Purchasing New Auto Wheel Rims for Your Car

By Charles Hopkins Published 07/6/2006 | Auto and Trucks

Nearly any car made by any manufacturer can greatly benefit from a great set of new rims. Wheels are a great way to make your car look exactly how you want it to without having to purchase any overpriced body kits which can damage your car or void its warranty. Furthermore, a high quality set of rims can definitely make your car stand out in a crowd. One of the other great benefits that a set of rims can provide you with is that there are so many different styles to choose from that there is definitely a set that will be sized perfectly to what can fit on your car and will come in a style which you will undoubtedly find attractive.

One of the only major drawbacks with a set of rims is that they are a somewhat significant investment and you cannot be completely sure how good they will look on your car until they are already bought, paid for, and installed. With prices skyrocketing to as much as several thousand dollars per wheel, a wheel purchasing decision could definitely be made much easier if you had some way to test out what the wheels look like on your car before you shell out all of that cash for them.

While you could pop in a copy of Gran Turismo or Need for Speed: Underground for Playstation 2, find your car in one of their vast databases of automobiles, and then play around with the multitude of different wheel choices offered by each game title, this takes a ton of time and may not represent how the wheels would actually look on your car when all is said and done.

Since there was no other really great way to go about finding the perfect wheel, several wheel manufacturers and distributors decided to create a program for the computer that allows you to take a stock photo of a car and automatically change the wheels on it. This gives you that great benefit of being able to (relatively accurately) gauge whether or not a set of rims will work for your car.

After all is said and done and you have tested out a variety of wheel choices on your car via a virtual wheel purchasing program, it is time to set out to find that perfect wheel that you have been dreaming of. Unfortunately, most stores do not offer the vast selection of different rims which you might want to purchase, meaning that you would have to settle for something less than what you actually wanted.  Luckily enough, the Internet has changed the whole rim-ordering process as well and now allows you to order your product through a variety of online retailers which can either ship the rims right to your door or to your favorite automotive garage for less than you might think.