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Wheels

Wheels in London, ON

Finding the right wheels shouldn't have to be a challenge close to home. If you live or work in London, ON, Dorchester, ON, or Thorndale, ON, trust Rick Newstead's Auto Centre for great deals on rims and performance tires. In our London wheel shop, we stock a wide selection of rims. Choose from different styles, materials, and sizes to find the right wheels to fit your needs for performance or appearance. 

No matter which wheels you choose, our friendly and helpful staff will be there to help you with your wheel purchase. Before you visit us, use our wheel buying guide below. Once you're ready to check our our selection of wheels in person, stop by to see us or give us a call. Simply contact us online to schedule an appointment for new wheels or any associated wheel or tire services. 

Rick Newstead's Auto Centre’s Wheel Buying Guide

Selecting the right wheel material is the first step in the buying process. Here are a few common materials to check out when shopping for a new set of rims.  

  • Alloy Wheels are light wheels with improved performance characteristics. These light wheels increase cornering and steering precision, and decrease road feedback for better braking response.
  • Steel Wheels are heavier wheels that provide vehicles with a lower center of gravity. Steel wheels are perfect for harsh road conditions in the snow or off-road over rugged terrain, but lack other performance capabilities because of the added weight.
  • Chrome is an aesthetically pleasing finish applied to both alloy and steel wheels. Chrome wheels are sought by drivers concerned with cosmetic appearance. While chrome wheels are known for their metallic mirrored shine, durability, and strength, they require regular attention and cleaning to maintain their visual appeal.

Wheels & Rims: The Manufacturing Process

The way wheels are made can also affect their overall performance. Review these wheel types to learn more. 

  • Cast Wheels: Aluminum wheels are manufactured through a process of pouring molten aluminum into a mold. The shape of the wheel is formed through a process of gravity or pressure casting.
  • Machined Wheels: The machining process combines casting, heating, spinning, and precise pressurization to fill a mold with molten aluminum and shape the wheel.
  • Forged Wheels: The forging process takes a solid piece of aluminum and molds the wheel through high heat and extreme pressure. The result is a light, dense, and strong wheel.

The right set of wheels depends on vehicle characteristics and desired ride quality. When choosing wheels for your car, truck, or SUV, consider the following:

  • Size: Various wheel sizes and weights hold different performance characteristics. If you plan on upgrading your current wheel size, be sure to consider the maximum wheel size allowance on your vehicle.
  • Weight: Wheel weight impacts vehicle performance. Heavier wheels increase braking distance and reduce handling, while lighter wheels will improve maneuverability and braking performance.
  • Terrain: Where do you drive most often? Wheels should be selected based on their primary function.

Every customer’s criteria for buying wheels is different, so we urge you to contact us with your questions or concerns. Our service staff is comprised of wheel and rim experts who remain on the cutting edge of wheel style, configuration, and performance.

For the best wheel buying experience around, contact us today.

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Address: 346 Neptune Cres.
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