What’s The Cost Of A Scuffed Alloy?

Mon 18th Oct 2021

The perils of parallel parking have left many a driver with a dented ego, as well as a damaged alloy wheel, and now Skoda have estimated the total bill of getting every alloy in the UK fixed.

According to research from the Czech firm, the total number of ‘kerbed’ alloy wheels stands at more than 13 million, which would leave a massive £890m bill to fix all at once.

Skoda’s analysis estimated that more than a third of motorists are driving vehicles with badly damaged alloy wheels, and 56 per cent of those were caused by hitting a kerb. The budget car brand claims to have come up with a solution to the problem with their intelligent Park Assist available on all fourth generation Skoda Fabias. The technology steers itself into space as the driver focuses on braking and accelerating, ensuring the car is parked a safe distance from the kerb.

Motorists can’t blame fellow road users for the scuffs and scrapes on their wheels, as 83% of drivers said the damage had been caused by someone in their own household, according to ŠKODA’s data.

As well as affecting the appearance of the car, the impact of a wheel on the kerb can lead to further issues such as tyre damage and even tracking problems with a car.

“Despite the high number of damaged alloy wheels, a third of drivers claimed to be very confident when parking,” Skoda said. “Part of the problem could be down to their preferred type of parking manoeuvre, with almost half (45%) saying they would rather bay park compared to just 18% who see parallel parking as the better option.”