There's a good reason Kwik-fit won't fix it, it's because its not safe. The strength of the tyre is in that area, and a hole in it makes it weak. Is it really worth saving Â£100 when you could get a blow out at 70+ on the motorway?
No right minded tyre fitter will repair a puncture if it is within 75mm of the edge of a tyre.not because it has gone through a set of steel bands, but because it may have gone through 2 (1 set in the face of the tyre and 1 set in the side wall) depending on angle of entry
Sorry bud but you'll have to bite the bullet and buy new
Not only is a fix near or on the sidewall not safe, it is illegal.
Chances are you'll not find anyone who will carry out a repair outside of the "safe" repair area... and if you do find a back street outfit who will do it for a back hander, they'll have "no knowledge or records" of any such repair when you have a blowout & try to make a claim.
Unfortunately, you'll have to do the same as the rest of us & buy a new tyre.
Also, for reference, some garages will refuse to do ANY repairs on W, Y & Z rated tyres, as the speed rating will have been affected and cannot be guaranteed. The regulations state that on high performance (V, W, Y & Z rated tyres) only ONE repair is permitted.
Sadly, we live in health & safety madness with an ever increasing suing culture, and companies are not out to do "favours" any more - it's all about "a*se covering".
Repairs are carried out in accordance with BS AU 159f & NDTA regulations. The last revision to the regs was in 1997 I believe.
Most tyre shops online, National Tyres, E-Tyres, Pneus, Kwik-Fit, ATS and so on all state the sidewall is not repairable.
On the National Tyres website it states that on tyres with a speed rating of V or above, only one repair is permitted.
I had a blow out after only a few months of picking up my LCR, and my mate (who owns a tyre fitting centre) refused to repair it because a) it was a Y rated tyre and the speed rating couldn't be guaranteed, b) it was too close to the sidewall and c) because I'd driven a short distance with the tyre flat, the sidewall structure had been crushed.
As far as links to laws & regulations go, I had a look abd on most sites you have to pay for the information
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