How to Choose the Right Wheels for Your Car

Whether you’re upgrading or replacing, when it comes to choosing the right wheels for your car there are countless options to choose from. WIth all those options come a number of important considerations to ensure your wheels not only look great, but also function as needed.

Need help choosing the right wheels for your car? Use our wheel buying guide below or get in touch with your nearest Beaurepaires store.

Beaurepaires’ Wheel Buying Guide

We take the stress out of wheel buying. Use the tips below to ensure you fit your car with wheels that fit your car and your budget.

Wheel size vs tyre size

There are many rims and tyres on the market, but not all tyres are designed to fit all rims, and visa versa. Pairing tyres and rims may seem like a daunting task, but once you know how, choosing the right wheels for your car is easy.

Rims are measured in inches, and are commonly available in 15, 16 and 17 inch sizes. Each car may come with different rim size options, so it’s important to check the size before upgrading your rims.

You can find the tyre size for your car by checking the owner's manual. Alternatively, you can find your tyre size printed onto the side of your tyre on the area known as the sidewall. The sidewall indicates the width, profile, rim size and speed rating of the tyre.

At Beaurepaires, we offer a complete alloy wheel service with a huge range including Adela, BBS, Black Rhino, CSA, King Wheels, OZ Racing, PDW, Procast, Speedy Wheels, SSW, and TSW wheels.

Combining your tyre and wheel purchase in a package is a great way to give your car a brand new look and feel, in a cost-effective way.

To view the wheels that fit your car, use our Specialist Wheel Selector Tool or get in touch to discuss a wheel and tyre package.

Alloy wheels vs steel wheels

What are alloy wheels? How do you choose the right alloy wheels? How do they compare to steel wheels? The differences between alloy and steel wheels are significant, and what you want to get out of your car will determine which choice is best for you.

If aesthetics and performance are important to you, then alloy wheels are the best option. Alloy wheels are generally more visually appealing than steel wheels, and perform better.

If you’re after a cheaper and durable alternative to alloy wheels, you should choose steel wheels. Steel wheels are strong and will be less susceptible to cosmetic damage.

Budget

Although the saying is true that you get what you pay for, at Beaurepaires we have wheel options for every budget - without compromising on quality.

Whatever your budget, we have wheels to suit your needs. Whether it’s performance, durability, or both, we take the stress out of choosing the right wheels for your car. For advice specific to your budget, check in with your Beaurepaires technician.

Aftermarket wheels

Many aftermarket wheels are cheap and nasty. They’re often imported by overseas manufacturers that don’t have the same standards when it comes to safety and performance.

But it’s not all bad news. By selecting the right aftermarket wheels for your car you can save some money or get the exact look you’re after. If choosing aftermarket wheels, make sure you choose a reputable manufacturer and check that the wheels fit the specifications of your car.

At Beaurepaires, we don’t take any shortcuts. We ensure that every brand and model of aftermarket wheel we sell is safe and durable.

Fitting wheels to your car

Not all wheels will fit your vehicle. So to save yourself a headache, it’s important to choose the right wheel size for your car. Rims come in a range of sizes, so whether you’re upgrading or replacing, you need to check what rims will be compatible with your vehicle.

The easiest way to determine what rims will fit your car is to look at the sticker plate in your car, it should be located inside the driver side door. Alternatively look online to find the specifications for your car.

Your other option is to measure manually. To find the right fit you’ll need to determine your bolt pattern, find out what the dimensions of your wheel are and determine the offset of your original wheels. For further advice on wheel compatibility, get in touch with a Beaurepaires technician.

Choosing the finish

The fun part of buying rims for your car is choosing the finish. Whether it’s chrome, grey, matte or gloss, with so many wheels to choose from you can get the exact look you’re after at Beaurepaires.

To find the wheel you’re after, use our Specialist Wheel Selector Tool or browse the whole range.