On a blog like this you expect to learn about tires, tires, and more tires. Of course, once you have the best tires you could find on your car, you may realize that your wheels look a bit worn and tired. If this is the case, it’s probably time to buy new wheels, which can be an intimidating experience if you’re doing it for the first time.
Start by figuring out what size wheels will fit your vehicle. The wrong size can cause lots of problems, from uneven tire wear to destroying the alignment of your vehicle. There are three ways to find out the right wheel size. The easiest is to do some research online. Your car manufacturer and some tire sites should offer a way to type in the make, model, and year of your vehicle to see what size wheels you need. You can also take your car into a tire shop and they will know what size you need. If you want to do it yourself, you can find instructions online that tell you how to accurately measure the wheel diameter, offset, centerbore measurement, X-factor, and bolt pattern and circle. Such guides will also tell you where to locate the load capacity and gross vehicles weight rating (GVWR).
Armed with accurate measurements, you’re ready to start shopping.
Research is important, especially if you want to find a good price. Check consumer sites to get reviews of wheels, including safety, performance, and to find out if there are any recalls or problems with specific wheels. Next, look at the different materials, styles, and decorative elements available on wheels today. To get an idea of just some of what’s available, go here.
When you’ve narrowed down the brand and style of wheels you want, look around for the best deal. Remember that buying wheels online means you still need to put them on your car. If you don’t have the right equipment, you’ll have to take the wheels to a local shop and pay to have them installed. Local retailers will usually install any wheels that they sell you.
With a little bit of legwork (or keyboard work), you should be able to locate and purchase new wheels for your car in next to no time.