Several years ago, I hit a monstrous pothole on Dempster that completely wrecked my right front tire and which bent the rim on the wheel. (This would not have been nearly
so annoying had I not warned catalana
earlier that very day to look out for the potholes on Dempster.) Unfortunately, it was an alloy wheel and the tire shop informed me that there was nothing that could be done about it. The wheel was
sound enough that the tire would hold air -- usually! -- but periodically there would be another leak and I'd have to get it remounted and more sealant sprayed in.
When I got the last oil change at our local Meineke, I asked the guys there if we could find a replacement wheel that they could put on. And they directed me to Wheels America.
Rather than buying a new wheel, they were able to repair it and eliminate the ding. I had to get the tire taken off at Meineke and take the wheel over for repair myself, but the next day, I got the wheel back, took it back to Meineke, and things appear to be as good as new. With any luck, those annoying leaks will be a thing of the past.
Total cost: about $130 to Wheels America and about $33 to Meineke.
I can work with that. :)