Pothole vs 500e - what is the cost of a wheel

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    Pothole vs 500e - what is the cost of a wheel

    A couple of weeks ago I hit a big pothole here in Portland. It was over a slight crest at an intersection and I just plain didn't see it. Nail the pot hole and the tire immediately went flat and I had to have it towed back home. This happened a couple of days before I left on vacation for a couple of weeks so that was great.

    Now, I am about the undertake the unthinkable and, some say, impossible task of getting the city to pay for the tow and damage. I know what everyone is thinking but I'll give it a try.

    I know the cost of the tow and the cost of the tire but I'm having a tough time finding the cost of a new, stock e-sport wheel. I want to get this just in case the wheel is bent or cracked and needs to be replaced. Does anyone know where I can find this price? I suppose I could go to the dealer parts department but I try to avoid them as much as possible.

    Thanks a bunch and here's a couple of pics of the culprit and damage.




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    You may want to evaluate the damage to your wheel before shopping for a new one.
    Steel wheels can take a lot of abuse/bending, and are cheaply fixed...well under $100 for substantial damage.

    Here's a replacement refurb:
    http://www.partsgeek.com/gbproducts/...ad=47433948252
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    Oh, I know they can be fixed cheaply. I had all four wheels on my wife's GTI straightened and refinished for much cheaper than buying new ones and they look perfect. I'm mainly looking for the cost to submit to the city if the wheel is actually bent. If, by some miracle, the city does pay for damages I'll have the wheel fixed rather than replaced and wanted to have the worst case cost documented.

    Thanks for the link. That's a similar one that I found but it's for the standard 500e wheel. I'm curious if the e-sport wheels are more.

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    500 madness, used take off 500e wheel.

    http://shop.500madness.com/fiat-500e...ke-off-pid3426

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    Thanks smark! Looks like they are about the same price.

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    I had a similar situation here in Dallas, took out two tires, nicked three wheels and put my alignment out of whack.
    I did a little digging, and while the city has a hotline to report such damage, the city has never, ever paid out a damage claim.

    So I figured a new arrival from CA complaining about Dallas roads and the damage they caused to his electric clown car wouldn't have much luck either
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    The front and rear wheels of the 500e have different widths. Front 5.5", rear 6.5".

    Quote Originally Posted by robbobster View Post
    That's a rear wheel (6.5" width).

    Quote Originally Posted by smark View Post
    500 madness, used take off 500e wheel.

    http://shop.500madness.com/fiat-500e...ke-off-pid3426
    It doesn't say front or rear, or the size.

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    I know of one person who is awaiting a check. I heard that good documentation was the key... Good luck! There was one pothole in the Cascade Station area (near the Airport) that was 4.5" deep (not kidding)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by multiair View Post
    I know of one person who is awaiting a check. I heard that good documentation was the key... Good luck! There was one pothole in the Cascade Station area (near the Airport) that was 4.5" deep (not kidding)!
    I heard about that one. This one was about the same depth but kind of narrow. I took a bunch of pictures and found the pothole on the cities "reported" map. It was reported back in January so that covers the 1 week grace period the city has to fix it without paying for damages. It all looks good for me but I'm still not going to hold my breath when dealing with the city.

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    Where was the pothole? Portland potholes are out of control. I have a nice "snake bite" on my tire from hitting a pothole at 60mph on I5 south near the Moda center. Luckily it didnt blow..yet.

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