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I am 17 years old and I just got this car. I scratched it as you can see in the picture below.
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No, I’m not a bad driver and that hopefully will never happen again. It was a mistake – my friend was sick and I had to turn around quickly so she wouldn’t throw up in my car.
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The edge really doesn’t look that bad. The main risk would be from driving conditions that could push the serrated edge into the tire. Even if that happened, I doubt it would cause a blowout, although it could shorten the life of the tire.
I can’t tell if there is any damage to the sidewall of the tire itself from your photo – I would poke around the surrounding part of the tire and check for any deep gouges and punctures that might cause concern.
The next thing you need to do is read the terms of your lease, and determine what your responsibilities are. Sh*t happens, and this is factored into the leasing company’s calculations. You won’t lose your license or get thrown in jail for it. I also doubt that would be a reason for them to terminate the lease.
You can try to fix it yourself, but unless you are very good with this sort of thing, it will be obvious when you return the car and they do their inspection. They will be more offended by the deception than the actual harm.
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That said, I doubt anyone would expect the entire wheel to be replaced, and in fact it could cost you more if you go out and buy a new wheel rather than doing whatever the leasing company wants to do.
Don’t waste your money on this repair, it’s cosmetic, but until your lease is almost up, you don’t have to worry about damage. My advice is to put the actual cash aside, call the Mazda lease body. when your lease is 3 months from the end, ask them to inspect the car for damages and never mention this story again. Chances are: they won’t notice this little thing. P.S. wash off paint vomit asp. or it will cause damage that the rental company will claim! edit* P.P.S Many new car customers get some type of “wheel protection/warranty/warranty” DON’T SAY IT WAS A SIDEWALK THAT DID THIS…(pothole!) and they’d give you a new tire too!
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Aluminum is used to make all kinds of everyday items from cars and wheels to refrigerators and batteries. It can be polished to make it very shiny, even mirror-like, and is a cheaper alternative to stainless steel and chrome. If you want to remove scratches from something like an aluminum refrigerator, stove, mug, car wheel, bicycle part, chair or any other piece of aluminum, try polishing them. As long as the aluminum doesn’t have too deep gouges and dimples, you can polish off the scrapes and scratches with a few basic supplies and a little elbow grease!
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