Upgrade Your Ride: Tips from a Car Expert on Choosing the Perfect Aftermarket Rims

Dear Mike,

I hope you’re doing great. I was scrolling through your YouTube channel and found your car advice videos helpful. Recently, I have been thinking about getting aftermarket rims for my vehicle, and I am a bit unsure about what I should be aware of.

I know that rims can make a big impact on the appearance of a car, but what should I look out for when choosing the right ones? Are there any specific things I need to know in terms of sizing, materials or brands? Also, what are the benefits and drawbacks of getting aftermarket rims versus sticking with the factory ones?

Thank you so much for your time and expertise.

Best regards,


Dear Alicia,

I’m doing fantastic, thanks for asking! I’m thrilled that you find my car advice videos helpful. I hope to continue providing you with valuable knowledge so that you can make informed decisions about your vehicle.

Now, onto your question about aftermarket rims. First and foremost, congratulations on considering upgrading your wheels! Rims can indeed make a significant impact on the overall appearance of your car, and who doesn’t love a good-looking ride?

When choosing the right rims for your car, there are a few things to keep in mind. Sizing is a crucial factor. You want to make sure that the rims you select are the proper size for your vehicle. The best way to do this is to consult with a professional, like me! We can help you find the perfect dimensions for rims that will fit your car like a glove.

Another important consideration is materials. Alloy wheels are the most popular among car enthusiasts. They’re lightweight, corrosion-resistant, and look great. Steel wheels, on the other hand, are more durable, but they’re also heavier, which can negatively impact your car’s performance.

Lastly, there are a plethora of brands available in the market. However, it all boils down to personal preference and budget. Whichever brand you choose, make sure they are reputable and provide quality products.

Now let’s talk about the benefits and drawbacks of getting aftermarket rims versus sticking with the factory ones. The most apparent advantage of aftermarket rims is that they can enhance your car’s appearance. As for drawbacks, aftermarket wheels are usually more expensive than factory ones and can decrease your car’s resale value. So you need to think carefully about your priorities before making a final decision.

Additionally, you should know the two primary phrases: hub centric and multi-fit. Multi-fit rims are mass-produced to fit multiple vehicles, making them less expensive than hub-centric rims. However, with multi-fit rims, you’ll need to buy a wheel kit containing plastic centering rings. Hub-centric rims, alternatively, are more direct fit to your vehicle, avoiding improper weight distribution due to potentially lost centering rings.

The hub-centric rims also typically use the original equipment wheel nuts, so no auxiliary parts are required. While both types of rims are great, you need to be prepared to carry around extra components every season with multi-fit rims, and you must communicate with your service provider during every season switch for installation.

I hope this information helps! Investing in the perfect set of rims for your car can be both exciting and fun. Just remember: no matter which rims you choose, make sure to prioritize safety and quality.

Thanks for reaching out, Alicia. Drive safe and keep cruising!


Mike Urban

Founder of Urban Automotive