Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

How to Buy Good Quality Rims

Good Quality Rims

Keeping your vehicle wheeling along requires more than just tires – you also need rims; and not necessarily some super-slick shiny monster rims, either. The size of the wheels and the rims are important and relate directly to how the vehicle performs overall. The material of the wheels and rims is also correlated to how well the tires hold up on the road.

“Wheel” and “rim” are both terms that mean the metal base that attaches to the vehicle’s axle and is used to support the tire.

Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect type of rims for your vehicle:

  • Alloy wheels: Alloys are used for applications where you need speed and good looks, such as for racing vehicles. They are also relatively resistant to corrosion.

  • Chrome wheels: Chrome wheels need regular cleaning to maintain their luster and have a high polished shine.

  • Steel wheels: Steel wheels provide a lower cast ability than alloys, are not as light as some of the other metals and also generally have a lower center of gravity making them the heaviest and most durable option available. Steel wheels are great for snow or rugged terrains.

  • Spoke wheels: Spoke wheels, or wire wheels, are incredibly light while still providing a fair amount of support to the vehicle. These wheels are characterized by the additional time that they take to clean due to the spokes that you have to clean between.

  • Terrain: The terrain that you’re going to be driving in will make a huge difference – if you want to go off-roading, you’re almost certainly going to need steel wheels. However, if you’re racing, an alloy or spoke is what you want to go with.

  • Size: Measurements of tires are incredibly important, be sure you’re getting the right size rims for your vehicle or you will be making a quick return.

There are a wide variety of different rims – once you decide the different characteristics that you need, you can start narrowing down the hundreds of options.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
Icon-warranty_badge-02

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

More related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
P0222 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input
P0222 code definition Throttle/Pedal Position Switch/Sensor B Circuit Low Input What the P0222 code means The manufacturer specifies a range of acceptable voltage to be produced from the throttle position...
How to Buy Fuel Treatments
Adding a fuel additive to your gas tank when you fill up is one way to clean vital engine parts of deposits, improve the performance of your engine,...


Related questions

Q: Car noise, dashboard warnings on

One guess is that the problem could be a faulty wheel bearing(s). Bad wheel bearings often result in a rotational growling noise. The wheel bearing is integral to the hub assembly on your vehicle, which also houses the reluctor ring...

Q: What is Tire Camber?

When talking about your alignment, you may hear terms like camber, caster, or toe. These are all angles that are built into your suspension that affect the way that your vehicle drives, handles, and how the tires wear. Over time...

Q: Loud rough ride coming from the front of car.

Hey there, thanks for writing in to YourMechanic. There are many things this may be, ranging from front differential problems to an out of balance tire to bad wheel bearings. For an issue like this I would recommend having a...