The wheel cover's primary function is to protect your wheel and lug nuts from dirt and scratches. It may also enhance your car's exterior if matched perfectly. With a lot of wheel covers sold out there, you have to choose what suits your vehicle and your pocket. This section will provide hints and tips to help you sort that out.
How would I know if the wheel cover fits?
Determining the size of your wheel is actually a good start. Most wheel covers range from 14-16 inches in diameter. Even if these measurements are specifically manufactured, it's a big help if you check the wheel's measurement against the wheel cover just to be sure. A good rule of thumb is when you replace one, you should replace all.
Are there wheel cover varieties?
A wheel cover comes in various types and designs. While most of them are made from plastic, the finish can either be chrome, steel or aluminum plated. For car enthusiasts like you with an eye on detail, there are holes/slots, spokes and wire designs to feast your eyes on. Just remember, when you choose, always go for the trusted name. Imitations may copy the look, but never the quality.
Is it possible to repaint a wheel cover?
Since most wheel covers are gray and silver, you might feel dull and bored with how it looks that it made you decide to repaint it. You can actually apply the color you desire on the entire thing. However, you will risk the wheel cover's original coat, and worse, a bad paint job will lead to an even awful appearance of your car. A piece of advice: make sure you have the correct painting equipment; a wheel cover is not some wall you can simply brush.
Is it easy to put a wheel cover on my car?
Yes. In fact, this is probably the easiest car part to install. There are tabs behind the wheel cover that clip when you push it in front of the wheel. These secure the wheel cover in place and viola, you're done.
How does a complete set fair with a tight budget?
You can already find good wheel covers under $50; although regular prices range from $60 to $80. On the other hand, the high-end types go $100 or more. There are a lot of designs for wheels covers, and just like a designer shoes or shirt, the ones that look good are mostly more expensive compared to those with common designs.