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Bent Wheels and Rims: Repair vs. Replacement

Car accidents, rocky roads, and driving mishaps can all leave you with bent wheels or rims. This can create poor fuel economy, bumpy driving, uncontrollable wheels, and more severe vehicle troubles when left untreated. So should you get your bent rims repaired or replaced? Thankfully, most bent rims can (and should) be repaired; however, there are also reasons you may opt for replacement. Here is a closer look at bent wheel/rim repair vs. replacement.

Why You Might Choose Rim Repair

You might be wondering, “Can bent rims be straightened?” The short answer is often yes—bent wheels/rims can almost always be repaired with professional-grade tools and expertise. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons you might opt for rim repairs instead of replacement:

Cost Savings of Rim Repairs

The primary reason many drivers choose rim repair is the cost savings this service provides. With rim replacement, you have to pay for both the new rim and the installation. Rim repair is more affordable with a flat service fee—while providing the same great results. 

Quick Convenience

When you need a rim replacement, your mechanic may need to order a new rim that fits your vehicle. It may be several days before your new rim arrives at the shop. Conversely, rim repair can often be completed within a day. This provides enhanced convenience and quicker service to get you back on the road.

Automotive Sustainability

Our mechanics are big on automotive sustainability (from our rooftop garden to our hybrid loaner cars). One substantial element of this sustainability is avoiding unnecessary part replacement. When you repair a viable bent rim instead of replacing it, you prevent that metal from going to waste. This option is often good for your vehicle, wallet, and the planet. 

Why You Might Choose Rim Replacement

While rim repair is suitable for most vehicles, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Let’s take a look at some circumstances that favor rim replacement:

Extensive Rim Damage

When rims are slightly bent, they can almost certainly be repaired. However, more extensive damage is a different situation. When your rims are severely bent out of shape, they are probably beyond repair. In this case, rim replacement may be your only option.

Rim Upgrades

Have you been considering custom wheel or rim upgrades? In this case, it might be worth paying for replacement rather than having your old rims repaired. You can customize your car by choosing a rim color, style, and material that meets your aesthetic. 

Rim Repair at Chapel Hill Tire Auto Service Mechanics

Are you in need of rim repair or replacement services? Chapel Hill Tire is here for you! Our mechanics offer rim repair services to drivers throughout the greater Triangle area. You can visit any of our 9 locations across Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Apex to get industry-leading rim service. Make your appointment here online, or visit your nearest Chapel Hill Tire auto mechanic shop to get started today!

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