A single alloy could cost anywhere from £20 into the thousands but, more often than not, alloys are priced as a set of four.
Alloy or steel?
Typically, car wheels are made out of steel because they're durable, strong and affordable, which is why you'll find them on a lot of budget models of cars. However, they don't always lend anything to a car's look. Now that we're all much more image conscious drivers, alloy wheels are a good choice because they look great, while still being tough.
Alloy wheels are also lighter than steel and much better and dispersing heat from your car's brakes.
Alloy wheels give you the chance to go bigger and really enhance the look of you car. If you do this, you'll need to get new tyres too as the old ones won't fit your new wheel size. If you're unsure what you need, Bush Tyres has a dedicated alloy helpline, find the details here.
How to find the right size
If you're looking for alloy wheels in Lincolnshire, Bush Tyres can help you find the right ones for your car, with wheels from 10" all the way up to 26".
If you're looking at a specific wheel and want to know if it'll fit your car, check the manufacturer's description as it'll often state which cars the wheels will fit. If you still aren't sure you can look at the specific size details. Here's what you need to know.
This stands for 'pitch circle diameter' and refers to the centre area of the wheel where it connect to your car. The number will also indicate the number of studs or bolts the wheel will have. For example, the size 4x100 means four bolt holes drilled through the centre of an imaginary 100mm circle.
This is the distance between the hub mounting face at the back of the wheel and the wheel's centre-line. The higher the offset number, the further the alloy will stick out from the brake disc or drum.
This is measured in ET. For example, a 0 ET wheel will have its hub in line with the wheel's centre-line.
Your handbook may state the wheel size your car came with but if you're looking to go up a size, you may need to speak to a professional to get the best advice on what wheels will work for your car.
Rosso RR8 The sleek contemporary design of this wheel suits a whole range of
modern cars. The resulting look is sporty yet surprisingly elegant.
Ronal R57 black and red This wheel is proof that the little details can make a huge difference. The striking Ronal R57 features five red spokes that are certain to turn heads. A great choice for all compact and mid-range vehicles.
Ronal R10 Turbo These full-face wheels are perfect for retro cars. If you're going to be showing your hot hatch and need something to make it stand out, these wheels are a good choice. They'd look great on an old-school VW Golf, Fiat 500 or VW Polo.
MONACO Grand PrixIf you're looking at cheap alloy wheels, this is a really affordable option that looks great and is available in a number of sizes from 16" all the way up to 19".
Fox Racing FX004 These Fox Racing wheels are perfect for race and track cars, or for road cars that need a slightly more aggressive look.
ATS StreetRallye This multi-spoke design in a matt black finish adds an edgy element to any car. It comes in a number of different configurations to fit most four- and five-stud hubs.
When choosing the alloy wheel for your car, make sure you consider size, fittings and style to get the right one for your vehicle. If in doubt, check the handbook or speak to a professional.