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What Are the Pros and Cons of Different Wheel Rim Materials?

September 20, 2021

What Are the Pros and Cons of Different Wheel Rim Materials?

Wheels have been evolving ever since they were invented by ancient civilizations. The wheel goes all the way back to 4th century BC in Lower Mesopotamia, which is modern-day Iraq. When you look through a wheel catalog in modern times, you don’t have to sort through wooden and stone offerings as they had to in the past. Today your options run more to steel and aluminum. In addition, there are more complex materials like carbon fiber, magnesium, and titanium that are also available.

Let’s take a look at how you can decide what belongs on your car. 

Steel Wheels

Steel wheels often get a bad rap because of their heaviness; many believe they aren’t quite as pretty as other types. But there are some pros to steel wheels. First of all, they are almost always going to be your most affordable option. Second, they are strong so they resist bending and cracking more than many other types of wheels. If they don’t offer the most complex designs, they can still look good on the right builds. People who prefer steel usually do so out of personal preference.

Aluminum Wheels

In terms of performance and appearance, most people prefer aluminum over steel. Most iconic wheels today are made of aluminum. It may not have the strength of steel, but it handles well in average day-to-day use in most situations. Because they are lighter, aluminum wheels often mean better acceleration and efficiency, which is a plus for those who are seeking higher performance. Most will agree that aluminum wheels are frequently the most stylish.

Magnesium Wheels

You might have someone say they “ran a sweet set of mags back in the day,” and they were likely talking about magnesium wheels. “Mags” were once the cream of the crop when it came to lightweight materials for wheels. It should come as no surprise, however, that there are inherent dangers when it comes to making wheels out of a flammable material. This is why mags have been banned for use in some motorsports.

Carbon Fiber Wheels

Carbon fiber is a preferred option for today’s high-performance vehicles, such as the Corvette, Mustang, Ferarri, and Porsche. Carbon fiber stands because it’s stronger than steel and lighter than aluminum. That said, however, carbon fiber wheels are not ideal for day-to-day use because it is rather brittle and will shatter under excessive force. These types of wheels are also one of the most expensive, making them even less practical for most drivers.

Titanium Wheels

Titanium has the benefit of being as strong as steel but only about half the weight. It also has similar corrosion-resistant properties like aluminum does. The main reason that titanium isn’t used more frequently is because traditional manufacturing processes don’t mesh with this material.

Contact Mile High Wheels

Whatever the type of wheels you are in the market for, give us a call at Mile High Wheels. With our 90-day-same-as-cash financing option, you can get those new wheels and right when you need them. We are open seven days a week so come in today to talk to one of our experienced wheels professionals.


What You Should Know About Financing Your New Wheels

September 8, 2021

What You Should Know About Financing Your New Wheels
Owning a car isn’t a cheap prospect. In addition to car payments that come along with most new car purchases, there are other costs: insurance, maintenance, and repairs. According to AAA (American Automobile Association), it costs more than 8,500 dollars a year for auto upkeep each year. Many people are simply unprepared for these expenses, many of which are unexpected. Tire replacement is included in the “unexpected expense” category despite the fact that most people know that tires do, indeed, wear out. 

If you find yourself needing new wheels but you don’t have the cash set aside to pay for them, you might be in a position to finance your tire purchase. But is it a good idea?

Financing Your New Wheels
  • As with car payments, credit card payments, and other loans, “financing” a tire purchase often comes with additional costs. You need to be careful to ensure you don’t pay too much so make sure you read the fine print. Most people finance their tire purchases in one of two ways: on a credit card or through dealer financing.
  • First, you’ll want to consider the costs of getting new wheels. A new tire will probably run you somewhere between 100 and 300 dollars, including mounting and balancing. 
  • Second, you need to consider the cost of financing. You might be able to finance this purchase on a new credit card that offers an introductory period where you’ll pay no interest. But after the introductory period ends, you could end up paying 20 to 30 percent interest—and that can add substantially to how much you’ll end up paying for those new wheels. 
  • Of course, if financing is the only way for you to get new tires, it might be worth considering. Driving on tires that are worn can be dangerous—particularly during the winter. Driving on inadequate tires can put you and other drivers in danger. 

Financing Your New Wheels at Mile High Wheels

At Mile High Wheels, we want everyone to have a good set of tires on their vehicle. Even our customers who might have a low credit score, we believe you should be able to get the wheel and tire package of your choice. Customers appreciate our 90-day, same-as-cash financing option for all of our customers, regardless of a low credit score.  We have helped hundreds of drivers get the wheels and tires they want. And the chances are excellent that we can help you as well.

Here’s what you’ll need:
  • A valid state ID or driver’s license showing that you are over the age of 18
  • A checking account that is at least 90 days old
  • A steady job for the past six months
  • A down payment of just 10 dollars
We will run your application through our preferred provider, and those who are approved will be able to finance their purchase from 250 to 2,500 bucks. If you pay off the loan within 90 days, you won’t have to pay any interest. It’s really that easy!

We are seven days a week so come on by or call 720-535-4081 today and talk to us about financing options for your new wheels.

When You Should Invest in a Set of Custom Wheels

September 8, 2021

When You Should Invest in a Set of Custom Wheels
Changing up your wheels after obtaining a new car is one of the most common vehicle modifications people make. But for some people, getting non-factory wheels ends up causing problems. The main reason for this is because people get them for the wrong reasons. But if they are purchased knowledgeably, aftermarket wheels can be a benefit rather than a curse.

Drawbacks to Aftermarket Wheels

In addition to the cost, one of the most common drawbacks to aftermarket wheels is that they have a negative impact on the quality of your car’s ride. This is especially true if the buyer tries to get bigger wheels because of their visual flair. According to Road & Track, bigger wheels usually mean thinner tire sidewalls, which leads to a less smooth ride. What people should be going for instead of size is the weight of the wheels instead.

Every car’s weight is divided into two categories: sprung and unsprung. Sprung refers to the weight held up by the suspension. The unsprung weight refers to anything that is unsupported. In addition to your wheels, this includes the vehicle’s axles, differentials, and brakes. If you increase this weight with heavy aftermarket wheels, you can expect your car to slow down as a result. There are other effects as well. Adding to the unsprung weight of a vehicle makes it more difficult for your car to keep the vehicle’s tires on the pavement. This leads to worse handling and even poorer fuel economy. It can also hamper accelerations and increase braking distance. This is why lighter-than-stock wheels are better if you are getting them aftermarket.

The Pros to Aftermarket Wheels
  • All that said, there are still advantages to aftermarket wheels if you choose wisely, including:
  • Improving the look of your vehicle. Investing in new rims and wheels is one of the best ways to give your car a custom look. With them, your vehicle is sure to stand out from the crowd. You have a ton of different options available, so you can find the perfect set for your exclusive taste. 
  • Increasing the resale value of your vehicle. A new set of wheels can also make your vehicle more attractive for potential buyers when it comes time to sell. This could translate into more money in your pocket. 
  • Making an affordable investment. For most people, adding custom wheels and tires is a pretty affordable investment. Depending on the type of rims you decide on, you can sometimes get a complete set—with new tires—for under a thousand bucks. 
  • Improving a vehicle’s maneuverability. Depending on how you handle your vehicle, or want to handle it rather, new custom wheels can be a big improvement. Some wheels are specifically designed for street racing or off roading, so you should definitely get the advice of the pros depending on your goals. Be sure to speak with the custom wheel experts at Mile High Wheels about which options are right for you.

Contact Mile High Wheels for Your Aftermarket Tires

Do you want to make your vehicle uniquely yours? Enhance your ride with custom wheels. Give us a call at Mile High Wheels to make an appointment. We are open seven days a week!

Vossen Wheels in Stock

Save $$ on wheel and tire packages

By Corey White - May 17, 2021

Vossen Wheels in Stock
In stock this month:
19" HF3 for AUDI / MERCEDES / VW Fitments
19" CV10 for LEXUS / NISSAN / TESLA / TOYOTA/ HONDA  Fitments
20" HF5 for AUDI / MERCEDES / BMW  Fitments

Stagger fitments avialble upon request

Mile High Wheels/Value Tires Owner Speaks on the News

May 21, 2018

Mile High Wheels/Value Tires Owner Speaks on the News
Listen to Corey White (owner of The Used Tire Store, Value Tires, and Mile High Wheels) give valuable advice on tire shopping: