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Changing tyres without damaging alloys

Question is, do any tyre fitting centres guarantee they won't damage your alloys when removing old and fitting new tyres ?
I went to a local company last Friday that does some work for my employer and asked if the alloys would remain undamaged and they couldn't confirm they would, saying its possible the alloys could be scratched on the initial breaking of the tyre bead..
Now I don't buy this, maybe I need to find a more professional tyre fitter but what are your experiences ?
The alloys are currently in excellent condition btw
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You could get them fitted by an outfit that refurbishes wheels, they should understand, or an independent Alfa specialist.
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On some low profile, very stiff tyres I have seen the actual tyre itself chip paint off wheels as it is coming off, especially repainted wheels where quite often it isn't keyed to the metal as well as a factory finish. There isn't much you can do about that. Wheels being damaged by tyre levers is bad technique.
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Go to a place with a touch less machine. I use one local to me called black boots in chesham .
Used them countless times without problems. The machine lifts the bead off the rim without any contact with the rim. Fantastic kit I would not take my wheels anywhere else.
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It is just a village tyre fitting garage, so maybe they don't have the best equipment or expertise.
There are some other garages I can try, might see if they have one of these 'touch less machines'.
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If the alloys are in good condition, take pictures of them as you drive in, tell the fitting garage why.

Then any damage caused is their responsibility to put right.

A friend of mine had the alloys on his Leon Cupra damaged around the edge of the rim by a national chain.

They used the 'it was like that when you brought it in' line. He then showed them a set of pics with the day's paper on the floor next to each and proved the damage was not there when he drove in. The garage paid for a local area refurbishment on the damage.

Don't accept that a garage might damage them, that isn't okay. It's like paying for a service and the garage saying the mechanic 'may' take a dump on the drivers seat.

Well don't!

And if you do, be darned sure you are willing to clear it up!
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My father a couple of years back got two new front tyres, the wheel got scratched they pointed it out and got it refurbed but said it wasn't a perfect match so then ordered him a new wheel.

This was completely off their own backs, without any prompting. It goes to show one doesn't always want to choose your garage solely by price, but by quality of service, although saying that it's not always the most expensive garages who are the best. I imagine the way in which we tend to shop around for tyres make the margins very low.

I'm guessing if a alloy is refurbed with the tyre on there it will have an edge to the finish which could lift with a new tyre being fitted?

A non refurbed one or one that's been done like new should surely have any damage done by the fitter corrected by them?
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