'"The drivers of these cars hit small
potholes on the highways in New York City. Unable to
withstand any pressure, the wheels immediately
split in half or buckled, causing
the car to go out of control''
Why I do not sell any aluminium or aftermarket wheels ?
I get so many people emailing me for these junky things I felt I had to create a page and discuss my reasons for this.
Most alloy wheels are used in conjunction with low profile tires.
Now this is fine if you live in FL or CA, but here in the northeast if you hit one 2'' pothole in the road it can take out BOTH wheels on that side of the car.
All alloy wheels bar none use center caps, which usually have plastic clips.
These often break from taking them on and off when you are getting new tires or brakes. Those that are not broken usually fall off or are stolen. Ask any Lincoln Town Car owner why he is riding around in a late model Town Car with no center caps.
Dealer prices for alloy wheels are way out of line.
In my opinion the WORST cars as far as alloy wheel breakage and cost to replace are in the following order, starting with the worst:
• Volvos of any kind
• Mazda Millennia
• Any BMW
• Mitsubishi Eclipse
No hubcap stores are willing to carry used alloy wheels because not only do they take up a ton of room, but also the cost just to inventory them is prohibitive.
Now let's discuss AFTERMARKET wheels. As much as I dislike original equipment alloy wheels, I feel aftermarket wheels are 10 times worse.
First of all, everything I said about alloy wheels is true about aftermarkets.
They are very fragile and way overpriced. But guess what? With original equipment wheels you can at least go to the dealer and spend $500 for a new wheel or $80 for a center cap if you have to. Not with aftermarkets!
After being in production for a year or 2, manufacturers discontinue most styles, leaving owners with no way to replace them. I have never seen an aftermarket center cap that stays on, and allow me to tell you the one wheel that is worse than any other wheel in my opinion. One word "CADILLAC".
These guys brought it on themselves by switching wheels on brand new cars right at the dealerships.
Here's how it worked:
Let's say a dealer got in a shipment of new Caddy's. Most came with either locking wire wheel covers or original GM issue alloy wheels. Many dealers would remove these high priced items and substitute them with cheap substandard wheels, usually made by a company starting with a ''V''. These wheels would rust after one winter and all the center caps would drop off as well. This little operation is still going on today, so if you buy a new car be sure the wheels are NOT aftermarkets.