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Used needn’t mean bruised!

Buyers of second-hand cars should not neglect their alloy wheels, especially as the average cost of a one-year old used car is more than £20,000, advises AlloyGator.

And figures show that the used-car market in the UK is proving more resilient than new car sales being slightly up year-to-date.

The advice from alloy wheel protection specialists AlloyGator is to guard against expensive refurbishment or replacements by fitting their patented technology, whether it is a second-hand car or brand-new model.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator, said: “Buying a used-car doesn’t necessarily mean buying a bargain run around as a second-hand car just twelve months old can easily cost more than £20,000.

“A sizeable investment like this means that alloy wheel protection is still paramount. With it costing on average between £60 and £90 to get alloy wheels repaired, it still pays dividends to fit AlloyGators to avoid these expensive scuffs, scrapes and dents.”

AlloyGators are available in 15 colours and suit 98 per cent of wheel and tyre combinations. They fit wheel sizes from 12 to 24 inches.

Curt added: “A steady used-car market does not mean a downgrading in the appearance and class of cars on the UK’s roads. Indeed, such is the quality of many used-cars that it is hard to tell the difference with that of a brand-new model.

“And with any car, the chance of striking a kerb or hitting a pothole is just the same. For those with alloy wheels this can mean expensive damage that can be easily avoided by fitting AlloyGators.”

Made from super-tough nylon, the AlloyGator wheel protectors are designed to fit between the wheel rim and the tyre, protecting the wheel and reducing the risk of damaged caused by scuffs from kerbs and potholes.

Drivers looking to find out more about protecting their wheels with AlloyGators should visit www.alloygator.com to find their nearest approved fitter.

AlloyGator backs drivers who fight pothole plague

Car owners faced with pothole damage to their vehicle are being encouraged by leading alloy wheel protection specialist AlloyGator to make a compensation claim.

Hitting the side of a pothole without having AlloyGators fitted can cause scrapes, scuffs and dents to alloy wheels resulting in expensive repair bills or even the need for replacements.

Nevertheless, drivers who suffer alloy wheel damage, can make a compensation claim against the relevant authority, depending on where they are in the UK and what type of road they were driving on.

Yet they need to make their claim as strong as possible as up to 75 per cent of pothole claims are rejected by councils.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator, said: “We’re on the side of all motorists, whether they have AlloyGators fitted or not, and that’s why we’re telling drivers who may not know that they are entitled to make a claim for compensation if their vehicle is damaged by a road.

“If they want to make a claim then they must contact the relevant authority to say why they think they are responsible.

“They must also explain what damage was caused to their vehicle, the location where the damage took place and when it happened.”

And according to research carried out by AlloyGator and Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services, four out of every five cars on the UK’s roads may be being driven around with scuffs, scrapes and other unsightly damage to their alloy wheels.

Based on the survey findings, it’s estimated that there could be in excess of 95 million damaged wheels on UK roads, which could cost motorists a massive £7.6 billion to repair and restore the appearance of their wheels.

Curt added: “Fitting AlloyGators is the best protection for alloy wheels against damage caused by potholes.

“However, those drivers who don’t yet have AlloyGators are perfectly entitled to make a claim for compensation if they believe the condition of the road was responsible, although they might face stiff opposition from the relevant authority.”

For more information about AlloyGator visit www.alloygator.com

Remember, remember the 5th of December!!

Alloy wheel protection specialists AlloyGator is urging motorists to protect their wheels ahead of the UK’s most dangerous driving day.

According to some research, December 5th has a toxic mix of extra busy roads, darker nights and icy conditions resulting in the most number of motoring accidents on this day of the year.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator, said: “It certainly appears that motorists need to take extra care on December 5th whether it’s possibly tackling icy roads, congested streets or poor visibility.

“The good news, however, is that car owners can protect expensive alloy wheels by fitting AlloyGators which help prevent unsightly scuffs, dents and scrapes.”

Indeed, AlloyGator’s own research with Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services found that four out of every five cars on the UK’s roads may be being driven around with scuffs, scrapes and other unsightly damage to their alloy wheels.

Based on the survey findings, it’s estimated that there could be in excess of 95 million damaged wheels on UK roads, which could cost motorists a massive £7.6 billion to repair and restore the appearance of their wheels.

In the survey, just one in five cars didn’t have any damage to any of its wheels. Almost a third of those vehicles surveyed had damage to all four wheels while almost a quarter had damage to two wheels, and a further one in ten had damage to one wheel.

AlloyGators are suitable for 98 per cent of wheel and tyre combination and fit wheel sizes from 12 to 24 inches. They are available in 15 colours and fitted by an approved installer network across the UK.

To help motorists, AlloyGator has prepared some top winter driving tips:

  1. Carry a winter breakdown kit. This could include torch, shovel, jump-start cables, first-aid kit, plus warm clothes and blankets.
  2. Plan your journey. Before you head off check the weather conditions. Ask yourself if your journey is really necessary.
  3. If stuck in snow then use a higher gear to try and get out, moving the vehicle slowly backwards and forwards.
  4. Watch out for leaves as these present an increased skid risk.
  5. Clear snow from the car roof as it may drop onto the windscreen and block the view

Crash, bang, wallop – driving test changes just weeks away!

Changes to the driving test which are due to come into force in December could lead to a drop in the standards of basic car control warns alloy wheel protection specialists AlloyGator.

In the new test, the “reverse around a corner” manoeuvre has been scrapped, a move which AlloyGator fears could lead to even more damaged wheels.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator, said: “Even the most experienced driver can scrape their wheel, especially when performing a tricky manoeuvre like reversing around a corner.

“Removing this from the driving test could see a reduction in the standards of basic car control from new drivers who are unfamiliar performing such moves.

“Without this experience, accidental damage to alloy wheels could become even more common from drivers who passed the new test and are driving in real world conditions.”

Meanwhile, research carried out by AlloyGator and Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services found that four out of every five cars on the UK’s roads may be being driven around with scuffs, scrapes and other unsightly damage to their alloy wheels.

Based on the survey findings, it’s estimated that there could be in excess of 95 million damaged wheels on UK roads, which could cost motorists a massive £7.6 billion to repair and restore the appearance of their wheels.                                                                                                                                                                              Curt added: “Our research shows that alloy wheel damage is already rife in the UK, and this might only get worse after the introduction of the driving test changes.”

To help both learner and experienced drivers alike prevent costly and unsightly damage to their alloy wheels, AlloyGator’s super tough nylon protection system sits between the alloy wheel and tyre, reducing the risk of damage to the rim caused by scuffs against kerbs.

Available in a range of 15 colours, from discreet black and silver to bolder options including red, yellow and green, they can be fitted on wheels from 12 to 24 inches in size.

Make most of extra hour in bed with AlloyGators

AlloyGator is urging car owners to make the most of their extra hour in bed when the clocks go back to have a set of AlloyGators fitted – which takes the same time!

The timely advice from the alloy wheel protection specialists means that AlloyGator approved workshops and garages across the UK could be flooded with motorists looking to have the unique styling accessory fitted to their car on Sunday 29th October.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator said, “The clocks going back present the perfect opportunity for motorists to transform the look of their car by having AlloyGators fitted.

“It only takes about 60 minutes by an approved AlloyGator fitter so you are not actually losing any time as you get an extra hour in bed. However, we don’t expect car owners to rush down to their local AlloyGator installer the second the clocks go back at 2am!”

AlloyGators have been designed to protect alloy wheels and reduce the risk of damage caused by hitting kerbsides, driving over potholes and similar minor scrapes. They fit almost all wheel and tyre combinations and are available in 15 colours.

Curt added: “For customers who already have AlloyGators fitted then there are plenty of other ways to spend the extra hour, perhaps most obviously by having a lie in!”

AlloyGators can be fitted by a network of approved fitters at garages nationwide. To find your nearest fitter visit www.alloygator.com

Top ‘honours’ for Nathan in Renault Clio Cup 2017

AlloyGator sponsored racing driver Nathan Harrison has won the Graduates Cup for the 2017 Renault UK Clio Cup season.

The prestigious title is for young drivers in their first full season of the UK Clio Cup.

Overall, Nathan finished the competitive season in 10th position driving for Team Pyro with the final round at Brands Hatch last Sunday.

Nathan said: “I’d like to thank Curt and all the team at AlloyGator for their support throughout the 2017 season. Without the backing of businesses such as this I wouldn’t be able to go racing.”

However, it was a double celebration as James Colburn driving for AlloyGator sponsored team PP Motorsport finished sixth in the championship.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator, said: “Our congratulations go to Nathan on winning the Graduates Cup for 2017. As a supporting sponsor we are immensely proud of him and I’m sure this latest accolade will give him great confidence for the future. He’s definitely a name to be looking out for!

“Meanwhile our fitters Paint Perfect and their team PP Motorsport can also be thrilled with the fantastic season James has enjoyed securing sixth place overall. That’s no mean feat given the high level of competition he’s faced over 18 grueling races.”

Alongside its paint and body shop services, Paint Perfect is part of AlloyGator’s network of specially trained fitters, approved to stock and fit the super-tough nylon alloy wheel protectors.

For more information on AlloyGators or to find out about how to become an approved fitter contact 01527 909801 or visit www.alloygator.com

Driving instructor wins perfect prize for his car!

Blair Wilson, a driving instructor from Norwich, has won the ideal prize for his motoring school car – a brand new set of red AlloyGators to protect his alloy wheels.

The AlloyGators were fitted to Blair’s Citroen C3 at local Citroen and Seat dealership Duff Morgan in Norwich.

Blair – a driving instructor with ‘How 2 Drive’ whose website is www.how-2-drive.com – won the alloy wheel protection system following a competition earlier in the year when AlloyGator asked motorists to send in photos of their damaged alloy wheels caused by potholes.

Even though they have only just been fitted, a number of Blair’s pupils have already said how eye-catching the red AlloyGators look on his Citroen.

However, AlloyGators are more than just a great car styling accessory as they protect alloy wheels from unsightly and costly accidental damage which can come from kerb strikes and driving over potholes, plus other minor car scrapes.

Blair, a driving instructor for just over a year, said: “The red AlloyGators have only recently been fitted but already I know how good they are and I’m sure they will help prolong the life of my alloy wheels.”

While Blair chose red to match his car, AlloyGators are also available in a range of 15 colours and fit wheel sizes 12 to 24 inches, so are suitable for nearly all makes of cars.

Adam Spence, Service Manager at Duff Morgan SEAT, said: “We are very proud to be a leading supplier and installer of AlloyGators here at Duff Morgan SEAT Norwich. We have seen the benefits of being able to provide not only protection for our customers pride and joy but also adding that extra touch to stand out from the crowd. We have customers who have already returned following parking accidents and been extremely pleased that only a single AlloyGator has been required with no damage to their wheels.

“We can install kits to most vehicles of any make and model subject to fitment checks. A great way of preserving the condition of your cars appearance and future resale value.”

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator, added: “We’re delighted to hear that driving instructor Blair is already benefiting from his new AlloyGators. Driving school cars can be in the hands of student drivers for many hours each day and are particularly vulnerable to accidental damage, so Blair’s competition win is very appropriate.

“However, all motorists can benefit from AlloyGator’s super-tough nylon alloy wheel protection system. In fact, we recently conducted a survey which revealed that four out of five cars on the UK roads might have damaged alloy wheels. That’s a lot of cars that can benefit from AlloyGators!”

AlloyGators can be fitted by a network of approved fitters at garages nationwide. Drivers looking to find out more about protecting their wheels with AlloyGators should visit www.alloygator.com to find their nearest approved fitter.

AlloyGator gives ultimate protection in school run scramble

 

Exasperated parents fearing the dreaded daily school run can now protect their alloy wheels from costly damage in the daily parking chaos.

Indeed, a lack of parking can force rushed drivers to park in awkward positions, meaning accidents happen when they would not normally do so.

However, AlloyGator is an incredibly simple, yet effective, product made from super-tough nylon that sits between the alloy wheel and the tyre.

It works by protecting the alloy wheel from kerb side scrapes and scuffs, all too often unavoidable in the dash to find a parking space in the school run battlefield.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator, said: “As a parent myself I know the struggle faced by drivers in the school run.

“The good news, however, is that parents can at least protect their expensive alloy wheels, avoiding the need for possible replacement or repair work.”

And according to recent research by AlloyGator and Micheldever Tyre and Auto Services it would appear that four out of five cars in the UK have damaged alloy wheels.

Based on the survey findings, it is estimated that there could be in excess of 95 million damaged wheels on UK roads, which could cost motorists a massive £7.6 billion to repair and restore the appearance of their wheels.

Curt added: “Fitting AlloyGators can protect alloy wheels and prevent damage, as well as cover up existing wheel rim damage. There are also available in 15 colours, from some very discreet options to some ultra-funky varieties.

“I would encourage parents to add them to the back-to-school shopping list along with all the other essentials.”

AlloyGators fit wheel sizes from 12” to 24” inches and can be fitted by a network of approved fitters at garages nationwide. Drivers looking to find out more about protecting their wheels with AlloyGators should visit www.alloygator.com to find their nearest approved fitter

Look your best at the fest

  • Catch the judge’s eye with AlloyGator
  • Fifteen AlloyGator colours to choose from
  • AlloyGator also protects against kerbside scrapes and pothole damage

 

With a host of summer car shows still to enjoy, AlloyGator has the perfect accessory to give car enthusiasts the winning edge if displaying their vehicle in front of the judges.

Fitting coloured AlloyGators to match the car’s styling and colour could give entrants a competitive advantage when battling it out to catch the judge’s eye, says the alloy wheel protection specialist.

And with a varied range of 15 colours to choose from, including red, blue, yellow and green, there’s plenty to boost the appearance of classic cars, modern classics, retro models, plus performance and supercars.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator, said: “AlloyGator is a fantastic styling accessory and will make any car stand out from the crowd when sporting one of our funky options.

“Of course, the extra benefit is that AlloyGators also protect alloy wheels from dents, scrapes and scratches, avoiding the need for alloy wheel repairs or replacements.

“They are also available in discreet options including black, graphite and silver, for those car owners who want alloy wheel protection with a subtle visual appeal.”

Made from super-tough nylon, the AlloyGator wheel protectors are designed to fit between the wheel rim and the tyre, protecting the wheel and reducing the risk of damaged caused by scuffs from kerbs and potholes. They are available in a range of 15 colours, from discreet black and silver, to bolder options including pink, yellow and glow in the dark.

AlloyGators are available to fit wheel sizes from 12 to 24 inches and can be fitted by a network of approved fitters at garages nationwide. Those looking to find out more about protecting their wheels with AlloyGators should visit www.alloygator.com to find their nearest approved fitter.

Football fans pin their colours to their cars

  • Forget a car window sticker, scarf or flag, fit AlloyGators to show true love for your team
  • Varied range of AlloyGator colours to suit many teams
  • New large ‘exclusive’ AlloyGators for wheel sizes 12 to 24 inches

Football fans looking to show their devotion while travelling to see their favourite team this season can now choose the ultimate accessory with AlloyGator’s new range of larger coloured alloy wheel protectors.

Available in 15 colours, AlloyGators are ideal for all fans driving to home and away matches looking for essential protection for their alloy wheels.

Yet those fans who can benefit the most from fitting AlloyGators – now available for wheel sizes 12-24 inches – are those who have the furthest to drive for return journeys to all their away league matches.

These include Newcastle United in the Premier League at 9,024 miles, Sunderland A.F.C. in The Championship at 8,974 miles and Carlisle United in League Two at 10,710 miles.

However, all these pale in comparison to Plymouth Argyle fans in League One who face a mammoth 12,264 miles this season.

Indeed, fans of Newcastle, Sunderland, Carlisle and Plymouth are already catered for with a suitable colour for each respective club.

Curt Rathbone, managing director at AlloyGator, said: “As the new season kicks-off, what better way to get behind your team than by fitting AlloyGators to your car in their colours, no matter what league they play in and how far you need to travel.”

Made from super-tough nylon, the AlloyGator system sits between the car’s tyre and wheel rim, reducing the risk of damage caused by scuffs on kerbs or potholes.

There’s even a range of discreet options including black, graphite or silver for fans preferring to take advantage of the protection benefits of AlloyGator without showing support for their team’s colours.

For more information about the AlloyGator range of wheel protectors visit www.alloygator.com