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Is it Worth Getting my Alloys Refurbished?

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We’re often asked the question, “is it worth getting my alloys refurbed?” and in short, our answer will always be yes. Whether it’s down to damage or you’re trying to increase or retain the value of your car, we’d always recommend getting your alloys repaired or refurbed sooner rather than later.

Repairs

Whilst corroded alloys will often start out as a cosmetic issue if left for long periods of time the level of corrosion can often get to a point where it is no longer safe to drive on or full replacement of your alloys. As ever, we’d recommend you err on the side of caution when it comes to corrosion and seeks out the help of a professional technician who’ll be able to provide a prompt solution.

If your alloys are starting to corrode, then our advice would be to get them refurbished ASAP. Don’t leave them as the corrosion will slowly eat into the alloy getting deeper and deeper and it is at this point that the refurbishment process may not last for a very long time. The longer you leave the corrosion the more likely it will come back. If you get them refurbished at the early stages of corrosion appearing you have more of a chance of delaying the inevitable.

How do I know what level of damage I have?

Other than the obvious reason that we are trained to ensure your wheel is restored to the best possible standard, we’re also able to determine the current state of the alloy before carrying out any work. Cosmetic alloy damage varies in severity and most can be covering up a bigger problem with your wheel which can also impact your car’s performance if you drive on it. This is something we are able to spot and will be able to advise whether your alloy is actually repairable.

Repairing to sell

As previously mentioned, nothing looks worse than a “do it yourself” paint job or an obvious attempt at fixing something yourself. Put simply DIY repair jobs often end up doing serious damage to the resale value of any car, as well as potentially it’s safety. While we’re not promoting only ever using a mechanic or repair shop for any minor knock or dent, it is advisable to have professionals do the major repairs on a car so as to ensure that the vehicle looks good and retains its value. Alloy wheel repair kits include all the materials needed to repair damaged alloys; however, they are only recommended for fixing light to medium cosmetic damage. Other than the obvious reason that we are trained to ensure your wheel is restored to the best possible standard, we’re also able to determine the current state of the alloy before carrying out any work. Cosmetic alloy damage varies in severity and most can be covering up a bigger problem with your wheel which can also impact your car’s performance if you drive on it. This is something we are able to spot and will be able to advise whether your alloy is actually repairable.

Modifications

When making modifications to your car, it’s important to make sure you know which will add value and which won’t, before you put yourself out of pocket. 

Many think alloy wheels are simply stylish addition to a car, but they do actually have the potential to increase its value too. Obviously, it will depend to some extent on the age, make and model of the car and the type of wheel, but in most cases because newly refurbished wheels will not only greatly improve the overall appearance of the car, but they’ll also increase its value.  (The higher the value of the car to start with, the greater the chance that refurbishing the wheels will increase its value.)

If you already have alloys on your car but want to increase value, then it may be worth looking at alloy recolouring. With this service, a powder coating is sprayed on to the alloy like traditional paint which then settles on the surface dry. This is then heat-treated which forms a gel over the surface of the wheel that protects your alloy wheels against UV damage, light scratches, pollution and wash swirls. Not only does it add some personality to your car, but it ultimately could turn your popular make and model into a much more bespoke car which people may pay that little extra for if you sell privately. Find out more about our bespoke wheel colour changes here.

Another fantastic service that we offer that could add value to your car is calliper painting. Calliper paint can not only transform the appearance of your car and draw the eye to your vehicle and highlight your rims; but did you know it can also help protect them too? As callipers age, they accumulate more brake dust and road dirt and can rust over time too. The painting process will remove the grime and ensure your brake parts are in top condition before applying a fresh coat of paint to protect them for longer.

Get in touch today to get your alloys refurbed and back to looking like new, whether it be for safety or value purposes.

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