Dealers are notoriously expensive when it comes to any kind of automotive part. If you’re thinking of customizing the look of your wheels but don’t want to pay the high price at the dealership, why not consider aftermarket wheels? In addition to saving money, you’ll find that you have a much greater selection of styles, colors and finishes. In this guide we’ll give you some information about purchasing aftermarket wheels, what you can expect as far as pricing and the pros and cons of buying used aftermarket wheels.
Saving Money with Cheap Aftermarket Wheels
By deciding to purchase aftermarket products, you’ve already made a good financial decision. Next you’ll want to decide how cheap you want to go. As with most things, when it comes to wheels, you get what you pay for. Your best bet to save money is checking out eBay, as there’s a bunch out there and a great way to save money.
Before making any final decision be sure to do some homework on the brand and reputation of the manufacturer. Saving some money doesn’t do you any good if in a few month’s time the finish is fading or the wheels crack. For best results:
- Only buy brands that offer a warranty. Most decent brands offer at least a 1 year warranty against finish defects and structural problems. Most warranties need to be registered in order to be valid, so be sure to register as soon as you purchase your wheels.
- Ask at least 3 custom body shops which brands they’d recommend and do your research from there. It can also be helpful to read product reviews from other consumers.
- Look for wheel and tire packages – often this is a great way to get both at a good discount.
Aftermarket Wheels – Styles and Prices
No matter what your wheel preference, chances are you can find it in the aftermarket when looking for the best custom auto wheels for the money. There are literally hundreds of stock styles and if that isn’t enough you can even order custom wheels for your car, SUV or truck. Your imagination is the only limitation. In a recent survey of internet offerings, this is what we found in terms of prices you can expect:
- Silver Kyowa Racing Wheels – $288 with free shipping
- 17″ Mamba Ford F150 and Grand Cherokee wheels – $720 plus tax and shipping
- ALT Wheels have a variety of sizes and styles ranging from $250 to $450
If you buy online be sure to read the fine print. Many wheels come without lug nuts. Also, find out in advance how much having them mounted will cost you. Sometimes local dealers are willing to cut you a deal if you buy the wheels through them – making it a wash on buying locally vs. online.
Pros and Cons of Used Aftermarket Wheels
If you are on a budget, it’s certainly tempting to invest in used wheels. For the most part, there’s nothing wrong with doing so, provided you’re aware of the drawbacks. Here are some pros and cons:
- Pros – When you buy used wheels you’ll pay less than you would for new wheels. Often you can find wheels in nearly new condition. Check out wheels on eBay, you can expect to find aftermarket wheels for as little as $200.
- Cons – Most often, the manufacturer’s warranty is to the original purchaser, therefore you will not have a valid warranty should there be a defect. If you buy used wheels, plan on installing them yourself or find a shop in advance that is willing to install and balance used wheels as many won’t.
As you can see, there are some tremendous benefits to purchasing wheels once you’ve driven your vehicle off the dealer’s lot. if you want to make a unique statement, and do so without breaking the bank, take a look at all the aftermarket options out there.