Hub caps cover the center portion of a wheel inside of your tire. This is usually seen as a round disk, although different vehicles may use different sizes, prints, colors, and materials for this, they are usually a standard steel cap, which may or may not host the logo from a car badge, or a brand name of the tire in use.
Although most people purchase hubcaps in an effort to increase car aesthetics, these caps are actually meant to serve a more practical purpose by preventing dirt and water from getting in and rusting or damaging the wheel. These can be bolted on, although different caps can be attached and fastened in different ways depending on how decorative or practical it is meant to be and the hardware that comes along with it for fastening.
Finding new and used hubcaps isn't that difficult if you know where to look, and they can even be quite inexpensive depending on the type of hub that you are looking for. Most of the standard caps can be purchased for anywhere between $40 to $500 for a set of 4, with the ability to purchase individual caps as replacements in some locations as well, for as little as $16 a cap.
Dealers and Auto Parts Stores:
You might find that you are often drawn to people who know more about a particular subject than you do when you want the best products and services available. When it comes to new and used hubcaps, and other car parts, this means a visit to an auto dealership, garage or auto parts store. Professionals who spend so much of their time among car parts are generally pretty knowledgeable about them, and on top of that, if they sell the parts you need you can see them before actually paying for them.
Before you head towards your local garage or car dealership, however, you may want to call ahead. Not all locations, which sell cars, parts, and accessories, will have hubcaps, especially if you require a specific make and model of cap. If you want a large selection, or are on the hunt for a particular hub cap, it is better to contact these retailers to ask about the cap in question. If they don't have it in, they may be able to order it for you, or at the very least, they should be able to point you in the right direction of another location which sells hubcaps.
Utilizing The Internet:
Even more natural in modern times than phoning a dealership, many car enthusiasts and hubcap shoppers will turn to the internet for information on where to shop and where the best deals are. There is a large selection of sites which cater specifically to vehicle accessories of this kind, selling both new and used hubcaps, along with grilles and rims to match.
These sites will deliver products to your home, and allow for the sale of a single cap or a set of caps, which can be chosen based on a number of criteria. If you know the make and model of your car and you are looking for stock or aftermarket caps, you will likely find exactly what you are looking for online.