3 Reasons to Switch to Winter Wheels: Save! Save! Save!
The long term savings associated with owning a set of winter wheels far outweigh the costs. The average vehicle owner with summer and winter wheels commonly makes up the costs within 2 years of driving, here’s why;
Trends in automotive are forcing wheelbases to get bigger and bigger, this means the small passenger car you recently purchased at a dealer with the 18” wheel option now needs winter wheels. On the upside, smaller and lighter wheel and tire options are now available in smaller 17” and even 15” sizes. These smaller wheel and tire options are cheaper and lighter meaning you save on the purchase price but also through added fuel economy. A great example is the new Honda Civic Type-R, this modern 4 door hatch comes factory with 20” wheels. Many Type-R owners now downsize during the winter to 18” wheels and enjoy the added handling, braking, weight savings and financial savings.
Owners with summer and winter wheels also save money through their insurance since Canadian insurance companies offer discounted rates to owners that have winter wheels and tires. The average insurance discount for Ontario residents is 5%. This equate to around $80 a month in savings over running all-season radials all year long.
Maintenance and reliability are a real concern for many vehicle owners. Having 2 sets of wheels during winter and summer help drivers save even more on a broader scope. Constant wheel rotation, mounting and balancing, worn out tires and installation make up a heavier maintenance cost when compared to drivers who own 2 sets and simply swap tires seasonally.
The Sparco Terra benefits from the experience of OZ in the world of Rallycross for an off-road race-inspired wheel. The characteristic wheel center was created to protect the disc brakes from stones thrown up by the force of the wheels during off-road races. Conceived to tackle ice and off road racing, this wheel is right at home in harsh winter conditions.
Sparco’s Assetto Gara Wheel is a tribute to OZ’s iconic multi-spoke racing design. In the best racing tradition, the wheel is designed with 10 spokes and a style defined by racers as “technical”. This coupled with a lightness that enables drivers added agility in winter conditions makes the Assetto Gara the obvious choice for many drivers. The Assetto Gara also offers a large caliper clearance for vehicles with options like Brembo calipers.
The first Sparco Wheel design with a split spoke mesh design. Pro Corsa is a wheel with sporty looks, durable finish and a variety of sizes. These wheels are perfect for any European vehicle looking to take on our Canadian winter.
The BBS SR wheel is the champion of all season weather. This wheel is sporty and stylish with a wide range of possible applications. The SR showcases a soft radius and contours from the hub to the flange, enabling easy wheel cleaning which is especially useful in winter conditions. The SR’s design is extremely structural but also stylish making the diamond-cut version and Himalayan grey popular on European vehicles. Finally the SR is unrivaled when concerning quality and durability and is made in Germany.
The BBS SX wheel is a subtle but gorgeous wheel with lines that compliment many modern vehicles. The BBS SX is a one piece counter pressure cast wheel with incredible strength. The SX is the perfect wheel for larger CUV, SUV and larger applications. The SX wheel is manufactured in Germany, and is available in the colors brilliant silver and crystal black.
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