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Why Fit Alloy Wheels?

At one time, only premium cars or sporty models came fitted as standard with alloy wheels and alloy wheels have long been considered a desirable feature. However, there are now more car manufacturers fitting alloy wheels as standard on the majority of their vehicles due to the vast benefits of alloy wheels.

Alloy wheels can also be fitted retrospectively to your car and offer a great way to update the look of your vehicle, regardless of whether it came with alloys, to begin with, or not.

Fitting alloy wheels is also a fantastic way to make sure your car stands out, as they are available in a wide range of different sizes, designs and finishes. This allows you to adapt the car to your tastes, for example, you could opt for sporty alloys for a more dynamic look or brash colourful alloys to liven your car up.

What are alloy wheels?

Unlike steel wheels which are made simply from steel, alloy wheels are made out of a mixture of metals such as aluminium or magnesium. Alloy wheels are cast, and it is this process that allows designers to create a variety of complex designs which offer more appeal than plain steel wheels.

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Advantages of alloy wheels

  • Alloy wheels are lighter than steel wheels, and this has a number of benefits. Firstly, as they reduce the overall weight of the car, they can help improve fuel economy. The lighter weight also reduces brake pressure, which can result in slightly better braking abilities and marginally improved brake wear.  Finally, the lighter weight of alloy wheels can improve acceleration resulting in more agile performance.

  • Alloy wheels dissipate heat better than steel wheels which can also help to enhance braking performance and is one of the reasons alloy wheels were first used on sportier performance vehicles.

  • Alloy wheels do not rust like steel wheels because they contain aluminium. Aluminium is a highly reactive metal which when exposed to the atmosphere instantaneously forms an oxide layer, this prevents rust occurring.

  • Fitting alloy wheels to your vehicle can instantly make it look more desirable. With a vast array of designs on offer and a variety of striking finishes including coloured alloys available, you can dramatically alter the appearance of your vehicle without actually changing the structure.
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    Disadvantages of alloy wheels

    One of the drawbacks of alloy wheels is that they can be an expensive addition to the vehicle. However, at Car Accessories Plus we offer 0% finance on all orders over £100, which allows you to spread the cost and get the alloys that you really want.

    Car wheels, steel or alloy are susceptible to damage from clipping kerbs. However, the disadvantage of alloy wheels in this respect is that they are more likely to crack than steel wheels and can be harder to repair. Steel wheels can often be hammered back into shape, whereas alloys made need careful welding to fix them. Plus as steel wheels are more utilitarian looking to start with, any minor damage is not usually that noticeable. Whereas the striking design and range of finishes on alloys are more likely to show minor scrapes and cracks.

    While alloy wheels are more resistant to rust, they are more susceptible to corrosion from road salt and iron from brake dust:

  • Salt from the road reacts with the alloy material, which can cause a build-up of white dust. Not only is this unsightly, but it can actually damage the structural integrity of the alloy.

  • Hot iron flies off your brake pads when in use and can embed into your alloys. As the iron embeds itself, it alters the structural integrity of the alloy wheel, while also facilitating a reaction between iron and aluminium, which results in corrosion. Iron corrosion on alloys appears as brown or black dust specks on your wheels.
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    Finding the right alloy wheels for your car

    We stock alloy wheels from a range of popular car manufacturers, so you should have no problem finding the right alloys to suit your vehicle.

    We offer alloy wheels in a variety of sizes, designs and finishes too, so whether you are looking for something smaller and more discreet or larger and more noticeable we’re confident you’ll be delighted by the selection.

    The important thing to remember when deciding what size alloys to choose is that the total rolling height of the wheel and tyre must remain the same. So you should bear in mind that if you want to fit larger alloy wheels to your vehicle, then you will need to fit a lower profile (thinner) tyre to compensate.

    Don’t forget, we offer 0% finance no all baskets over £100, so you can spread the cost of your dream alloys into affordable monthly payments. What are you waiting for? Browse our extensive selection of alloy wheels now.

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