I remember going to get a car tyre puncture repair and being shocked at how much it cost. So I asked some friends how much they’d expect to pay if they got a car tyre puncture.
I couldn’t believe what they said.
The range of prices they gave me was ridiculous and much, much higher than I actually paid to get my tyre puncture fixed.
So I asked them, where would they go to get their repair done.
As soon as I heard their answers I knew why they thought it would be so much.
Most of them said they’d go to Kwik Fit, some said Halfords or something like that. While the others. And I really couldn’t believe this:
Two of them said they’d go to the dealer where they bought the car.
That’s why I did this article. I wanted to try and give people a better idea of how much they should pay. And if you read the many comments below you’ll learn a few things more.
The shocking fact is – most people have no idea about tyres or what a puncture repair costs or what a fair price would be for a repair. And so they get robbed blind.
You know what it’s like? It’s a bit like when people go to get their car serviced or repaired. Most people are so busy they just go to their nearest garage.
The mechanic then gives them a price and this is the bit I don’t understand. Many of them just accept it without shopping around at other garages to see what price they would charge.
And doesn’t the exact thing happen when getting a car tyre puncture fixed?
You’re too busy to look for a good tyre fitter, so you go to the nearest place and that often means going to one of the national companies like Halfords Autocentres, Kwik Fit or to a main dealer.
Most People Are Overcharged For Car Tyre Puncture Repairs
Please don’t become one of those people who get regularly overcharged for tyre repairs.
Now I actually only paid £8 earlier this year (2011) for my puncture repair and I didn’t think that was cheap because a couple of years earlier I’d only paid a fiver. UPDATE: in 2014 in another area it cost me £15.
The highest guess from one of my friends was, £80! And all the other prices were from £30 upwards.
Can you believe that?
When my friends heard how much I paid they started saying things like:
“It couldn’t be a good quality repair.”
“It must be from a dodgy place.”
“The place had charged me the wrong amount etc, etc.”
But what this showed me was how little most people know about the cost of getting basic car repairs.
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OK Let’s Get Back Into This
Do you know what one of the most important things to have in your car is?
Well unless you’re a very unlucky person, when you get a car tyre puncture it’s often a slow puncture.
That’s means one of the most important things you should have in your car is a foot pump with a pressure gauge. You can find a very good one here.
You see if you have a slow puncture and you’ve got a foot pump you can simply pump up the tyre and the tyre will be OK for a few days. This gives you plenty of time to shop around to find the best place to get it fixed.
Fixing A Puncture Is Easy
Getting a car tyre puncture repair is about as basic as it comes and everyone should have an idea of how little it costs and how quickly it can be done.
The whole process of the fitter finding and fixing the puncture takes under 10 minutes and unless you’ve been driving on your rims, there shouldn’t be anything wrong with the wheel.
All you literally do is drive up, ask how much it would cost, give them the wheel locking nut and they jack the car up to take off the wheel.
Once off they take the tyre off, put it into some water to find the puncture, put a patch over the hole and put it all back again. It couldn’t be any easier.
Did You Know It Was That Easy?
If you knew it was that quick and that easy would you expect to pay £80 or even £30?
So the take away with this is.
If you find you need a car tyre puncture repaired go to one of the independent tyre fitters.
They may not look like much and they’re not going to sit you down and offer you a cup of coffee.
But 10 minutes later you’ll be driving out, puncture fixed with a perfectly good tyre repair and all for a lot less than £80.
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See The 20+ Comments Below
Read all the comments below there are some very interesting points made. Then let’s hear what you have to say.
So would you go to an independent tyre fitter or would you only use car dealers or companies like Kwik Fit and Halfords Autocentres? Have your say in the comments below.
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