January 17, 2023

Will a Buckled Alloy Fail an MOT?

Buckled alloys are not only extremely dangerous, but they can cause your vehicle to fail its MOT test, meaning that you have to spend more money in the long run. 

If your alloys become buckled, you can get them repaired and refurbished through Alloy Wheel Repair.

What is a buckled wheel?

A buckled wheel is when damage to your wheel causes it to bend out of shape and not align correctly with your tyre. 

Buckled wheels are usually caused by driving on poor road surfaces, potholes or high kerbs.

Can you drive on a buckled alloy?

No, it is not safe to drive on a buckled alloy wheel, even if it is just slightly buckled. 

Buckled wheels can cause damage to your steering and handling, as well as potentially lead to flat tyres or even worse, a tyre blowout. 

You should look into getting them fixed as soon as possible in order to prevent any of the above issues.

Is a damaged alloy an MOT failure?

Yes, a badly damaged, distorted, cracked or scratched alloy can cause your vehicle to fail its MOT. 

This is because the tester will likely determine that the structure of the alloy has been compromised.

Is a welded alloy wheel an MOT failure?

A welded alloy wheel itself will not fail an MOT test. It will only fail if it is classed as an inadequate repair.

Will wheel rim damage be an MOT failure?

Section 5.2.2 of the revised MOT testing standards for class 3-7 vehicles states that a fractured or damaged wheel rim is a dangerous defect, and so will likely fail an MOT. 

It’s always best to get it fixed before your MOT to make sure it doesn’t fail.

DVLA rules on damaged alloys

According to Section 5.2.2 of the revised MOT testing standards, dangerous defects include:

  • Any fracture or welding defects on a wheel
  • A tyre retaining ring likely to come off
  • A wheel distorted or worn to the extent the wheel or tyre is likely to become detached

Major defects include:

  • A tyre retaining ring not correctly fitted
  • A wheel badly distorted or wear between wheel and hub at spigot mounting 
  • A wheel and its fittings not compatible 

If you think your alloy wheels fit any of the above categories, you should get them fixed or repaired before your car is due for its MOT, otherwise it may fail. 

How much does it cost to fix a buckled alloy wheel?

Depending on the degree in which the wheel has been buckled, and if there are any other signs of damage, buckled wheel repair can cost as little as £60 per wheel. 

Prices may include the cost of removing and refitting the tyre, plus the actual buckle repair. 

Can a slightly buckled alloy wheel be repaired?

Yes, slightly buckled alloy wheels can be repaired. You will need to visit a team of professionals, who use specialist hydraulic equipment to press the buckles out of your alloys. 

Be aware not every garage will fix buckled wheels since the job requires the specialist equipment.

How can I get my buckled alloy wheel repaired?

Getting your buckled alloy wheel fixed couldn’t be easier. Simply book a buckled alloy wheel repair with one of our professional and experienced mechanics at Alloy Wheel Repair. 

Our expert mechanics will advise you on the safest options for you and find a solution as soon as possible.

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