Thankfully, there was no damage to the front suspension (phew), but the nearside front alloy had been buckled by the impact, which in turn had damaged the tyre. So that’s what was causing the shudder.
The technician’s prescription? A new alloy would have to be sourced, as well as a new tyre, and a wheel alignment would have to be performed. No drama. Then our man continued down to the nearside rear wheel, which had suffered the same fate as the front.
So that meant we were now looking at two new wheels, two new tyres and wheel alignments all round. It was quickly becoming apparent that this wasn’t going to be a cheap job.
A follow-up phone call to GWR Kia also revealed that we’d be without our Stinger for about a week, too, because there was an issue sourcing replacements for the Kia’s ContiSport Contact 5 tyres. A courtesy car was still out of the picture, but one would be available after the weekend.
By the following Wednesday, that courtesy car was there waiting for us, but another phone call later that day also revealed that the Stinger was, in fact, ready to be collected. Joy of joys. So it was back to GWR on Friday (we’re an organised bunch, honest) to collect the Stinger and discover the cost.
Now, although the Stinger is covered by Kia’s excellent seven-year warranty, that obviously doesn’t cover damage caused by potholes. The subsequent bill read: nearside front alloy, £442.14; nearside rear alloy, £649.94; wheel alignment, £120; wheel fitting, £36 per wheel. A grand total of £1284.08. Yikes.
We could have saved a substantial amount of money by having the wheels refurbished rather than replaced. Our technician thought that was the way to go and it would have cost around £70 per wheel. But given we want to test the Stinger in as good a condition as possible (and our snappers want cars with shiny, tidy wheels), we opted for the full work.
Overall, the service went without a hitch. A loan car might have been nice, but that’s our only complaint. Let’s just hope we avoid any further interactions with potholes.
COOL SEATS With the weather starting to get warmer, ventilated seats are hard to go without. Good thing the Kia’s got them.
CHIME TIME The irritating welcome chime has returned. Looks like we’ll have to delve into the sub-menus to switch it off yet again.