What are alloy wheels and why are they beneficial?

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In the past, alloy wheels seemed to be reserved for those who really wanted to spruce their vehicle up in terms of looks, or maybe muscle car enthusiasts who could afford to splash a little bit more cash. However, as the cost of alloy wheels has plummeted, and as more and more manufacturers seem to be adding them to their vehicles as ‘stock’, their popularity as soared. On this page, we are going to take a little look at what alloy wheels actually are.

Alloy wheels are formed of a combination of metals. In most cases, the base metal will be either aluminium or magnesium. A few other raw metals will also be thrown in there for good measure. The actual combination of metals will be dependent on the specifications that the designer has set out. In the past, these wheels were, mainly, formed of magnesium alloy. They were terrible back then though. It was not uncommon for wheels to corrode easily, or they were incredibly inflammable!

The main reason as to why people opt for alloy wheels is the fact that they look brilliant. Steel wheels, whilst looking great, have far fewer customisation options available. They tend to look fairly generic. With alloy wheels though, you have tons of options to choose from each seemingly looking far better than the last.

Of course, steel wheels do have the benefit of being far cheaper than alloy wheels, particularly when they are produced en-mass. This is why the majority of vehicle manufacturers will have steel wheels on their vehicles unless you pay for the alloy separately.

However, that being said, you can get a lot better fuel economy out of alloy wheels. This is because they are considerably lighter. When something is lighter, it creates far less drag. The average alloy wheel will weigh about a third of what a similar steel wheel will weigh. In addition to this, many people find that alloy wheels give a far smoother driving experience and the ride quality is drastically improved. You will also find that braking is a little bit better.

Remember, alloy wheels will always be far more expensive than their steel equivalent. However, if you shop well, you will find that prices on these wheels have fallen drastically in recent years. More and more companies, such as ourselves, are offering top-quality alloy wheels from some fantastic manufacturers including Ford, Mercedes & BMW alloy wheels at incredibly low prices. Of course, custom and rare alloy wheels can easily reach the thousands of pounds. However, if you are looking for something stylish, yet still basic, then you could probably source wheels for a few hundred pounds for your whole vehicle.

If you wish to find out more about alloy wheels, or perhaps find out more about what we have on offer, then please do not hesitate to contact us. Our experienced team will be more than happy to provide you with all the advice that you need.

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