Are alloy wheels better than steel ones?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Friday, June 26th, 2020 at 3:32 pm
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Steel Wheels or Alloy Wheels: Which Should I Get?

When it comes to buying a vehicle, there’s one option that always seems like its just cosmetic: steel versus alloy wheels. When you stop to think about it though, it becomes apparent that that is not the case. Wheels are your vehicle’s point of contact with the ground. And if tires are important, then wheels are too. So, which should you get?

Are alloy wheels better than steel ones?


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Should I Get Steel Wheels?

Steel wheels are the cheapest wheel option, by far. They have lower up-front cost and are cheaper to replace. In a sense, they are more customizable than alloy ones, as hubcaps are also cheap and offered in many different designs. If your vehicle, specifically your wheels, somehow took damage, steel wheels are much easier to repair than alloy wheels are. However, when not properly cared for, steel wheels are more susceptible to rust and corrosion.

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Should I Get Alloy Wheels?

Alloy wheels are lighter and stronger than steel wheels. That gives vehicles with alloy wheels better acceleration speeds and stopping times. Similarly, since they weigh less, alloy wheels also put less stress on a vehicle’s suspension. Alloy wheels dissipate heat better, too. For this reason, if you’re a fan of track days, then alloy wheels are strongly recommended. Your braking system is less likely to sustain heat damage with alloy wheels. Repairing alloy wheels ranges from difficult to impossible, depending on the damage. So, if you don’t have good insurance coverage, replacing alloy wheels out of pocket can get pricey.

Need Some Repairs Done?

If your vehicle needs some servicing, CrossPointe Motor Cars has expert mechanics who can diagnose and fix your vehicle’s problems. If you’re the type who prefers to fix your own vehicle, you can order OEM parts for your vehicle through us, no matter the year, make, or model.

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