Q: What information should I give when requesting a wheel trim item?
A: Complete year, make, model, and trim level of your vehicle.
For example: "1986 Chevy Cavalier Type-10", "1994 Nissan Altima GXE" etc.
If you aren't sure what size wheels are on your vehicle, look at the code on the tire sidewall. You will see a string of characters that looks something like this: "P205/75R14". The last 2 digits are the wheel size, so in my example the vehicle has 14" wheels.
Description of item needed:
Tell me whether you need a full wheel cover or a center cap. Also, give a description of the item. Does it have slots or bolts on it? How many?
Be specific and thorough:
You can never give too much information. While it may seem tedious, an exact description will ensure that you receive the correct item for your vehicle.
Q: What about those aluminium wheels I've seen advertised? Maybe if I get those, I won't have to worry about losing my hubcaps.
A: While many aluminium wheels are very stylish and sporty, they are not a solution to hubcap losses. All aluminium wheels have center caps which can fall off just like regular wheel covers do. Also, aluminium wheels are not as strong as the steel wheels that use regular hubcaps, plus they are much more expensive to replace. If you buy aluminium wheels, you may find yourself paying $300 for a new wheel next time you hit a pothole, instead of just the $25 you'd pay for a new hubcap if you had kept the steel wheels. If you are interested in aluminium wheels just for the style, there are many wheel covers available that mimic the popular aluminium-wheel styles, and can be mounted on your current steel wheels.
Q: I know of a local junkyard that sells all hubcaps for $10 each. Why do yours cost more?
A: The reason for this is very simple. The majority of junkyard owners do not bother to recondition the hubcaps they sell. The hubcaps that you buy from the junkyard are in the same condition as when they came into the yard. If the hubcap was a piece of junk when the junkyard got it, chances are it will still be such when they sell it to you. Contrarily, I clean and recondition every item I sell. All of my covers are inspected and test-fitted by me, and if they are too badly damaged I do not sell them.
Q: After I replace the hubcap I lost, how can I keep it and my other 3 from falling off again?
A: One of the most annoying parts of owning a car is seeing your wheel cover go flying off while driving in heavy traffic on a 4-lane highway. However, this sort of thing can often be prevented. All hubcaps have a retention system of some type meant to hold the cover on the wheel. Older metal hubcaps generally have metal clips on the back. Over time, these clips will bend inward and cause the hubcaps to fit loosely. This problem can be easily fixed by bending the clips outward slightly using a plier.
Newer plastic hubcaps generally have plastic tabs on the back and a wire ring that snaps inside the tabs. The best way to keep these covers on is to make sure that the wires are securely snapped onto the tabs and that you do not bend or break the tabs when installing the cover. Always remove your hubcaps yourself before taking the car in for service, and put them back on afterwards. That way, you can be sure that they are installed correctly.