 17, 8:01 PM
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    Arghh. Curbed alloy on brand new car.
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    • 4th Dec 17, 8:01 PM
    Arghh. Curbed alloy on brand new car. 4th Dec 17 at 8:01 PM
    Long shot here. I've curbed one of the wheels on my brand new car. Looking around, it seems that there are a lot of firms out there that can refurbish it.
    I'm looking for a recommendation on the east London/Essex border.
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    • Merlin139
    • By Merlin139 4th Dec 17, 8:07 PM
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    Why bother to get it done. Bet you will do it again no matter how much you try to avoid it. Unless you are selling it, what difference does it make?
    Unless of course its a big mark?
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 4th Dec 17, 8:13 PM
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    Why bother to get it done. Bet you will do it again no matter how much you try to avoid it. Unless you are selling it, what difference does it make?
    Unless of course its a big mark?
    Originally posted by Merlin139
    Why do people say that? I have not managed to kerb an alloy wheel for at least a decade, and I parallel park next to a kerb at least twice a day.
    • jimmy cricket
    • By jimmy cricket 4th Dec 17, 8:21 PM
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    • 4th Dec 17, 8:21 PM
    Why do people say that? I have not managed to kerb an alloy wheel for at least a decade, and I parallel park next to a kerb at least twice a day.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    Nope, first time for me too. Stupidly, I had parked it perfectly. However, it has one of those fancy drop wing mirrors so I thought I would play with it and see how near the curb I could get the car. 😳

    If I had just parked as I normally do, all would have been ok.

    I think it's about 50 quid to get it repaired so not breaking the bank. I would rather get it done.
    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 4th Dec 17, 8:22 PM
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    Ask the dealer who you bought it from, they will have an approved repairer and MIGHT, as gesture, let you leave it with them and get it sorted, when he;s next on site repairing their stock vehicles, with you paying the repairer directly.

    And didnt they offer a wheel/tyre insurance 'included' with the purchase. Unusual for them not to at least have tried. you might even have bought it without realising, if you didnt read through all the paperwork.

    VB
    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 4th Dec 17, 8:23 PM
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    Why bother to get it done. Bet you will do it again no matter how much you try to avoid it. Unless you are selling it, what difference does it make?
    Unless of course its a big mark?
    Originally posted by Merlin139
    To stop corrosion when they salt the roads.
    • George Michael
    • By George Michael 4th Dec 17, 8:41 PM
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    Why do people say that? I have not managed to kerb an alloy wheel for at least a decade, and I parallel park next to a kerb at least twice a day.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    It's not too difficult to get some damage to allow wheels from deep potholes, especially if they are filled with water and it's raining so it's next to impossible to see how deep the hole is and on some roads, it's not always possible to go around every one.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 4th Dec 17, 8:51 PM
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    Why do people say that? I have not managed to kerb an alloy wheel for at least a decade, and I parallel park next to a kerb at least twice a day.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    I think the point that was being made was that the OP kerbed the alloy on a new car and the chances are they could well do it again, so if it's not that bad it's probably best to leave until now and get it done when it comes to selling it.
    • treboeth
    • By treboeth 4th Dec 17, 8:54 PM
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    I think the point that was being made was that the OP kerbed the alloy on a new car and the chances are they could well do it again, so if it's not that bad it's probably best to leave until now and get it done when it comes to selling it.
    Originally posted by neilmcl

    Maybe just get a set of these for a few weeks as well
    http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-accessories/exterior-protection/rimblades-alloy-wheel-rim-protectors-black (probably cheaper elsewhere just for information)
    • hollie.weimeraner
    • By hollie.weimeraner 4th Dec 17, 8:59 PM
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    I had a Mazda MX5 a few years ago that was immaculate apart from the wheels so took it to a company called "The Wheel Specialist" in Leeds. Tyres removed, alloys refurbished and sprayed and baked in an oven. Results were brilliant. Pretty reasonable price as far as I can remember. They are a national franchise so may be one close to you. Looks like they have centres at Chessington, Maidenhead and St Albans. Seem to get good reviews.
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 5th Dec 17, 10:27 AM
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    I had a Mazda MX5 a few years ago that was immaculate apart from the wheels so took it to a company called "The Wheel Specialist" in Leeds. Tyres removed, alloys refurbished and sprayed and baked in an oven. Results were brilliant. Pretty reasonable price as far as I can remember. They are a national franchise so may be one close to you. Looks like they have centres at Chessington, Maidenhead and St Albans. Seem to get good reviews.
    Originally posted by hollie.weimeraner
    I've used these guys as well in Nottingham, did a really good job and with a discount was around £250 I seem to remember, which isn't bad for all 4 wheels. Lepsons are also very good for a full refurb.

    If the damage isn't too bad then I'd recommend taking it back to the dealer to see what they charge for a SMART repair, or just leave it until after the winter.
    • oscarward
    • By oscarward 5th Dec 17, 2:27 PM
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    I have used a wheel repairer when I get enough scrapes, my local one has 2 types of repair. Basic where they just deflate and push the tyre back to smooth and repaint, about £40 per corner while you wait even! Or tyre off strip to bare metal and refurb to original standard for £55-70 per corner, takes 2-3 days. Very good results from them.
    • Wig
    • By Wig 5th Dec 17, 9:00 PM
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    Each to his own, but I would wait at least a couple of years before paying for a repair and only then if i have done more scrapes, otherwise I would leave it until selling it.

    What you could also consider is going to the dealer, buying a new rim putting a tyre on it and put it on the car with your damaged one as a spare. as I bet you probably don't have a spare wheel in your boot, just some of that squirty stuff that does not work.
    Last edited by Wig; 05-12-2017 at 9:02 PM.
    • jimmy cricket
    • By jimmy cricket 5th Dec 17, 9:54 PM
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    Each to his own, but I would wait at least a couple of years before paying for a repair and only then if i have done more scrapes, otherwise I would leave it until selling it.

    What you could also consider is going to the dealer, buying a new rim putting a tyre on it and put it on the car with your damaged one as a spare. as I bet you probably don't have a spare wheel in your boot, just some of that squirty stuff that does not work.
    Originally posted by Wig
    Runflats. So not even a spare.
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 5th Dec 17, 10:29 PM
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    It's not too difficult to get some damage to allow wheels from deep potholes, especially if they are filled with water and it's raining so it's next to impossible to see how deep the hole is and on some roads, it's not always possible to go around every one.
    Originally posted by George Michael
    And yet over hundreds of thousands of miles, all over the UK and Europe, on all kinds of good and bad roads, I've not had a damaged alloy wheel for years.
    • George Michael
    • By George Michael 6th Dec 17, 1:19 AM
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    And yet over hundreds of thousands of miles, all over the UK and Europe, on all kinds of good and bad roads, I've not had a damaged alloy wheel for years.
    Originally posted by BeenThroughItAll
    Not had one "for years" which still means that it's happened to you at some point in time so whats wrong in thinking that it can and will happen to drivers who don't have as much driving experience as you?
    Last year alone, some estimates quoted in the region of 1 million reported potholes in the UK so it's not as if they are rare things to encounter nowadays.
    • IanMSpencer
    • By IanMSpencer 6th Dec 17, 11:33 AM
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    Take a look at different brands of tyres. Some have extra rubber to help defend the rim against kerbing. Off the top of my head I can't say which are better, but it was something that was pointed out to me at one point.

    Older, higher profile tyres are less prone to kerbing - the rubber sits "fatter". When we spec'd our Q3 we went for the lower spec plus upgrades rather than the SLine to avoid the mandatory low profile tyres. Advantages were more comfortable ride and less risk of kerbing the alloys - downside, presumably less road-holding when driving fast, so no downside for me!
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 6th Dec 17, 1:48 PM
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    Oh for the days of steel wheels with chrome hubcaps.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 6th Dec 17, 2:53 PM
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    Not had one "for years" which still means that it's happened to you at some point in time so whats wrong in thinking that it can and will happen to drivers who don't have as much driving experience as you?
    Last year alone, some estimates quoted in the region of 1 million reported potholes in the UK so it's not as if they are rare things to encounter nowadays.
    Originally posted by George Michael


    No, not had one 'for years' means I've not owned a car with a damaged alloy wheel 'for years'. I'm not aware of EVER having had a damaged alloy wheel as a result of a pothole, and ten years ago there were far fewer potholes for me to avoid.


    I've had three damaged alloy wheels.


    One, my own fault, slid into a kerb on ice in 1999 in my company Ford Escort
    Two, my own fault again, around about 2004, I bounced the front wheel of my Skoda Octavia vRS off a low concrete section around a toll-booth trying to get closer to the window in France.
    Three, the Volvo S40 I bought in 2006 had a depression on the inner bead of one wheel, which could well have been there since I bought it as it was discovered when I had winter tyres put on for a trip to the Alps only about 3-4 months after I had it.


    None of the other cars I've had since have ever had any problems with the wheels, and I've not kerbed them either - I always have the wheels refurbed when I buy a car now, the £2-300 it costs me is worth it when it comes to resale I've found, and I can't stand kerbed wheels on my car.
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