Steel or Alloy Wheels for your Winter Package: What is the Best Choice?

When ordering winter tires and wheels for your vehicle, some consumers are conflicted on whether to select alloy wheels or steel wheels. This is primarily due to a perceived price difference between the two options.

At face value, purchasing steel wheels may make sense until you look a little deeper into the costs associated with these wheels.

Things to consider:
  • Your factory (O.E.) wheel covers will probably not fit on aftermarket steel wheels.
  • When adding the cost of new wheel covers, many steel wheels are a comparable price to alloys.
  • Re-sale value of your vehicle can be enhanced with alloy wheels.
  • Painted alloy wheels are easier to clean than steel wheels with wheel covers.


Thursday, August 12, 2010 by tom

Im looking for a set of white steel wagon wheels for a 1963 cj5 6x15" i saw them for about 40 bucks on your web site,each but can't find them now thanks, tom
Friday, August 9, 2013 by Cesar

I have a set of chrome wheel with one lock. I lost the one that opens up. Please how can I fix this situation ? Thanks
Friday, August 9, 2013 by ben@tirerack

If you contact the manufacturer of the lock, it may be possible to obtain a replacement key. If you do not know who made the locks, you might try McGard. If nobody can get the key, a shop can usually use a chisel to get it off.

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