Alloy Wheel Repair in Bradford | The Difference Between Alloy and Steel Wheels
Are you considering options for your first alloy wheels? Or do you require your first alloy wheel refurbishment service on your current set? If you live and work in the Bradford area and you’re new to the world of alloy wheels, you can benefit from The Wheel Guru’s expertise. From a basic alloy wheel straightening to stunning finishes with diamond cutting and powder coating, we put your satisfaction at the heart of everything we do. Quite simply, when it comes to alloy wheel repair, we do it all.
A key part of our excellent customer service is clear and honest communication. Our company understands that buying alloys represents a large investment, and how undertaking alloy wheel refurbishments only adds to that. We don’t want you to feel in the dark, confused or unconfident regarding any aspect of our services.
As such, in this blog, we provide a guide below to two of the most common types of wheel; alloy and steel. With this knowledge, you can purchase your first wheels, or schedule your first alloy wheel repairs, with complete confidence.
If you’re a Bradford motorist and require anything from a new powder coating or diamond cutting finish, an alloy wheel straightening to iron out a buckle, or any of our other services, call us on 0113 418 2543.
What is an Alloy Wheel?
Let’s start with the basics. In short, an alloy wheel is self-explanatory: it’s a wheel that consists of numerous combined metals. Most commonly, these metals are aluminium or magnesium. Steel is also a common custom wheel material and, due to its mix of iron and carbon, it qualifies as an alloy.
Traditionally, however, the term ‘alloy wheels’ only applies to those derived from non-ferrous metals.
As such, most alloy wheels are corrosion and dust resistant. This gives them great longevity, meaning the chances of needing alloy wheel repair stay low. Of course, a proactive approach to maintenance and alloy wheel refurbishment (including the odd alloy wheel straightening here and there) also goes a long way in this regard.
The true popularity of alloy wheels lays in their pleasing aesthetics and customisable qualities. With diamond cutting options and an exhaustive range of powder coating combinations, you can truly express yourself while driving in and around the Bradford area.
Alloy wheels also have a light weight. This helps to reduce fuel consumption while aiding in other aspects of performance like improved acceleration, braking, handling and steering.
What are Steel Wheels?
While not a ‘true’ alloy wheel, steel wheels remain popular with motorists in Bradford and across the country. Made solely from steel, these wheels have impressive strength. In fact, it’s almost impossible to crack them, making them a great option if you want to avoid alloy wheel repairs.
It is possible to bend and dent them however, but with a range of alloy wheel straightening techniques and machinery at our disposal, we can get them back to their former glory in no time. No matter your needs, we have the alloy wheel refurbishment service to cover you.
As an added benefit, steel wheels are cheaper than alloy wheels – but they are also heavier. This suits winter driving conditions on the roads of Bradford and Yorkshire, but can also increase fuel consumption.
If you like the idea of wheels with a customised touch and aesthetic appeal, including diamond cutting and powder coating options, you should note that steel wheels have less variety than alloys.