Things to Know About Aftermarket Rims - Service Information to Know from Hanson KIA

When it comes to the look of your Kia, a new set of wheels can really make a difference. Many turn to the aftermarket, but did you know that Kia offers a variety of OEM wheel upgrades? At Hanson Kia, we want to help you make the best choices when it comes to your vehicle, which is why we've put together this information page. Below, you'll find four reasons that you just can't beat OEM.

Close-up of a Kia wheel.

4. Quality

We'll start out by admitting that not all aftermarket wheels are low in quality. In fact, there are a few that may even be similar in quality to OEM Kia wheels. But do you know how to find out which ones are good and which ones aren't? That's often the tricky part, and it often relies on trial and error. Why take a chance on a set of wheels that looks cool, but could be made of low-quality materials or not put through tough safety tests? The wheels you'll get from Kia have to meet the same stringent standards that all other Kia components meet, so you never have to wonder whether you're getting a quality component or not.

A variety of aftermarket rims.

3. Long-Term Value

Because they're often lower in quality, aftermarket wheels may not last as long. But that's not the only way that value might be affected. If you plan on selling your Kia when you make an upgrade, you may find that you won't get as much with aftermarket wheels. When you're selling a used vehicle, aftermarket wheels will often decrease the value.

2. Compatibility

To make as much money as possible, aftermarket wheels are often designed to fit a wide variety of vehicles from different automakers. This may often work out just fine, but sometimes there can be problems with fitment. Having wheels that aren't completely to spec could affect the accuracy of your speedometer and result in reduced ride quality, stability, and handling. OEM wheels, on the other hand, are made specifically to fit your Kia. This way, they won't cause any problems.

A vintage automoble suffers a broken wheel.

1. Safety

As we mentioned, many aftermarket wheels are not held to the same high quality standards as OEM parts. They may be made with cheaper materials or subject to lax design. In addition, they may suffer compatibility problems. All of this could make you less safe. If a low-quality wheel cracks, or if a wrong wheel size causes problems with the ABS, you could find yourself in a dangerous situation. For your safety, always choose wheels that were designed for your Kia.

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    Olympia, WA 98502

    • Sales: (360) 339-5079
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Hanson Kia

2300 Carriage Loop SW
Directions Olympia, WA 98502

  • Sales: (360) 339-5079
  • Service: (360) 339-5079
  • Parts: (360) 339-5079


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