Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls
  1. Home
  2. Articles
  3. How to Buy Good Quality Rims

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

P0121 OBD-II Trouble Code: TPS "A" Circuit Range Performance Problem
P0121 code definition Throttle Pedal Position Sensor/Switch (TPS) A Circuit Range Performance Problem...
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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...


Related questions

Q: The rims become warm

Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 2010 Infiniti EX35. It is common for them to become warm as long as they are not extremely hot. If they are hot, then something is hanging up and needs to be adjusted...

Q: Added 2' wheel spacers and at 65+mph starts to wiggle steering wheel

Hello. The wheel spacers are what is causing this. Once you change the placement of the wheels like this, it changes the geometry of the suspension which causes it to act like this. If there are any worn out parts...

Q: Coil in car is weak

Hi there. I'm assuming you're talking about the coil spring. If your fender (or skirt) is rubbing against the tire due to suspension problems, the coil spring may be completely collapsed. Of course, many other failed components could cause this...