Don't leave everything to the hands of the online seller or the store's salesman. You should be able to talk about the offset, center bore, weight, size, and width measurement with a little bit more confidence when shopping for a new wheel for your car. You should know exactly what specific type you want, so you won't have to settle on just about anything you can find or base your decision on looks.
To give you an idea, here are some details that you have to consider when getting a new set of wheels.
The distance between the hub and wheel's center is the offset. You need to find a wheel with the right offset; otherwise, this may cause some rubbing as the vehicle turns. The improper offset can result in the wheels protruding beyond the fender. The wheels may become too far in.
You have to be very particular with wheel size. Make sure that it comes with the right diameter, as the wrong measurement may lead to incompatibility. As a result, the wheels and tires may rub against the shocks.
There's a center hole inside the wheel's surface, and the diameter of this center hole is what they call the center bore. If the center bore doesn't match the vehicle's specs, you may experience vibrations while the vehicle is running.
Some people switch to bigger wheels without considering how the weight of the wheels will affect vehicle handling. The added weight on the vehicle will have an effect on braking and suspension. However, slight changes on size, say a difference of 3. diameter to the previous wheel size, won't add too much weight; hence, it won't adversely affect vehicle performance.
The number of lug holes in the wheels and their distance from each other make up the bolt pattern. You have to make sure that this matches the specifications of your vehicle. If not, then the wheels simply won't fit.
Now that you have an idea about specific measurements and bolt patterns that work best with your vehicle, it's time to explore the different wheel design options. Wheels come in different cosmetic finish. They may be painted, polished, or machined. They may be in chrome, silver, black, or any other color. Some wheels are crafted into a 6-spoke design and may come in many other style options. Don't get too overwhelmed with the seemingly endless choices. At the end of the day, what you can do is simply pick what best suits the color scheme and exterior styling of your vehicle.
When it comes to the material used, you usually have to choose between steel and aluminum alloy wheels. Aluminum alloy wheels are available in far more attractive designs since the material can easily be molded. The lighter weight of these wheels also allows for better acceleration and improved car handling and performance. The downside is that they tend to bend more easily in case of an impact. Steel wheels, on the other hand, are heavy. The weight affects the vehicle's agility and acceleration. They're advantage, however, is that they're sturdier than their counterparts. They're also good options when driving in snow.