June 27, 2022

How dangerous are damaged alloys?

An alloy can easily become scratched, dented, chipped and even bent. The cause of damage tends to come from an impact – this can be high force or through a minor collision. 

Driving on a damaged alloy is not advised as it has the potential to cause a huge accident. Extensive damage to your alloys can also be the reason why your car does not pass its MOT. 

To avoid the stress and hassle of having damaged alloys, you can simply book through us and make sure your alloys are in tip top shape. 

What classes as a damaged alloy?

An alloy can be classed as damaged from a slight scratch all the way to the alloy being largely cracked with parts falling off. 
Damage to your alloys can consist of chips, scratches, scrapes, cracks, dents and even bends.

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How do alloys get damaged?

The usual reason for alloys becoming damaged is through minor or high impact collisions. This can be through hitting a curb, going through a pothole too fast, getting hit or hitting another vehicle. 

Once the collision has occurred, it could have caused the alloy to dislodge which would need attention as soon as possible. 

Another alternative is that the collision may cause the protective layer to peel away. Once the protective layer has gone, the alloy is exposed to the environmental elements such as brake dust, oil and grime on the road, weakening it throughout.

How dangerous is alloy wheel damage?

Small scratches and scrapes can look like nothing to be concerned about, but they can be creating large amounts of strain on your tires and vehicle. With this strain, the overall ability of the car to steer can be affected. 

A damaged alloy, if not treated, can cause further problems on all areas of the car. For instance, the engine of the car has to work harder, consuming more fuel and therefore costing you more unnecessary money. 

If there is a bend or dent close to the tyre trim, this can cause a blowout. A blowout of a tire, say on the motorway, could actually prove fatal not only to yourself but others around you as well.

Can you drive on damaged alloys?

Driving on damaged alloys is not advised and creates unnecessary risk. 

The overall efficiency and quality of the car is affected, for example, the steering is affected, the engine has to work harder and the chance of a tyre blowout is dramatically increased due to increased strain.

Will damaged alloys fail an MOT?

An alloy wheel that has become dislodged or largely cracked, or is very badly damaged in any way, will most certainly be a contributing reason as to why a car fails its MOT. 

An alloy with spokes missing, cracks or that are loose will also fail. This is why it is important to ensure that your alloys are up to standard.

Where can I get my alloys repaired?

Through us here at Alloy Wheel Repair, we offer only the best experts to fix and repair your alloys all over the UK. Just select a location and book your appointment today!

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