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To want to just take the sodding alloys off my car

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DoristheNovice Tue 27-Jan-15 13:26:57

So, I'm just pootling along in my little Corsa when BAM! I'm skidding ( on oil in the road ) straight into a curb, scrape along it and then bounce off again. The car in front has done exactly the same thing but thankfully our cars didn't hit each other.

I've got home and checked my alloys and yep, it looks like Jaws from James Bond has been gnawing on my front passenger side alloy, whilst the back one seems to have escaped without much damage.

I've now got to tell the husband who, by his own admission, hates any scuffs on alloys because it makes his teeth itch to see the lovely shiny silvery discs useless, expensive pieces of crap damaged.

I'd like to pretend that I'm an excellent driver and has never scuffed them before but then I'd be a lying cow. At least this time it was beyond my control.

Gah.

InfinitySeven Tue 27-Jan-15 13:30:52

It doesn't cost much to have them repolished...about £40 for all four of ours, and we're near London!

Alloys are much nicer than hubcaps. And if you had hubcaps, it would probably have come off if you hit it hard, and then you'd be hubcap-less and needing a new one.

I love my alloys. I just get them polished up every now and again to keep them looking okay. Although they met a curb the other day, so one side isn't looking too new right now!

InfinitySeven Tue 27-Jan-15 13:30:54

It doesn't cost much to have them repolished...about £40 for all four of ours, and we're near London!

Alloys are much nicer than hubcaps. And if you had hubcaps, it would probably have come off if you hit it hard, and then you'd be hubcap-less and needing a new one.

I love my alloys. I just get them polished up every now and again to keep them looking okay. Although they met a curb the other day, so one side isn't looking too new right now!

OberonTheHopeful Tue 27-Jan-15 13:33:05

Some companies will come to your house to repair scuffed alloys, doesn't take too long and is fairly inexpensive.

QueQuesto Tue 27-Jan-15 13:35:29

I'd get your suspension checked out too, I clipped the kerb like that once and it fucked up the suspension on that wheel.

DoristheNovice Tue 27-Jan-15 13:58:41

Yeah i've looking at quotes and it doesn't look too expensive to fix them. I remember having to have the tracking checked last time I bumped walloped the kerb blush

I need to sort it asap because I can just picture my DH sat here this evening twitching because he knows there's a imperfection sat out on the driveway hmm

PrincessPilolevuofTONGA Tue 27-Jan-15 14:07:39

i have this conversation with DH regularly - we live rurally and often have to plough up banks / onto verges to get out of the way of oncoming vehicles. whwhoever thought it was a good idea to put something expensive and fragile in the most vulnerable place???

alloys are ridiculous frankly

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Tue 27-Jan-15 14:12:19

Silvery discs? Alloy wheels are solid wheels. You don't mean a hubcap or wheel trim stuck on an ordinary steel wheel do you? confused

DoristheNovice Tue 27-Jan-15 14:22:44

Ha, I can see why I confused you MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig

I know shit all about cars.... obviously.

Yes i've got alloys, not hubcaps. In my ideal world, I would just have bog standard tyres with nothing silvery on them at all for me to wreck.

bigbluebus Tue 27-Jan-15 14:24:36

More importantly OP, have you reported the oil on the road before someone has a serious accident?

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Tue 27-Jan-15 14:32:24

Ah, I did wonder. grin

DoristheNovice Tue 27-Jan-15 14:33:35

Yep bigbluebus the other guy said he'd sort it and called it in.

richthegreatcornholio Tue 27-Jan-15 15:12:46

Expect to pay from £40-50 per wheel upwards depending on their size and the severity of the damage.

richthegreatcornholio Tue 27-Jan-15 15:20:45

It doesn't cost much to have them repolished...about £40 for all four of ours, and we're near London

You realise that alloy wheels are painted/powdercoated? You don't just get them repolished. Admittedly some people do run stripped and polished alloys but they require many hours of regular maintenance with metal polish

fluffyraggies Tue 27-Jan-15 15:21:37

Oh god. Per wheel. Of course ...

<face palm>

I'm sat reading this thinking 'hmm, 40 quid to get my alloys all nice ... that would be doable''.

£160+ = not doable.

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