Making your alloy wheels look like new

Audi TTS Alloy wheel Refurbishment

When it comes to parallel parking there are very few of us have escaped the pain and anguish of kerbing our beloved alloy wheels. As hard as we try those pesky kerbs always find a way of scraping the face of our wheels inflicting permanent, unsightly damage. Some of us fare worse than others and have alloy wheels whose faces resemble cheese graters.

If you’re like me living with the damage isn’t an option. I HAVE to have it sorted out! Which is where another round of anguish starts. Who do I trust to do my wheels? There are plenty of options and price ranges and a quick Google of wheel refurbishment in your area will uncover a plethora of companies vying for your business.

But who to use….

You have to consider what you would like to achieve. Do you want a permanent, OEM quality repair that will be indistinguishable from the original wheel but cost a little bit more, or, a SMART repair that is cheaper, looks nice for a while but will start to peel and corrode before too long. The OEM quality repair will refurbish the whole wheel and takes longer, the SMART repair refurbishes only the face and is done in a couple of hours at your home/work.

Your choice comes down to quality and cost essentially. My personal preference, and one I always encourage, is to have an OEM quality repair especially for Diamond Cut wheels. SMART repairs on those are incredibly poor.

The only Alloy Wheel Refurbishment Service we offer is geared up to offer the best quality possible with cost taking a back seat and all of our refurbished wheels come with a 12 month guarantee. Having said that a set of 4 18″ alloy wheels fully stripped, repaired, refurbished, tyres refitted and wheels protected with a ceramic coating is just £360 – that’s only £90 per wheel. When you consider the price of OEM wheels that’s a bargain.

You can see some examples of our Alloy Wheel Refurbishments here.

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Petrol prices on the increase once again

We all knew it was too good to last, the promise of the £1 a litre petrol never quite materialised and now the price is heading back up.

Modern cars, particularly the diesels, have superb MPG as standard but if you drive an older car or one with a bigger engine the 65+ MPG you regularly see quoted can seem like a pipe dream. Howvever, there is something you can do to improve your lot.

Engines, in particular turbo diesels, leave the factory set up for a multitude of environments, fuel quality and emissions targets. There is a lot of surplus performance and economy that can be unlocked because of this and all it takes is some expert reprogramming of your car’s computer – ECU Remapping. This might sound a bit scary but for the experts at our tuner’s head office it’s a run-of-the-mill task. We can’t promise to get 65+MPG out of every car but we will improve it.

For under £300 and a couple of hours without your car you could get more power, making the car more enjoyable to drive, but also more MPG – typically between 10% and 15% – and lower emissions. The results are instant, permanent and you will start saving from the very first mile. All our remaps are custom written and come with a 14 day money back guarantee, if you aren’t 100% satisfied with the results let us know and we’ll put your car back to standard and refund your money. Not only that, we also offer a 12 month, 30,000 mile mechanical and electrical breakdown warranty should the work we have done cause a failure.

ECU Remapping with Reflections Detailing is 100% risk free. Now where did you put that phone?

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Cleaning your car isn’t just about looking good

New research shows that the traditional Sunday afternoon act of washing the cars is dying. The rise of sports on satellite TV and hobbies such as cycling are occupying more and more of our free time. The result has been a shift to the cheap hand car washes that have sprung up on almost every old petrol station site and those waterless washes you see on supermarket car parks. For £3-£5 someone else will wash your car for you leaving you free to do something else. But at what cost?

These hand car washes use caustic traffic film remover (TFR) and strong wheel cleaners to get you car close to presentable in as short a time as possible. They have to. They have a limited number of sponges/wash mitts/towels etc so you know they will be reusing them during the day, some will even use drying blades. This is all bad news for the long term care of your car. You will end up with damaged metal trims thanks to the TFR, swirls and scratches in your paintwork, corroded alloy wheels and the sad thing is it can be avoided.

hand car wash result
This Infinti M35H was hand washed at a roadside car wash twice a week for a year. The new owner wanted us to correct the paint. We made it look like new but gave the owner a bill for £600. Now, is that £3 wash still cheap?

Spending an hour washing your car yourself will prevent a whole host of damage being done just by following a few simple guidelines – we will be publishing a complete car care guide in the near future – which will keep your car looking better for longer, make the cleaning process easier and crucially, maintain a higher sale value.

Of course if you don’t fancy that companies like us will come out to you to carry out safe cleaning on a regular basis.

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