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OEM vs. Aftermarket Wheels


Hey everyone! Have you considered changing the look of your vehicle? One of the easiest way to do so is to switch out the wheels and tires. Once you decide to take the next step, there are a lot of options to take into consideration the main one being; OEM wheels or Aftermarket Rims.

Let's start off with OEM wheels. What are they? OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacture. This states that the wheel or the part you are interested in purchasing came directly from the manufacturer. For example; if you have a Porsche then the wheels that are OEM came directly from Porsche.

There are some advantages to sticking with the Factory Original wheels your vehicle came with. For starters it's easier to choose the part number. You can simply give us a call and we can assist you in finding that part for you or call your local dealership and provide your VIN number (Vehicle Identification Number). Also, you know the quality of the product you are getting when you purchase Stock rims. OEM parts are made to certain guidelines and standards by the manufacturers. Some manufactures even provide warranty for their products for up to a year. OEM parts also give you the piece of mind when it comes to fitment. You are guaranteed that the factory original wheels will fit your vehicle perfectly since it was made in accordance to the car. Another beneficial factor is that OEM rims do not decrease the value of the vehicle.

The disadvantages of purchasing OEM wheels is that they tend to be more expensive than aftermarket options. Also you cannot purchase OEM rims everywhere, only select places will carry original parts like dealerships, or used wheel business like us who recondition them back to like-new quality!

Now that we have covered the pros and cons of OEM wheels what about aftermarket options? Aftermarket rims are car parts that have been made after the vehicle has left the manufacturer.

They are also made by companies who are not affiliated with original manufacturer- such as BBS, Enkei, Volk and Vossen.

As with oem parts there are pros and cons.

One of the benefits of having aftermarket wheels is that there is a greater variety of options out in the market. Depending on the aftermarket company, the quality can be of that or greater than the OEM counterparts. There is a greater availability of rims. One of the greater options of going with aftermarket options is that you can buy brand new replicas at a lower price than the original. Also, you can change the appearance of your vehicle with more customizable options.

Unfortunately when you purchase aftermarket rims you do not know what type of quality you will receive. The cost of the rim does not always reflect the quality. Since there is a greater variety of aftermarket wheels to choose from it can also become an overwhelming and daunting task. Keep in mind, if you purchase aftermarket rims chances are you may not be covered by any warranty. If you switch out the rims on your vehicle to aftermarket wheels, the book value of your car decreases. It's important to take into consideration that aftermarket rims are always changing so they are usually only available short term. That means if you have aftermarket wheels for a couple years and one of you rims cracks, you might have to change out all 4 rims if they no longer carry the same style or if the company goes out of business.

There are pros and cons to both options, it is up to you to decide which is going to be a better option for you. If you like to change the appearance of your vehicle every so often then aftermarket options might work best. Now, if you plan on reselling your car you might want to stay with OEM rims considering they will keep the book value of your vehicle. Both options are great depending on the circumstances. If you are in need of wheels give us a call today and we will gladly assist you.

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