Harley Says: Everything You Should Know About Aluminum Rims

We’re back with another Harley Says blog from WV Cashin’s scrap metal expert.

This week Harley chats about aluminum wheels and how you can make big bucks by bringing them to the WV Cashin scrapyard.

Let’s find out what he has to say!

What are the different types of rims?

There are clean rims, dirty rims and chrome rims.

Clean rims are pretty self explanatory and dirty rims typically mean there are wheel weights or other parts attached to the rim. Magnets are usually drawn to chrome rims and they go in a separate category.

Scrapyard pricing varies depending on the type of wheel you’re bringing in.

Is there a difference between rims and hubcaps?

Absolutely. Hubcaps are typically a way to accessorize your vehicle and cover your wheel. Hubcaps are typically made of metal or plastic. But they don’t add any extra strength to your tire or have any practical benefit.

How can you remove a tire?

If you want to bring in rims to the scrapyard, you’ll need to remove the tire from the vehicle. First thing you’re going to do is let out the air from the tire. Then, you’re going to want to cut through the tire tread and the tire’s bead. You should then be able to loosen the tire from the rim. Once the rim has been separated be sure to remove the valve stem and any sensors.

How do you get the most money out of aluminum rims?

Clean wheels will get you the most money, so you want to be sure you’re detaching any wheel weights or other attached parts before handing them over to the scrapyard. You can usually pull off wheel weights with a pair of pliers.

WV Cashin will accept “dirty” rims but you’ll get a better price for clean ones.

If you have questions about aluminum wheels or other recyclables, give us a call at 304-755-5187. And don’t forget to check out our Harley Says videos – he knows what he’s talking about!

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