Plastic Wheel Covers
Plastic wheel covers, hubcaps, or wheel trims are all words used to describe the same thing: a cover or seal meant to cover the center hub of an automobile tire, and protect the lug nuts and bolts. The lug nuts and bolts fasten the wheel to the axle of the car, and should be kept as clean as possible. Dirty lug nuts and bolts increase the possibility of slippage during tire replacement, and grime is often a contributing factor to a stuck lug nut.
Plastic wheel covers are inexpensive to say the least. A lot of four (or five for an additional spare tire cover) can be had for a very small sum, often less than $200.
Wheel covers are often purchased for their design as much as they are their practicality. Those who would like to add extra “flair” to their automobile can do so inexpensively, or purchase a number of different sets for different “looks.”
Likewise, plastic wheel covers can be had for the simple goal of turning a car back to its original condition. If you were to lose or damage a wheel cover on your current automobile, a plastic wheel cover can be purchased in the same size, style and design as your other covers, hubcaps, or rims. Not only are plastic wheel covers inexpensive, but they are very difficult to detect at distance, and most people cannot immediately discern between a plastic wheel cover and a factory installed, OEM hubcap.
Non-rotating plastic wheel covers have grown with the popularity of a practice known as “auto-wrapping,” whereby the car is “wrapped” in a vinyl design for advertising purposes. Many service vehicles or commercial delivery vehicles are also wrapped. Adding a non-rotating plastic wheel cover, one that does not spin with the rotation of the wheel, is a great way to increase the advertising area of the car and maximize its utility and attraction.
Putting Wheel Covers on a Car
Plastic wheel covers are inexpensive and easily used. Often, wheel covers manufactured for car owners who are not car enthusiasts or mechanics are “snap-on.” Thus, with the application of very light pressure, wheel covers snap to the wheel and are adequately secured to avoid falling off. It used to be that wheel covers would routinely fall off cars at high speed, though new technology and improving build quality has led to better grip on car wheels.
Easy and Inexpensive Method to Add Value to an Automobile
Are you looking to sell your car, or get the best value possible when you take it to a dealership? While it is easy to clean the outside of the car, cleaning the wheels, tires, and their covers isn't so easy. These parts, unfortunately, are exposed to significantly more dust, debris, and dirt than are other higher-riding pieces of an automobile. Thus, the grease and dirt that sticks to a car's wheels is almost impossible to remove.
With plastic wheel covers, though, a car owner can replace all four of the wheel covers with brand new, highly attractive covers that match the cleanliness of the rest of the car. This small cosmetic investment is a great way to improve the “curbside” value of your automobile, and improve the appeal to the eye.
It is very rare to find an investment that is so inexpensive that provides for such high-yields. Most car shoppers buy a car off what meets the eye. A clean car, one with impossibly clean hubcaps must have been adequately maintained, correct? Well, not necessarily--buying new hubcaps, as you've learned, is as easy as 1-2-3.