If you are looking for some custom wheels for your truck, car or SUV and you want to get a good value then looking online may be just the thing for you. You don’t have to sacrifice quality even if all you know about wheels is “I like the shiny ones” or “I want them as big as I can get” Here are some things to think about and verify before you buy custom wheels online.
First of all there are many advantages to buying custom wheels online. There is the convenience of being able to shop at any time night or day. There is the price which should be quite a bit lower because of the low overhead of an online store. And there is an almost unlimited selection and the chance to get exactly what you want instead of what the local wheel dealer happens to stock.
But be aware that you have the responsibility of making sure what you order will work on you car or truck. Also, you will have to do the installing or arrange for some else to do it. And somehow you are going to have to get tires on those wheels. Then there is the concern about modern technology. In the United States manufacturers are now required to install tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in every car, truck and SUV they sell. This means there is a sensor inside of every wheel for vehicles made since the law went into effect. These sensors alone can run $50 a wheel and up.
But don’t let these things hold you back. Most wheel web sites are staffed with real car guys (and gals, well, mostly guys) eager to answer your questions either over the phone or via email or even instant text messaging. Use them. It makes them feel really good when they can answer someone’s question and help them get what they want. They should be polite and helpful. If they aren’t then move on to another web site.
So what kind of wheel should you buy and from whom? If you are a do-it-yourself type then before you go to retail sales websites it might make sense to look at some manufacturers’ websites to see what is out there. Most websites aren’t able to carry every choice and option of wheel that is available. High end manufacturers like Asanti, Lexani and Savini have custom wheel builders on their web site where you can build exactly the wheel you want. Some sites will even let you select your vehicle and see the wheels on a picture of a car like yours online. Take advantage of these sights and then copy the information from there and check prices at several wheel websites.
If you would like a little more help then call (more than) one of the experts online and ask them for recommendations Many people find a wheel they like online only to find that it is not available to fit their car or is out of stock and back-ordered for months. By going this route you could save yourself a little time and aggravation. But have a look around first to get an idea of what is available and what the prices are like. And have an idea of how much you want to spend in mind. If you ask a custom wheel seller how much a good set of custom wheels costs he is likely to return a question of “how much have you got”. It narrows the choices down to have a budget in mind before you call. After all is it really worth it to put $10,000 worth of wheels on that old Camry? That is a question no one but you can answer.