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Alloys, are they worth it?

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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
I have recently just purchased my first car :D peugeot 306 1.8L Lx and it is in mint condition and low mileage. Now, i am no boy racer, but i do like cars to have a certain aura about them and i think the car i currently have needs some nice big alloys! The question is though is this a waste of money? should looks really mater when it comes to a car?!!!!

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6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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banned#1
306/aura ?
#2
Will it affect your insurance?
#3
bigger,wider wheels are safer gripthe road better especially if you take a bend to fast

but hell of a lot more expensive when it comes to replacement tyres
#4
I put alloys on my car that I had a few years ago. While they made the car look a lot better they were also a lot heavier than the "standard" manufacturer wheels and resulted in the car using about 20% more fuel. On the more positive note they provided a much smoother driving experience and better traction in all weathers when decent tyres were fitted. Something it didnt do as well with the standard wheels.

:thumbsup:
#5
first find out from insurance how much extra it will cost on the premium and yes alloys are worth it if the rest of the car looks good and not some rust buckets that you see with just some new shiny wheels on it
#6
anything bigger than 17" on a 306 would look awful.
If you feel good about having them...then go ahead.
banned#7
I have 17" wolfrace octane on my car look great, any alloys under 18" looks good,

You don't need to declare alloys to the insurance

Only perfomance enhancing modifications( lowering your car, chipping it , engine swap )
#8
a car is to drive you from a to b not to look pretty. get a dog and dress that up instead:w00t:
banned#9
dj_urban;8065439
I have 17" wolfrace octane on my car look great, any alloys under 18" looks good,

You don't need to declare alloys to the insurance

Only perfomance enhancing modifications( lowering your car, chipping it , engine swap )

Insurance companies will look for any aspect of your car thats changed to prevent a payout. Changing wheels from the basic ones is most definitely one of these aspects. Check your policy and you'll find this somewhere.

e.g. Tescos Insurance

Modifications
Modifications are features added to your car after it was built, even if the manufacturer has made the changes for you. These can include spoilers, air scoops, alloy wheels and others. It's worth knowing that modifications will most likely increase your insurance premium.
#10
My car looks silly without it's alloys. I've seen lower spec models without them or the tinted windows and they just look daft. I love my car. Shame it's so incredibly hungry.
#11
dj_urban
I have 17" wolfrace octane on my car look great, any alloys under 18" looks good,

You don't need to declare alloys to the insurance

Only perfomance enhancing modifications( lowering your car, chipping it , engine swap )


See what you are saying but I would have thought decent rims make a car more nickable thus increasing your premium. Handling would also change.

Insurance companies will do everything to wriggle out of a claim.

csiman seems to concur, maybe you need to check your insurance small print
#12
Wouldn't bother with alloys on a 306 of that spec.
#13
The right alloys can signicantly improve the overall looks of a car, the wrong ones however can make them look a right chavmobile.
#14
toshapetriji
306/aura ?


Aura as in atmoshpere, impression :D not the car make lol
#15
It's your 1st car, it's not the best (as in 99% of all 1st cars), and you have the natural urge to make it look nicer.

I would refrain from getting alloys if possible, as you will no doubt kerb them anyway, you wont get anything back for them when you sell the car (which will no doubt be within the next 18 months), your insurance will increase (modified car - and its probably already expensive being an inexperienced driver), your acceleration will decrease (you dont really want less acceleration on your car, as it probably wouldn't pull you out of bed as it is) and you dont want to increase the chances some little chav will nick your motor (older car & easier to break into than the newer ones).

On the other hand, it's actually cheaper for me to buy a new set of alloy wheels with tyres, than just buying the tyres by themselves !!!!
banned#16
Adam2050;8065560
Wouldn't bother with alloys on a 306 of that spec.

neither would I! :thumbsup:
#17
[QUOTE=greg_68]See what you are saying but I would have thought decent rims make a car more nickable thus increasing your premium. Handling would also change.

That is a very good point! Didnt even think about thatr factor :thumbsup:
#18
Penny Saver
My car looks silly without it's alloys. I've seen lower spec models without them or the tinted windows and they just look daft. I love my car. Shame it's so incredibly hungry.


Lol what car do you have?
#19
My small print says performance or appearance enhancing mods need to be declared, but not if it was an optional extra at time of purchase and installed by the dealer/factory. Apparently the LPG conversion needs declaring too, though that neither improves performance or appearance...
#20
ChrisUK
It's your 1st car, it's not the best (as in 99% of all 1st cars), and you have the natural urge to make it look nicer.

I would refrain from getting alloys if possible, as you will no doubt kerb them anyway, you wont get anything back for them when you sell the car (which will no doubt be within the next 18 months), your insurance will increase (modified car - and its probably already expensive being an inexperienced driver), your acceleration will decrease (you dont really want less acceleration on your car, as it probably wouldn't pull you out of bed as it is) and you dont want to increase the chances some little chav will nick your motor (older car & easier to break into than the newer ones).

On the other hand, it's actually cheaper for me to buy a new set of alloy wheels with tyres, than just buying the tyres by themselves !!!!


The sentence at the bottom is what i was thinking, maybe wait until i do actually need a new tyre or something then just replace them all with nice alloys :/ decisions decisions!!!
#21
Ciccio
Lol what car do you have?


It's a Ford Galaxy Ghia 2.8l V6 (cough splutter). I've three kids in carseats, and couldn't find a diesel model near me... I've seen some older ones about but they look really silly without the blacked out windows in the back... and the alloys - normal wheels on a car this size look like they can't bear the weight.
#22
Penny Saver
It's a Ford Galaxy Ghia 2.8l V6 (cough splutter). I've three kids in carseats, and couldn't find a diesel model near me... I've seen some older ones about but they look really silly without the blacked out windows in the back... and the alloys - normal wheels on a car this size look like they can't bear the weight.


I remember this thread about you buying this Galaxy, how are you getting on, do you regret it? Why has your ghia not got alloys?
banned#23
csiman
Insurance companies will look for any aspect of your car thats changed to prevent a payout. Changing wheels from the basic ones is most definitely one of these aspects. Check your policy and you'll find this somewhere.

e.g. Tescos Insurance

Modifications
Modifications are features added to your car after it was built, even if the manufacturer has made the changes for you. These can include spoilers, air scoops, alloy wheels and others. It's worth knowing that modifications will most likely increase your insurance premium.


Alot of insurance companys have a different policy regarding alloys some that you don't need to declare to some you do it is. Two way thing.
#24
greg_68
I remember this thread about you buying this Galaxy, how are you getting on, do you regret it? Why has your ghia not got alloys?


No - not yet. It's hungry yes - but we knew it would be. It's a beautiful car. Handles really nicely and I can get all the kids/dog/grandma/husband/spare single bed in the back without any problems at all. Am looking out for a roofbox though, for when we go on holiday. I'm averaging 21.8mpg on the school run (which I am quite impressed by (despite my lovely old punto getting in excess of 50mpg)) and it can rise to over 30mpg on a long trek. I've not done a super long trek yet, but am hopeful of figures even higher. It's an auto too, so I don't think I'll be able to go back to proper driving again. It's so lovely.

PS: It has got alloys, sorry for confusion, I meant that I've seen them without and they look daft.
banned#25
dj_urban;8065643
Alot of insurance companys have a different policy regarding alloys some that you don't need to declare to some you do it is. Two way thing.

then you shouldnt give misleading statements as facts. Could of got the OP in difficulties in the event of any future claim if they changed wheels and took your advice.

"You don't need to declare alloys to the insurance"
#26
Penny Saver
No - not yet. It's hungry yes - but we knew it would be. It's a beautiful car. Handles really nicely and I can get all the kids/dog/grandma/husband/spare single bed in the back without any problems at all. Am looking out for a roofbox though, for when we go on holiday. I'm averaging 21.8mpg on the school run (which I am quite impressed by (despite my lovely old punto getting in excess of 50mpg)) and it can rise to over 30mpg on a long trek. I've not done a super long trek yet, but am hopeful of figures even higher. It's an auto too, so I don't think I'll be able to go back to proper driving again. It's so lovely.

PS: It has got alloys, sorry for confusion, I meant that I've seen them without and they look daft.


Confusion avoided :-D

Well for a first car i thought i wanted something a bit powerful but not too mcuh to handle. Had to medium size car, 5 door as partner expecting. So ended up with the 306 1.8L. Its petrol and its R reg which had only clocked 25,000!! I checked MOTs as its 98 reg plate but its all there on paper. Appreantly an old chap had it and only took it to go shops, got it for just over £1000 and its in mint condition so was pleased :) insurance cost me more than bloody car!!!!
#27
csiman
then you shouldnt give misleading statements as facts. Could of got the OP in difficulties in the event of any future claim if they changed wheels and took your advice.

"You don't need to declare alloys to the insurance"


So check my policy before i go any further with the idea? see what it states and if it isnt classed as a modidication then it may not be too bad?
#28
Ciccio
So check my policy before i go any further with the idea? see what it states and if it isnt classed as a modidication then it may not be too bad?


I'd ring them, if it is a mod they maybe able to tell you how much your premium will go up by too. This maybe a deciding factor in your plans.
#29
greg_68
I'd ring them, if it is a mod they maybe able to tell you how much your premium will go up by too. This maybe a deciding factor in your plans.


Shall give them a tinkle :)
#30
U can get really nice peugot alloys and put them on. Then they are original and if the insurance is needed you can say they came on the car. The GTi-6 alloys are really nice.
#32


Nicely done, do you have some bad boys on yours? :D
#33
popnfresh83
U can get really nice peugot alloys and put them on. Then they are original and if the insurance is needed you can say they came on the car. The GTi-6 alloys are really nice.


Your right they certianly are!! Bet they cost a bit though :P grr such a decision, i know that i wont get the money back for them when i change cars that has such a big implication :/ i could always but another 306 :D !!!!
#34
Ciccio
Your right they certianly are!! Bet they cost a bit though :P grr such a decision, i know that i wont get the money back for them when i change cars that has such a big implication :/ i could always but another 306 :D !!!!


You should be able to find a set not too badly priced on ebay, just keep an eye out!

Just keep your small ones and when you do sell the car put them back on and sell the new alloys seperately. Thats what i'm going to do! I'm selling the ones from my last car too,
They are 17" white Pro-race 1.2 Really racy! Will fit your car if your interested?!

I bought a set of 4 18" Seat alloys for mine to replace the standard 16" ones. I got them off ebay, all 4 posted for less than one new!
banned#35
Alloys don't look right on some cars.
#36
Ciccio;8066697
Nicely done, do you have some bad boys on yours? :D


lol, I've got 19's on mine, Freelander 2 HSE
#37
ChrisUK
lol, I've got 19's on mine, Freelander 2 HSE


Ha awesome, what colour you got it in? please dont say that gold! they made 200 of those in gold and 113 had to be recalled :-D
#38
popnfresh83
You should be able to find a set not too badly priced on ebay, just keep an eye out!

Just keep your small ones and when you do sell the car put them back on and sell the new alloys seperately. Thats what i'm going to do! I'm selling the ones from my last car too,
They are 17" white Pro-race 1.2 Really racy! Will fit your car if your interested?!

I bought a set of 4 18" Seat alloys for mine to replace the standard 16" ones. I got them off ebay, all 4 posted for less than one new!


Sweet, what you driving? they are smoking hot to be honest. Would look decent on my 306, want to sell? :-D as in serious sell?

Good idea on selling them seperately and keeping the other 4!! Top Idea!!!!
#39
Ciccio
Ha awesome, what colour you got it in? please dont say that gold! they made 200 of those in gold and 113 had to be recalled :-D


Really ? Mine is Tambora Flame (burnt orange colour).
#40
Ciccio
Sweet, what you driving? they are smoking hot to be honest. Would look decent on my 306, want to sell? :-D as in serious sell?

Good idea on selling them seperately and keeping the other 4!! Top Idea!!!!


I have an 06 leon 2.0TDI 140bhp, ive lowered it on eibach springs, have the 18" BBS/seat alloys. I bought the cupra bumpers, grill and black mirror caps. I love it!

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