Buying your first car is as exciting as it is overwhelming—especially if you’re not familiar with the various brands and models on the market. Balancing functionality, luxury, and cost can be a real juggling act, so allow us to make a recommendation for you. Here are a few different reasons that make a Mazda a good first car.
With a glowing reputation for being safe, reliable, and stylish, Toyota has become one of the most popular car brands in America. As such, a large majority of the country owns a model of Toyota, and you may be one of them! To ensure you enjoy your car for as long as possible, here are some good tips to maintain and care for your Toyota.
The only thing hotter than this August heatwave is the used car market! Whether you've bought a used car to save money, or your car is looking old and worn, there are ways to refresh its appearance and make it look as good as new. Here at WheelerShip, we know how to spruce up a vehicle and understand the need for affordability. Here are a few tips on how to make your used car look new.
The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car of all time, and it’s no wonder why. Released in the 60s, the Corolla has been one of the most affordable and reliable vehicles on the market for over 50 years. In 2020, Toyota released a completely redesigned Corolla. So how is the Toyota Corolla changing in 2021? Find out in our latest blog post!
As we learn to drive, we develop various habits and preferences that can affect our car just as much as any hazard on the road or in the environment. In particular, you can expect your tires to really take a toll—especially if you’ve developed some...questionable driving habits. [LOL] Let’s consider how your driving style impacts your tires, so you can prevent damage and avoid problems before they crop up.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on every industry as businesses are forced to adapt to the crisis or face the risk of going under. But how has COVID-19 affected the automotive industry? Let's take a look at the current state of the industry, potential risks it still faces, and how well it’s been able to recover as the light at the end of the tunnel finally comes into view.
Mazda vehicles are well-known in the US and beyond for their sleek designs, affordability, and being quite fun to drive. Learn more about the background of these popular cars in this brief history of Mazda vehicles. #zoomzoom
With warmer weather and more daylight hours, it's time to hit the road! Here are some smart travel tips for how to get the most out of your road trip.
Tire rotation is a regular part of car maintenance in which the four tires of a vehicle are moved from one position on the vehicle to another. Although most car owners know that this type of maintenance is necessary, not all understand why. In this article, we’ll explain why you need to get your tires rotated.
If you live in a place where it snows in winter, you can attest to how sloppy the roads can get during the season. Between the snow, ice, dirt, and salt on the roads, your car can get pretty dirty or even become damaged during winter. Road salt, in particular, can be detrimental to your car. Read on to discover how road salt affects your tires. With the proper maintenance, it’s possible to prevent road salt from damaging your wheels. Here are a few tips for keeping your tires and wheels in good shape during the winter.
Avoid the COVID-19 pandemic by ditching large retail stores this holiday season. You can discover all the other reasons to support small businesses here.
Can you imagine life without your favorite pizza shop or your favorite burger hub? Every community is made up of these beloved local shops and restaurants. These small businesses are loved because they bring the people in the community together. Whether it’s for a shared love of delicious food or a common interest such as rims and tires, local small businesses do a great job of bringing people together. But they do much more than that. Keep reading below to discover how small business support the community.
It’s tough to love a car with noisy brakes, whether you are driving it, or it squeals to a stop in front of you on the road. There are many reasons brakes make noise. Don’t ignore these common brake noises and their causes.
Social distancing and working from home have reduced traffic to next to nothing, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about taking care of your car. Automobiles sitting in garages for weeks can develop problems. Here’s how to maintain your car during COVID-19 stay-at-home time.
In 1947, Chung Ju-yung founded the Hyundai Engineering and Construction company in South Korea. Twenty years later, after a stint working for the Korean Ministry of Transportation, Chung launched his next and more successful project, the Hyundai Motor Company.
People of different generations have different needs in cars. Boomers may have reached the stage where they prefer a car that’s higher off the ground, making it easier for them to get in and out. Then again, we’ve all noticed a silver fox driving what is clearly their dream car, no matter how hard it is on their back and knees. Various surveys and demographic data point to the most popular cars by generation in recent years.
It seems surprising because wheels are such a critical part of your car’s performance and safety, but currently, there are no mandatory standards for wheel performance and testing in the United States. However, the Society of Automotive Engineers has established standards for performance for aftermarket wheels, called SAE J 2530. Aftermarket manufacturers recognize the importance of J 2530 certification as a mark of quality.
Car manufacturers traditionally provided steel wheels, until weight and looks become more of an issue for car owners. Enter alloy wheels—typically made of aluminum combined with another metal, such as magnesium (that’s where “mag wheels” comes from). Nickel or some other combination of these light metals are also common. In addition to their light weight, the benefits of alloy rims include:
Masujiro Hashimoto founded Japan’s first automaker, Kaishinskha Motor Car Works, in 1911. They called their first car the DAT and rolled it out in 1914. After two name changes and years of primarily producing trucks for the military market, the company, at the time called DAT Motors, merged with Jitsuyo Jidosha and became DAT Jidosha Seizo Automobile Manufacturing Company. The new entity produced cars and trucks under the name Lila.
We’ve all heard the rule of thumb that a new car loses a lot of value the minute it rolls off the lot. There are several basic considerations to keep your car in great shape, maintain its resale value, and get the most enjoyment out of it for as long as possible. As an example of ways to maintain a luxury car, here is a guide on how to care for your Lexus.
Road salt lowers water’s freezing temperature and helps keep ice from forming. It substantially reduces accidents on treated roads. Drivers should be grateful for the added safety, but they should stay mindful of the negative effects of road salt on cars. We address specifically how road salt affects your rims.
It’s bad enough when a wheel is so badly damaged by a pothole that it has to be replaced. Then it gets worse when you are confronted with a dizzying array of choices to replace it. Knowing the difference between OEM and aftermarket wheels can ease the pain of decision-making.
Chevrolet, lovingly known as “Chevy,” was founded in 1911 by General Motors’ founder, William Durant, and Swiss race car driver Louis Chevrolet. The brand has been creating cars and even inspiring songs for more than one hundred years. For Chevy’s centennial in 2011, the online music streaming service Pandora even created a special station featuring one hundred songs that reference Chevy.
When it’s time to trade in, trade up, or just replace a car that’s not so reliable anymore, it’s important to consider what type of drive system is best for you. The acronyms—2WD, 4WD, and AWD—simply refer to how many wheels receive power from the engine at any given time. Car enthusiasts can argue about this until they’re blue in the face, but for most people, choosing which kind of drive system isn’t really that hard. How you spend most of your driving hours will likely determine which type of drive system to choose. Here we define the differences between 2WD vs. 4WD vs. AWD.
Those concept cars with the big wheels at auto shows look super cool, but do larger wheels provide better performance? It depends on what “performance” means to you. Larger wheels may provide better cornering and handling at higher speeds but might not work so well in wet or snowy weather. The added width and weight can also affect fuel economy and noise and may mean a bumpier ride.
If you hear any suspicious sounds coming from the bottom of your car, there’s a chance that there’s an issue with your wheel bearing
Honda stands today as one of the top automobile manufacturers in the world. They didn’t achieve their success overnight, however. This company earned its title through decades of research and hard work. Here we provide a brief timeline of Honda’s history.
When you replace a wheel, you have to decide whether to purchase an OEM or aftermarket wheel. OEM stands for original equipment manufacturer, which essentially means that these wheels are crafted by the same company that created a specific car model. For example, a Lexus IS250 wheel is made by Lexus, while aftermarket wheels are made by a company that makes wheels for many makes and models of cars.
The tires your car is equipped with are far from one-size-fits-all, and the tires that are on your car when you drive it out of the dealership may not ultimately be the ones you should use long-term. The car you drive, the environment you live in, and your lifestyle in general should all play into the decision-making process.
Most car owners are aware of the importance of keeping their car in good shape. Hefty repair costs can occur as a result of negligence. As such, it’s best to know which warning signs indicate balance and alignment issues. It’s also a good idea to know how to maintain your vehicle to prevent these issues from occurring.
Cars are anything but inexpensive, and you aren’t meant to go through them quickly. Their lifetime entirely depends on how well you take care of them. If you don’t follow the correct maintenance routines, you may end up paying hefty service fees and need a replacement earlier than you would have otherwise. To help you prevent this, we list some simple car maintenance tips.
Unlike past traditions, many cars today don’t come equipped with spare tires. Since we’re so used to their inclusion, it’s not uncommon to purchase a car unaware of the fact that it’s missing a crucial component. The last thing we want is to find ourselves stranded on the side of the road without a spare. For this reason, you’ll want to ask your salesman whether or not the car you’re prospecting comes with a spare included. If not, you’ll want to make sure that you’re prepared for any potential situation. To help you out, we made a short guide outlining your options.
Several factors go into choosing the perfect car. One of these is whether you’ll have front-wheel or rear-wheel drive. The difference between the two has a substantial impact on how your car will handle. To help you with your selection process, we’ve created a brief overview of how these two options differ. Below we’ll list a few factors to take into consideration as you weigh the two options.
Becoming a rideshare driver is a popular way to earn a supplemental income in today’s economy—some people even do it as their full-time job. It can be relatively easy to start, and you’re ultimately your own boss. If you have a safe vehicle and insurance, you can start working. Before you do, however, you should evaluate everything that goes into becoming a driver. Like anything else in life, there are always more things to uncover beneath the surface.
We all know that uncomfortable jolt that comes from driving our car over a pothole. At times, these are an annoyance; at others, a costly happenstance. So, what are the real dangers of hitting a pothole? It’s important to be aware of the damage our vehicle can sustain to know what to look for when we hit one.
We’ve talked before about the importance your wheels have in determining the safety and performance of your vehicle. One thing we’ve yet to discuss, however—and what we’ll delve into today—is the inflation of your tires. Many of us understand the importance of preventing underinflation, though we may not necessarily know the exact reasons why. Another thing we may not realize is that you can also overinflate your tires. Maintaining proper tire pressure is integral to optimizing your car’s performance and preventing future unwanted repair costs.
The car market is still rapidly expanding. Recent data suggests that global car sales will reach nearly 79 million units sold by the end of 2019. This number is astronomical, and more people are buying every day. Of course, some of these automobiles aren’t brand-new, but are instead passed from one owner to the next. Buying used cars is extremely economical, and there are ways you can make it even more so.
It’s everyone’s worst driving nightmare, and when it happens, chances are that you’ll know almost right away. We’re talking, of course, of a flat tire—it will immediately throw off the balance of your car, as well as your steering. In the event of a flat tire, you’ll want to be ready—especially if you’re driving alone, which is the case for over 66% of car trips. Without someone available to give you a hand, you’ll need to equip yourself with the proper knowledge to handle it on your own.
Every year, more and more people are recognizing the benefits of buying their cars used. In 2017, drivers purchased nearly 40 million used cars, the highest number in a single year thus far. There are many reasons to buy used, but you shouldn’t go into the purchasing process blindly. Mark these four items off your checklist before making your final decision.
The technology behind electric cars has been steadily improving over the years, presenting an impressive array of economic benefits. While many people still prefer the offerings of fuel vehicles, electric cars are a great addition to the transportation world. These cars generally require less maintenance due to their electrical components; however, the tradeoff is that any repairs require specialized services and are, therefore, extremely costly. Knowing how to properly service your car will help you avoid these extra expenses.
Anyone who drives a car knows how impactful the wheels are. However, this doesn’t mean that everyone knows the details behind wheels. Even changing tires is foreign to a large percent of the U.S. population—nearly 20% of us don’t know how to perform the task. A good thing for any driver to be aware of is the various parts of the wheel, as this knowledge can benefit us in certain situations. We briefly go over the three major components to your wheels to help you gain a better understanding of how it works.
If you’re buying your first car, selecting the right one to suit your needs can be a difficult task. There are hundreds of models to choose from, and you want to be sure you’re putting your investment in the right place. It’s best not to walk right into a dealership without any idea of what you’re looking for. You should first familiarize yourself with some different options and decide what best aligns with your needs. In this article, we list out some things to consider before you make a final decision. Study our tips and keep them in mind as you begin the selection process.
Toyotas are known for being reliable, long-lasting cars. Though they’re great options for drivers of any age, younger people oftentimes find Toyota to be an ideal first car. These days, it's common for a student to take their car to college; during the 2016–2017 school year, approximately 46.8% of students did exactly that. As such, even with a busy school schedule, you’ll be doing yourself a favor if you take care of your Toyota. Read our simple tips on how you can properly achieve this task.
No matter how reliable your car is, you can’t always protect it against things outside your control. Doing what you can to keep your car running well is helpful, but the outside world has a mind of its own—and your wheels are likely to take the brunt of any damage caused by the elements. The United States sees approximately 220 million flat tires a year—a staggering amount, to say the least. Even the 2015 Honda Accord’s wheels, which are known for their reliability, aren’t immune to a stray nail or patch of black ice.
Some of the most prominent dangers, as we all know, are potholes. You should avoid them whenever you can, but sometimes you don’t see them right away, and swerving to avoid them can be unsafe. Depending on the angle and speed at which you hit the pothole, your tire may incur substantial damage. A particularly harsh impact can also damage your rims. Outfitting your car with all-terrain tires and rims made of a sturdy material will stand up to the road best.
It’s not surprising that caring for your car is essential. Ideally, you’ll try to extend the life of your vehicle for as long as possible. When you suspect that something is amiss, it’s important to get it checked out as soon as possible. However, this can be stressful; the truth is over half of Americans are intimidated by their mechanic. It’s imperative that you meet a professional though because some issues are harder to identify than others—especially when they are related to car parts that are known for sporting a long shelf life.
One thing that you need to consider from time to time is your wheel bearings. These are a part of your wheel assembly; it’s the metal ring that links your wheel to your axle. Wheel bearings tend to last for a long time, usually between 85,000 and 100,000 miles. It’s important to be able to pick up on the signs that a bearing needs replacement, especially as the diagnostic process tends to be a tricky one. Whether you’re dealing with Pontiac G6 wheels or a Jeep Wrangler’s, the warning signs tend to be the same.
Car enthusiasts are quick to tell you the importance of having a rim that’s appropriately suited to your car. Your car’s rims determine the profile and traction of the tire, which is integral in impacting your car’s performance. Anyone trying to decide what rims are best suited for their car must first consider the materials the rims are made of and how they will affect your car’s performance; the three most common are steel, alloy, and chrome. There are important differences between the three that one should be aware of when considering how they want their car to drive.
Knowing how your wheels are made, and what they’re made of, is important when considering the amount of time that’s spent behind the wheel. Americans tend to spend 17,600 minutes driving per year—that’s a lot of wear and tear on our vehicles. The type of rims that you should use usually depends on the type of car you drive; Jetta rims are oftentimes alloy due to their lightweight frame, while heavier duty vehicles may utilize steel.
Cleaning your wheels is a fairly simple task, but that doesn't mean you can't make mistakes. Follow these four steps to keep your wheels looking their best.