If you're new to the world of car customization, then chances are you've spent a lot of time thinking about what type of wheels would fit your vehicle best. While the answer varies depending on the vehicle (and, of course, the subjective taste of the owner), there are a few things that everyone should consider before going out and purchasing a set. So if you're looking to arm yourself with a bit of information on how to make the best decision when it comes to wheels, take a look below at three tips you should keep in mind.
The first decision you will faced with is the type of material you want your wheels to be made of. Many people opt for aluminum because it's a generally low-cost material that still holds up to the test of time. Of course, you can splurge on high quality aluminum if you choose to have multi-piece wheels and rims that are forged instead of casted. But most people prefer single piece wheels that are casted through low pressure or gravity. If you're not too keen on aluminum, you can purchase chrome wheels. These are usually more expensive, but will resist rust.
Another big factor in the appearance of wheels is concavity. This is essentially the degree to which the wheel is concave, or hollowed inward. Most manufacturers of quality wheels will offer a solid range of concavity options so that you can choose the one that is right for you. If you're going for a sleeker style that looks more flush with the side of the vehicle, then you'll want to choose wheels with less concavity. If, on the other hand, you're looking for something with a bit of a flashier vibe that will really showcase your wheels, go for ones with deep concavity.
Finally, you'll want to compare and contrast different spoke arrangements. This is another aspect of a wheel that largely comes down to personal taste, but that doesn't mean you should choose whatever looks best on a whim. First, you'll want to consider weight (and the inherent trade-offs you might have to make regarding strength and flexibility). Air resistance is another thing you'll want to keep in mind if you're often driving your car at high speeds. Take some time to weight practical benefits against aesthetics to choose the wheel that you feel is best for your car.