While needing new tires it is VERY tempting to get shiny new wheels (pic) too. It’s “only” an additional few hundred dollars right?
Something MUST be done as my car has two leaky tires this week AND the thread depth is really down and inspection coming up.
So do I get new tires? Or do I also spring for new wheels too? We experience a lot of rust in our tires due to the salted roads of winter in New England, and our tires do get very trashy looking after only a few years. Mine are stock and thus are 6 years old now.
But retirement, right? Am I serious about wanting to retire to-my-plan or would I rather have shiny tires now?
Should I compromise, and get new wheels but avoid top of the line, and just get mid-range ones? That’d satisfy me, but it is only an advertising trick of theirs of course – the vendor WANTS you to see the high price ones and settle on the midrange ones. I’m trying to not-play their-game.
April 7, 2017 – :::: UPDATE :::: after lusting at virtual ALL cars having $500 wheels this past week in traffic, I instead “sprung” for a can of spray-primer and spray-silver paint, which I’ll use instead to spiff up my existing STOCK wheels. Total cost just $15 – GO FRUGAL!! 🙂 yay, me. It was tough though as those wheels sure were “convenient” and shiny, but in the end didn’t make my car go any faster nor consume gas any more efficiently, and I came up with lots of other reasons to “justify” it (resale value) to myself but if I’m truly serious about “sailing” into retirement BEFORE I DIE then I have to “trim the jib.”