New rims new winter Tires?
There’s about a 50-50 chance that when you buy a vehicle from the lot, the original equipment wheels will be made of steel. While steel wheels are definitely durable and are often used as winter wheels, aluminum wheels offer a handful of surprising advantages for winter use as part of your second wheel-and-tire package. If you decide to put dedicated snows on your car, the next decision you‘ll need to make is whether to buy a second set of wheels for the snow tires. There are of course advantages and disadvantages to either approach, but in essence an extra set of winter wheels will constitute a larger initial investment, but one that can save you substantial money and time on the cost of mounting and balancing tires twice a year. With the right equipment, you can even swap out your wheels yourself in your garage.
If you do decide to go with an extra set of winter wheels with snow tires, you will need to decide whether you want your winter set of wheels to be aluminum alloy or steel.
Use the descriptions below to help determine the best choice for you.
Meet the basic needs of drivers who want the convenience of a winter tire package without the additional cost of an alloy wheel
Typically available in black or silver finish depending on the application
Basic styling can often be updated with wheel covers
Cost less than alloy wheels due to ease of manufacturing and lower material costs
Enhance the look of your vehicle
Are manufactured to precise standards to meet exact fitment and performance needs
Weigh less than steel wheels and have superior strength
May be the preferred option for your vehicle based on the fitment requirements
Will allow for better brake clearance (depending on wheel style and brake components installed)
Require proper maintenance as finish damage may result in the harshest winter climate where salt and sand are routinely used
Ultimately, using aluminum wheels for your winter tires allows you to save time, money and it improves your driving experience.