7 Things to Know Before Buying New Car Rims

things to know before buying new car rims and wheels.

After thinking it over, you are ready to take the leap. You are ready to get yourself a cool new set of rims and wheels to make your car really shine. However, before you get yourself a new set of rims there are a few things that are essential to know. Luckily the rims and wheels experts at Audio Realm in San Diego can fill you in on all of the prerequisites knowledge you need to get started on purchasing a new set of rims. If you have any further questions or would like to request a quote on some new rims or wheels, contact Audio Realm by calling (619) 399-5295.

1. Take Note of Your Tire Size

Unless you also plan on buying a new set of tires along with your wheels, you want to make sure your new wheels fit your current tires. Take down the size, make, and model of your tires.  When you decide to make your purchase at a car rims shop, let the sales associate know the dimensions of your tires.

2. Examine Your Hubcap

Some cars have unique or unusual hubcaps, so it is important to examine your hubcap and write down the dimensions and model number. There are a variety of factors that will influence whether a hubcap will fit a set of wheels, including the diameter of the wheel, the lug bolt pattern, and the hub size.

3. Plus-Size Wheels vs. Standard Wheels

One very popular wheel style is plus-sizing your wheels. Plus-sizing is when you purchase new wheels that are larger than the stock wheels currently on your vehicle for a sleek and stylish look. Not only does it look great, but plus-sizing wheels also gives you more grip for hanging tight turns. However, the downside is that plus-sizing wheels can make for a bumpier ride.

4. Larger Wheels = Larger Bill

In general, the bigger the wheels get, the more expensive they are. Not only does this apply to wheels, but also tires, as large tires can be quite pricey. While your heart may be set on getting giant wheels for your car, make sure to take the potential bill into consideration.

5. Get the Quality You Deserve

While it is smart to keep in mind the price of the rims, you also don’t want to get rims that are too cheap. Cheap rims can crack, bend, or break, so while you save money initially you will end up spending all the money you saved to get a replacement wheel or rim.

6. Decide On Your Rim Finish

Once you know the general dimensions of the wheel you so desire, it is time to determine the finish of your rims. There are a variety of different colors and styles for wheels and rims, including rims that are black, gray, machined, milled, or chrome. Decide on the style that suits you best.

7. Talk With an Expert

No matter how much research and planning you do, it is still best to talk to an expert. They can answer any and all questions you may have about purchasing a new set of wheels, as well as provide valuable insight. They can suggest the rims and wheels that will best work for you.

Rims and Wheels Expert at Audio Realm in San Diego

At Audio Realm, our staff is incredibly experienced and knowledgeable about all things rims and wheels. We are eager to pass our knowledge along to our San Diego customers to help steer them in the right direction. If you are interested in learning more about what rims would be best for you or what we carry in stock, contact Audio Realm today. Give us a call at (619) 399-5295.