I've been having a hard time justifying buying new wheels for my Intrepid. I know it's a common upgrade, and it's one that makes a large difference to the look of a car, but I just can't bring myself to spend the high amount of $$$ needed to do it. The best deals I've found are $100/each wheels. Now, even if I get those (which are the cheapest I've found), that'd put me up to $400, plus tax, plus shipping for the big boxes they will occupy. THEN I've gotta buy new rubber for them, and that can get just as expensive, if I want to get the performance ones that would do the wheels justice. I bought the 2000 model at $3500, so how am I gonna spend nearly 1/3 of the car price on wheels that don't really make a performance difference?
How do you (those who have purchased wheels) justify spending so much money on wheels? I want to iterate, I'm not bashing on people who have bought wheels. On the contrary, I want to buy them myself, but how do I logically do it for such a high price. Or am I missing some awesome website that gives good deals?
Thanks for any feedback!
what you do to justify that is by taking the length of time you own the vehicle, devide how much you spent on all non oil/gas purchases (tires,brakes,replacement parts; fuel lines, gas tank, seats, new radios, batteries etc. ) so ill use me as an example.
0 for the car in 06,
3K putting in a rebuilt 2.7 having the tranny solenoids replaced, alignment.
500 for ceramic pads and rotorsm
200 on battery(optima redtop),
300 on replacement lines(tranny line and fuel line)
500 for my yakima rack
400 for custom tow hitch
4900/60=81$ a month
for 60 months ive owned it.
(before i throw a 1000 rebuilding the motor again.)
or alternatively you can look at it like this.
so taking my equation and applying you to it is ur job but if u wana have the car for more then a year. id say its worth it, keep the old rims/tires and you can always put them back on if u sell it and resell or reuse the rims..
just a couple of views.