During my Alfa 166 ownership period I lost three wheels and a few low profile tyres to pot hole damage.
When I bought my first A5 fitted with 19's and ultra low profile tyres I decided to search for a set of 17 inch wheels, shod in winter tyres. I found a full set for £350, with almost new tyres, and have run those wheels on both the old car and the current car for the last three years.
So impressed was I with how the super thick sidewalls eat up the holes in the road, and the levels of winter grip, that I did the same on Mrs BB's TT too.
Coupé 20VT - A5 Coupe - TT roadster