Wheel covers

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Updated: 3/28/2003 12:53 pm Published: 3/28/2003 12:53 pm

There are many different kinds of wheel covers, or 'hubcaps,' that you can purchase for your vehicles. There are new, used, aftermarket, and re-conditioned wheel covers available. One way you can find various types of wheel covers is by checking retail stores devoted solely to selling wheel covers. These stores exist in most areas. Most consumers choose wheel covers based on style, so businesses that sell them usually have a large selection from which to choose. Some vehicle owners, especially those who own high performance automobiles, prefer alloy wheels or wheel covers for appearance as well as performance. Alloy wheels can provide more responsive acceleration and braking as well as added strength, which can reduce tire deflection in cornering. Certain kinds of alloy wheels may reduce the risk of brake fade by allowing more cooling air to flow over the brakes. Steel wire wheel covers are another type of hubcap. Some wire styles are actually made from engineering plastic. This same material is commonly used by new vehicle manufacturers as well as independent wheel cover manufacturers. Consult a wheel-cover specialist for further information.

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