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Alloy wheel repair in Vaud, or across the border near Evian?

Hi, does anyone know any alloy wheel repair shops around the Vevey area? And if so, how much is current going rate roughly? Alternatively, does anyone know why over the border in France? (Ignoring lock down for the moment). Would it be substantially cheaper to do it there? I need to collect winter wheels from there as soon as I’m allowed so could drop off the ones that need repairing at the same time theoretically. Thanks in advance...
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Re: Alloy wheel repair in Vaud, or across the border near Evian?

Hi, I reserved a spot to change tires soon here in CH. In the car dealership the repair service for wheel is offered for 160 CHF per wheel. I'm on the other side of Switzerland but dealerships should offer simmillar prices. I would expect this as a maximum price. Outside dealerships the price should be lower and in France even more. But, there's a lockdown now in France , it is OK to cross the border and return to bring a wheel to repair?
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Re: Alloy wheel repair in Vaud, or across the border near Evian?

Hi thanks for the info - 160 would be a lot less than I was expecting. As for the lockdown - I do need to pick up my car winter tyres soon and they’re stored in France and I’m wondering if that would be sufficient reason to cross the border? (To make my vehicle safe for winter). Probably not but I wonder.
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Re: Alloy wheel repair in Vaud, or across the border near Evian?

It cannot be more expensive than a new wheel =) Consider a set of wheels and tires could be less than 1000 CHF.....unless really nice ones or special car.
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Re: Alloy wheel repair in Vaud, or across the border near Evian?

What kind of repair are we talking about? And I agree with Axa - 160 CHF seems excessive, much better to buy new wheels.
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Re: Alloy wheel repair in Vaud, or across the border near Evian?

You can cross the border to pick your wheels. Going to a garage is a valid reason in France at the moment, especially to pick up wheels you need for the winter (as opposed to buying some oil you could easily buy in CH etc). You'll need the signed statement ("attestation"). Here's Gex sub-prefect Benoît Huber speaking to Le Messager last week (my translation):

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Swiss citizens can enter French territory if they meed the conditions of the signed statement. In concrete terms, they can come and do their shopping...
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What kind of repair are we talking about? And I agree with Axa - 160 CHF seems excessive, much better to buy new wheels.
Just scuffed alloys - so they’d likely needing blasting and recoating (I think, I’m not an expert).
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Re: Alloy wheel repair in Vaud, or across the border near Evian?

Humph, as it was said two posts ago, you can cross into France to pick up your tires. Cars, car repairs, etc. are considered essential services during lockdown. Garages are open. Download and print out our Attestation de Déplacement Dérogatoire. Fill out your name and address on the top. Check the 2nd box. Sign and date at the bottom.
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What kind of repair are we talking about? And I agree with Axa - 160 CHF seems excessive, much better to buy new wheels.
What? I have never seen it so cheap. I usually pay around CHF400, but these are painted, diamond cut alloys.
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Re: Alloy wheel repair in Vaud, or across the border near Evian?

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Just scuffed alloys - so they’d likely needing blasting and recoating (I think, I’m not an expert).
Prices do vary depending on diameter, I have seen power coating on Facebook for Chf350 for four, I was quoted Chf600 for a set of 19 inch alloys but paid Chf450 using a mate's account.
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What? I have never seen it so cheap. I usually pay around CHF400, but these are painted, diamond cut alloys.
Per wheel? They should be really niiiiiiice wheels

Also important, since the cars have cameras on mirrors that help you to park: zero scratches. I still don't understand why in all parking places there's a concrete band 10-15 cm high to both sides of the lane. It seems the only purpose of this is to damage wheels.
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Re: Alloy wheel repair in Vaud, or across the border near Evian?

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I still don't understand why in all parking places there's a concrete band 10-15 cm high to both sides of the lane. It seems the only purpose of this is to damage wheels.
Agree completely. Just can't understand why they can't have more user friendly skirting.
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