Need cheap rims for your car? It is now easy to find one. In the internet, there are plenty of websites that provide information about rims—different kind of cheap rims for your precious car or truck.
In just one click of the button, you can find and buy the rims that you want—in the lowest prices possible.
Having a car nowadays is not a luxury but a need. Since you need to travel everyday for work, having your own wheels, of course, will provide you the comfort that mass transport cannot provide.
On the other hand, in order for you to maximize the use of your vehicle, you need to take care of it and treat it with TLC—tender love and care. And how can you give your precious car or van or truck that TLC? It can be done by regularly checking the car for possible troubles. It is called preventive maintenance.
Just like its motor, wheels and rims need attention. Just like your foot, it needs utmost attention. How would you reach your destination if your wheels, particularly your rims, are not working well? While your rims are made of metal or alloy, they are also prone to wear and tear, just like any part of your vehicle.
Checking your rims regularly will prevent rim failure that eventually will lead you to fatal accidents. Based on the current statistics, five percent (5%) of vehicular accidents in the United States are due to mechanical failure, which of course, involve malfunctioning rims and wheels. In order to prevent accidents involving your rims and wheels, you need to have it checked by a licensed mechanic in every 5,000-mile drive. Through this you would be sure that you would reach your destination—alive.
Go for quality, go for savings
Cheap rims, as it was mentioned before, are everywhere. While you go for the cheap rims, you should not compromise the quality of the product. Cheap rims should be quality, nothing more, nothing less.
The integrity of the cheap rims are usually questioned since these cheap rims are 70% less of the suggested retail price (SRP) of the top brands. Some dealers and resellers say, their products are cheaper than of those being sold in big wheel shops because they bought it directly for the manufacturers and are being sold on wholesale prices.
If you have any doubts about the quality of cheap rims you are buying, motoring experts recommend to require some checking. You may ask dealer of these cheap rims for some certifications from the government and other competitive quality assurance agencies or institutions that will assure you that you are buying quality and long-lasting products.
Usually, the Government is using certifications and quality seals to assure the consumers that they are buying products (like these cheap rims) that are safe and are of top quality. Of course, you should be aware that there are also some fake certifications that are circulating out there and quality seals can also be tampered. So you need to be extra careful when buying cheap rims.
“Vanity” tires and rims
To improve one’s car looks is one of the most common reasons that many motorists are shopping for tires, rims and other car accessories and gadgets. Of course, this is natural since you use your car everyday and you want to become an envy of your friends.
But you have to admit that making your car “handsome” or “beautiful” could be a little bit costly. A motoring enthusiast once blogged about the dilemma of having your car beautified but the problem is, since the US economy is not fast improving (we have to admit that many of us are severely affected by what happened in Wall Street years ago), we do not have the money to buy those rims that are considered “best among the best.”
That is why he is urging you to go for ‘alternative’ markets, outside the car houses that are selling good, yet highly-priced rims and tires. He even said jokingly that “you would have your car “handsome” or beautiful, but your pockets will become ugly because not even a penny left. So what’s the use?”
Let us clarify the “case”: Making your automobiles beautiful and attractive is not a crime. It is part of the car maintenance. Who wants an ugly car, anyway? But the problem is, just like what was mentioned before, you need not to overshoot your budget to make your cars beautiful and attractive.
Just like what Mr. Blogger had mentioned, all you need is to find alternative sources where you can buy cheap, yet fancy and strong rims and tires.
Offline and online rim sources
If you are techno-savvy, you might go to the internet to find online stores that are offering affordable and stylish rims for your “baby.” eBay and other online resellers now have their own car improvement sections where you can find rims, stirring wheels and other car accessories for sale. Some are brand new and some are slightly used. And oh, boy! Their prices are awesome!
In addition to eBay, you would also find that there are some car improvement shops that are also offering the best rims ever. When you type “cheap rims” on your Google or Yahoo search bar, you would find at least more than 100 thousand stores offering rims that are cheap.
But quality rims are not only in the internet. You can also find them “offline.”
Car enthusiasts usually go to wrecking yards to find the best wheels, the best mugs, and other niceties for their cars. Yes, you read it right! Wrecking yards are one of the alternative tire market where you can find quality and truly cheap car accessories; although you need to have sharp eyes to spot your prospect. Of course, it would be a gamble.
Specialty shops are also the places to go if you are eyeing beautiful and affordable rims for your car. Even though some of them are offering second hand tires and rims, you might as well consider as these rims and tires are absolutely manufactured by your trustworthy wheel and rims makers.
Going for the second hand?
Second hand products are good if they are truly good. In buying second hand rims and tires, you need to be sure that they are still in good condition.
In buying second hand rims, if you cannot trust your own instincts 100%, then trust other’s opinion. Before you go into a rims and tires shopping spree, better find company. Do you have a friend or a colleague who is considered as a car expert? Then bring him or her with you.
The idea of having a friend with you while you shop for rims, tires, or other car accessories is to help you pick the best ones. Sometimes in doing shopping for your cars, other’s opinions matters. However, at the end of the day, the decision is still up to you.
Here are some tips in shopping for your second hand, cheap and yet quality rims:
- Make sure that the one you are buying does really look good. Check for damages or deformities.
- Age does matter. In buying second hand items, do not forget to ask how old is it. Keep in mind that the age of the material determines the number of years that it can still serve you.
- Speaking of materials, always pick the rims that are made of sturdy materials. This is for your safety. Are they made of alloy or aluminum steel? If you are in doubt about the quality of the material of the rim, you can always have it checked by an expert. Or better, do your own research in advance, before going to the second hand car and car accessories shop.
Brand new rims but “second hand” prices
It is quite unbelievable that there are some stores, online and offline, which are offering rims, tires and other accessories for real cheap prices. Most of the time, you doubt if these tires and rims are of good quality. Of course, being skeptic is healthy.
The rule of thumb is this: Let not the price alone be your guide in choosing your rims. Make sure that you are buying only quality rims. This is very important since the looks won’t save you from accidents. Remember: quality rims are safe rims.
Of course, prices of rims vary. It depends on the design and manufacturer of the rim. Branded rims are, needless to say, are priced higher than those “unknown” brands. But since there is already tough competition among brands, it has pulled down the prices of rims and other car accessories up to 70%.
In the meantime, the influx of imported rims from other countries (especially Asian countries) had also made the prices low. Globalization is at the works here. Expect that in the next few years that cheap and quality rims are available in almost every stores—even inside the most expensive car shops. This would be a very good news for those people who want their cars “beautified” yet the amount inside their purse prevents them to do so.
Another good thing about the tough competition happening in the motoring industry is that most of the stores are now offering custom-made rims just for you at the very low price that you could ever imagine. Unbelievable, but it is true! Browsing the internet you would find dozens—no, hundreds—of stores that are offering customized rims and other accessories at very cheap price.
One website dedicated to car improvement says that their works are 100% guaranteed or get your money back. Don’t think that this is just another marketing scheme. Since customer satisfaction is one of the keys for business growth, these stores are moving the heavens and the hell, just to satisfy their customers. What is doing business without you, customers, right?
So, if you are buying online or even offline, make sure that the store offers this kind of option. Besides, warranty on consumables is provided by the law. That is why, it is very important to keep all your receipts and warranty cards, in case that you need a replacement or a refund.
Always press for quality and safety
After all being said and done, it all boils down into one thing: safety. For most of the car experts, quality means safety.
Just like it was mentioned before, always go for the things that last and of course, those things that will keep you from harm. This must be your guide in buying anything, not only for rims and wheels.
But how can you be sure that you are buying the quality ones? The answer is quite simple: buy your stuff in stores that are accredited by the competent authorities and that has integrity, when it comes to their services and products.
If you’re relying heavily on e-commerce in doing your shopping for almost everything—it is good to look for online stores that (1) have a high customer satisfaction rating; (2) that has ‘money back guarantee’ option; and (3) that are accredited by competent government agencies for product quality and safety and are member of trustworthy motoring associations, here in the US and even abroad.
Stores that are accredited dealers by car manufacturers are also the stores that you can trust. European and Asian car manufacturers usually issue permits for the importation and distribution of their products. Remember: Always deal with the legal importers and distributors of products since imitation and fake products are proliferating in the market today.
How can you be sure that you are really dealing with the accredited dealers? Is it okay just to look for the words “accredited distributor of this brand and that brand”? If you’re in doubt, you can always research for the company’s background.
Always remember that you should shop, not only for price but for quality and safety. Quality and safe products will be a plus, if you put it in your car. For quality and safe products would not only make your car look really good but it will also safeguard your life and property from damages and fatality. So, buy from stores that are trustworthy.