Car and SUV owners looking to upgrade their vehicles typically want better driving performance, enhanced appearance or both. Luckily, installing a new set of wheels and tires can quickly transform the look and feel of your ride, giving you the upgrade of your dreams. With that said, a poor upgrade can have a negative impact on your vehicle and, in some cases, cause irreparable damage to your car, so it’s important to understand what you’re getting into. To help you understand the basics of buying new wheels for your car and SUV, we have put together a set of frequently asked questions about wheels and tires.
1. What Should I Look For When Buying New Wheels?
Before jumping into the nitty gritty details of wheels and tires, you should first think about your car’s appearance. Are you picturing a set of shiny silver-tinted wheels? Or perhaps a dark matte black set with custom detailing on the side? Maybe even a pop of colour with a bright red set of wheels! The choices are endless when it comes to installing aftermarket wheels for your vehicle. Once you have found the perfect design for your wheels, you can then narrow down the type of wheels and manufacturing style you want.
2. What Are The Different Materials Used In Rims And Wheels?
Generally, the most common types of materials used in wheels are aluminum and steel. Most car owners opt for aluminum wheels as they come in a wide variety of designs and are significantly lightweight. With aluminum wheels, you have more freedom to customize them as you please. Steel wheels are more popular with car owners looking for utility over style as they’re engineered to withstand a lot of abuse and can provide a smooth drive even under the worst weather conditions. Deciding on aluminum or steel wheels will heavily depend on whether you’re looking for style or performance.
3. How Do I Know If I Need New Tires?
A common misconception about purchasing new wheels is that one must change their tires. More often than not, you would not need to change your tires when buying new wheels unless you’re increasing the size of your wheels or your tires are worn out. If you’re not opting for a larger diameter wheel but are unsure whether your tires need an upgrade or not, you can do the old-school toonie test. You’ll place the outside edge of a toonie into your tire’s tread; if the tread reaches about halfway into the letters, you should replace your tires right away. If the tread reaches across the silver, your tires are about 50% worn, which indicates that you should pay close attention to when the next upgrade should be.
4. What Wheels Will Fit My Car?
The best way to determine if the wheels of your dream will fit your car or SUV is to talk to our fitment experts at Canada Custom Autoworks. Our team will inspect your car and help you choose the right wheels for your vehicle. We also carry an extensive inventory of all types of custom wheels, including high-quality brands like Asanti, Lexani, Niche Rotiform and Vossen! We also carry Foose, Us Mags, American Racing and white wall tires for those looking to restore their classic rides or customize their muscle cars. At Canada Custom Autoworks, we will help you find the wheels of your dreams!
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Canada Custom Autoworks specializes in American muscle, tune cars, high offset wheels, concave wheels, winter rim and tire combos and more! Our team of experts is available across Canada to help you find the wheels for your car or SUV. We work tirelessly with our customers to ensure they get the biggest value for their dollar. If you have a specific set in mind, visit our tire shop or contact us for more details! You can also check out our gallery for inspiration!