When car shopping, you may often come across the option to have either alloy wheels or steel wheels installed, with the latter being the less expensive option. But the question remains: what's the difference between each type of wheel?
Traditionally, most car wheels were made of steel. They were durable and looked presentable. However, as technology and expectations progresses, steel wheels were no longer enough. In fact, they are considered to be slightly too heavy and not that good looking. Hence, when alloy wheels became available, they instantly took over as the new trend. Alloy wheels are different to steel wheels in a number of ways:
For normal drivers, the benefits of alloy wheels are not significant enough to make a huge difference to the driving experience. However, for true motoring enthusiasts, they are persuasive, because lighter weight does matter to speed and power of cars. Furthermore, good alloy wheels make a visual statement (i.e. they can be really good looking), and this is important for many people who consider motoring a priority.
Ultimately, your choice of wheel type will depend on your own aesthetics and aspirations. Alloy wheels tend to be significantly higher in price, which may be a major concern for many, thus, make steel wheels a better choice; but if price is not an issue to you and if you’re looking to have the ultimate driving experience, alloy wheels may be the clear choice. Either way, no matter what you choose, make sure you research the options in some detail before you make your choice, because you WILL be surprised by the huge number of choices available. Stay safe and happy car shopping!
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