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In collaboration with Guillaume Belhumeur, automotive expert, and Dominic Lafrenière, tire expert

When you buy a new vehicle at the dealer, it comes with its original equipment wheels and tires. However (and unfortunately), it is fairly rare that you get a second set of rims with your purchase. That means you will have to decide if you want to invest in a second set of wheels. Because of our country's weather, a lot of Canadians purchase an extra set of rims dedicated for winter. But what are the benefits of such an expense? That is the topic we are going to discuss!

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Why Buy a Second Set of Rims for Winter?

1. To Save Money

The first question you should ask yourself to know if buying a second set of wheels would be beneficial for you is how long you plan on keeping your vehicle. If the answer is 3 or more years, then an extra set of rims is definitely worth the expense. Why? Because with this second set, you'll save on mounting, dismounting and balancing every season (around $65, twice a year). Moreover, by leaving your tires on their dedicated set, you'll pay only $ 20 to $ 25 to have them installed on your vehicle... and you'll spend a lot less time at the garage! So you will save twice a year and after 3 years, your investment will pay off!

Nowadays, the vast majority of new vehicles are equipped with large alloy wheels. The diameter of these rims is very big, which means that the inside diameter of the tires is big... so is their price! When buying an extra set of wheels for winter, you can choose smaller rims that'll fit with smaller tires, which are less expensive. For winter, you can also purchase steel wheels, a cheap alternative that is very popular in Ontario and Quebec. Here's a simple calculation that'll illustrate how a second set of rims can help you save money:

A. With one set of wheels:

Average cost for mounting, dismounting and balancing x times per year x number of years with the same vehicle

$65 x 2 x 5 = $650

B. With two sets of wheels:

Average cost for 4 steel wheels + (average cost for changing wheels x times per year x number of years with the same vehicle)

$225 + ($25 x 2 x 5) = $475

Saving of $175 after 5 years

2. To Avoid Damaging Your Tires

Having a dedicated set of wheels for your winter tires will also help keeping them in good shape... Mounting and dismounting every season causes premature wear on the tire bead, causing a higher risk of air pressure leak. With your second set of rims, you automatically reduce the number of manipulation of your 8 tires and prevent them from wearing or tearing prematurely.

Steel Wheel
Steel Wheel
Alloy Wheel
Alloy Wheel

3. To Avoid Damaging Your Wheels

All wheels are not made for winter driving. Of course, if you vehicle is equipped with steel wheels, you are good to go! However, if you are driving with alloy wheels, it's a whole other story. If you want to keep the same set of wheels on your vehicle year-round, you should make sure it's suitable for winter. Some rims can easily be damaged by snow, calcium and dirt whiles other are perfectly adapted to winter.

So, if you plan on keeping the same car for a few years, an extra set of wheels will simplify your life, make you save money and minimize the wear of your tires and wheels. Moreover, when you buy a set of 4 tires and 4 wheels on you get free mounting and balancing. That means you'll receive your kit ready to install on your vehicle!

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