Cheers for the thoughts and opinions chaps. Now, to answer the questions that have been asked!...
It is a Clio II facelift version, the one before the current shape. Basically, the one Renault are still shifting but have now called it a Clio 'Campus'. Its a 15 inch alloy so finding them on ebay amidst all the 172 sport wheels is a pain. The ones I have found on there really have seen better days. I have seen those £250 wheel only packages and they are tempting though...
Silverclaws - how did I bend it. Well, it was when we had the last bout of snowy weather and I was, shall we say 'playing' with the handbrake and I might have inadvertantly introduced the wheel to the kerb square on. Totally silly thing to do, but I clearly couldnt resist at the time.
Magsy, I have every faith that the people doing it know what they are doing. Its a firm that specialise in plant machinery but also do cars. The lad that works there is a Clio fanboy (has two, heavily modified) and is also Renault trained as he worked for them for some time. The buckle in a wheel only needs to be small to take out bearings. A small variance at prolonged speeds puts a lot of vibraitons through the bearings. So I am told anyway, and it made sense to me.
s_zigmond - no, its not one of those. Although the last one is the newer version for the recent Clios. Good find if anyone else needs an OEM replacement
KDM, the spare is a steely. I could run the steely until a straight alloy turns up, but the bearing is shot so may as well at least have matching wheels until I get both bearing and wheel replaced. I dont have a picture to hand of mine, there isnt any visible damage anyway as its not really noticable to the naked eye. It is one of these though, running a 185/55/15 tyre:
xerxes - its a back wheel that is buckled. Definitley buckled as it has been picked up by an independent garage and also at the MOT. Not enough to fail, but evidently enough to destroy a new bearing in a little over 6 months. It was on the front but was moved to the back for reasons I forget now.
jimo746 - not got a picture, the wheel looks fine to look at other than a few little kerb scrapes, but they werent related to the buckling incident. Quote is from an online alloy wheel specialist. Its also a start price depending on the job:
http://www.premierwheelrepairs.com/?gcl ... fAodKnkAAw
These are an example, there are others too. They seem very confident of their work so it seems like the better option. Repair is cheaper than replacement by a reasonable whack, so its whats causing me to mull over the options.
I think thats covered everyone, sorry to ramble on!