Alloy wheels can be damaged by the smallest of incidents, from tapping a kerb to hitting a pothole. If, after an incident like these, you are experiencing poor steering with excessive shaking and uneven tyre wear, you may have bent or buckled your alloy/s.
Luckily, our local experts are available across the UK to easily and efficiently straighten bent alloy wheels and ensure that they are safe to drive on and perform as well as they should.
What is alloy wheel straightening?
Alloy wheel straightening is a process whereby a professional, using precise machinery, straightens a bent alloy wheel back to its original, safe shape. It is a service that falls under alloy wheel repair and refurbishment.
An alloy is a mixture of metals and is relatively soft, meaning that it is susceptible to buckling should it be hit by something or on something. This does mean however, that it can be easily bent back into place.
Alloy wheel straightening needs to be done as soon as possible once a dent is noticed, as driving with bent alloys can create unsafe steering problems, damage your tyres and throw off your wheel balancing. This creates more problems and costs much more time and money to fix!
This is why it is important to get your alloys straightened as soon as you can if you notice damage.
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Why should I get my alloy wheels straightened?
Even if the damage to your alloy wheels is minor, it is likely to still cause further damage to your car in the long run. Out of shape alloys can ruin tyres and make driving unsafe.
Your steering may also see significant, costly damage if you were to drive on a bent alloy, and you may also affect your vehicle's suspension.
Seriously bent alloy wheels will most likely fail an MOT, so it’s important that you allow a professional to rectify the issue.
Replacing alloy wheels is also much more expensive than having the damaged ones straightened, so the repairs are worth it to save costs in the long run.
Our alloy wheel straightening process
We can easily repair dents, bends and buckles in all types of alloy wheels with professional, precise straightening equipment and machinery. Our team is experienced in operating these tools not only to straighten alloys, but test the wheels to ensure that they are correctly straightened and safe to drive on.
We’ll assess the damage, understand what the extent of the buckling is and discuss with you relevant costs and timescales depending on how severe the damage is. We’ll then get to work straightening the alloy/s, ensuring ultimate safety by performing detailed checks afterwards, such as checking pressure levels.
Where can I get alloy wheel straightening?
If you are looking for a professional alloy wheel straightening service, our experts are available locally and can help. We cover a range of areas in the North West and throughout the UK, including
Complete the booking request form or call the number on the page of your nearest repair centre and our team will get you booked in.
Use our search bar below to find your nearest, trusted professional and book in an alloy straightening session with us as soon as possible.
FAQs about alloy wheel straightening
Here we answer some of the most common questions we get about alloy wheel straightening and our processes. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts for advice.
If you have alternate damage to your alloy wheels and are unsure of what to do, check out our blog post on what to do if your alloy wheels are damaged for expert advice and support.
How much does it cost to get alloy wheels straightened?
The cost of straightening alloy wheels depends heavily on the extent of the damage and how long it will take to fix the issue. Our experts can discuss prices with you once they understand the level of damage they will be rectifying.
Either way, alloy wheel straightening is a far cheaper alternative to replacing a wheel and especially cheaper than repairing damage to your steering, tyres and suspension as a result of driving on bent alloys.
How long does alloy wheel straightening take?
Alloy wheel straightening isn’t usually a lengthy process; it’s often completed the same day and many people choose to wait with their vehicles whilst it’s done! You shouldn’t be off the road long if you catch the damage early and book in for a repair as soon as possible.
Our experts will communicate timescales with you should the extent of your damage be significant and require more repair time.
How do I tell if my alloy wheel needs straightening?
Other than monitoring your alloys and searching for obvious signs of damages, bends, dents or bucklings, you may experience issues when driving. If you feel unusual vibrations or shaking when driving, this may be a sign that your alloys have buckled.
If your vehicle:
- Shakes or vibrates unusually when driving
- Has tyres that are worn unevenly
- Has bulging, low pressure or flat tyres
- Has sudden, poor quality steering and/or poor braking performance
… you may have a dent in one or more of your alloys. If you are unsure, get in touch and we can assess any issues with your alloys and decide whether straightening is the right option for you.
If my alloy wheel is buckled, will I have to buy a replacement wheel?
If you notice the damage in a timely manner and book in with our experts soon after, you won’t have to worry about buying a replacement wheel. In most cases, we are able to straighten your wheel with ease.
Does alloy wheel straightening affect the strength of the wheel?
Alloy wheel straightening does not really affect the strength of your wheel, so you shouldn’t worry about this unless your damage is very significant.Further damage to a previously straightened alloy wheel can affect overall wheel strength however, so you’ll need to be careful when driving on poor road conditions.