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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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    • BeenThroughItAll
    • By BeenThroughItAll 15th Jun 17, 9:03 PM
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    Park at least 10inches from the kerb - that'll keep you safe..
    Originally posted by wymondham
    I'd say 20, just to be on the safe side.
    • Cupcake Returns
    • By Cupcake Returns 15th Jun 17, 9:14 PM
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    Cupcake Returns
    Never parked against a curb since the day I passed my test, alloys are beautiful

    Actually it's a lie, I'm now having to park against a curb in my new place of work, and I'm teased mercifully about how careful I am. Slow motion could possibly be faster then me parking, but hey ho, my alloys are perfect

    I've been driving just 10 years and seriously I've always avoided kerb parking, preferring a car park and walking
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 15th Jun 17, 10:38 PM
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    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.
    Originally posted by d0nkeyk0ng
    Both of these.
    Learn to adjust your door mirrors down and watch for the kerb, keeping it paralell to the wheels. Once you get used to the routine, you will become a reverse parking zen master! Do the same in supermarkets and other car parks, as many times as possible, to make it a good habit. Just don't forget to adjust your door mirrors back to the best position for the road.

    People do not use door mirrors enough IMO: I use mine all the time.
    I think this job really needs
    a much bigger hammer.
    • ozmusafir
    • By ozmusafir 19th Jun 17, 10:39 AM
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    Don't drive it.
    • Head The Ball
    • By Head The Ball 19th Jun 17, 12:34 PM
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    Head The Ball
    ..I've been driving just 10 years and seriously I've always avoided kerb parking, preferring a car park and walking
    Originally posted by Cupcake Returns
    So you get dings and dents from careless door openers rather than scratched alloys.
    Every Village has its Idiot.

    If you don't know who your Village Idiot is

    it is probably you.
    • Jackmydad
    • By Jackmydad 19th Jun 17, 12:43 PM
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    People do not use door mirrors enough IMO: I use mine all the time.
    Originally posted by Robisere
    I'll bet you've driven vans, lorries, or something else with restricted rear vision.
    I probably use the door mirrors as much as the interior one.
    • elverson
    • By elverson 19th Jun 17, 12:51 PM
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    Watch this

    and this
    • CardinalWolsey
    • By CardinalWolsey 19th Jun 17, 5:47 PM
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    All the suggestions seem to be that when parking next to a kerb, to avoid damaging your alloys, you need to be going really slow - crawling if you will. And that, your Honour, is the argument for the defence.
    Last edited by CardinalWolsey; 20-06-2017 at 8:01 AM.
    • MataNui
    • By MataNui 22nd Jun 17, 3:51 PM
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    Dont worry about it. Doesnt matter how careful you are at some point some !!!! spanner monkey will attack them with a metal tyre bar or even just drop them face down on the concrete workshop floor when you are having brake pads changed.

    Only way you will keep them looking good is not to let anyone near them.
    • Manxman in exile
    • By Manxman in exile 22nd Jun 17, 5:55 PM
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    Manxman in exile
    I agree with everyone who has said use the wing/door mirrors. Isn't this what you are meant to do?
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