Why You Shouldn’t Drive With Holes In Your Wheels
Now you’re probably asking yourself, why I shouldn’t drive with holes in my wheels? You should always cover them with center caps! Missing caps in the center make your wheels look downward. We identify different styles here and show replacement caps with impressive OEM looks and quality.
You don’t have to be an auto enthusiast to notice how terrible your wheel and vehicle looks from a missing center cap. It’s hard to deny that a gaping hole in the center of your wheel creates a run – down look, whether it’s a small cap or a large one. If you thought about buying a car with missing center caps, you might suspect that the rest of the vehicle was not so well maintained. No doubt, as a result, you would make a lower offer.
It goes without saying that if you sell your car or truck, it is essential to replace the missing center caps. But even if you plan to keep your ride for a while, there’s no reason to postpone your purchase. Whether you order them today or later, you still have to buy them, so why wait? Ordering those you need won’t cost much, and while you still own and drive the car, you’ll enjoy how they look.
We’ll look at the OEM-style replacement center caps we offer in this article. Traditional advice says that when shopping for new center caps; make sure that they are not only designed for specific aftermarket wheels. The products referenced here, however, are produced in the same shapes, dimensions and appearance of your original center caps – so they fit tightly on factory rims and look good.
Types of Center Caps
First, it is important to define what a center cap is – because it comes in various varieties. On new cars with aluminum wheels, the first type is most common. These are small, removable pieces in the center of the wheel. These are referred to as “center caps” because they only cover the center of a wheel and are too small in diameter to reach where the lug bolts/nuts are located.
A second type of center cap is a larger, stylish piece integrated into the wheel design. Typically they are found on aluminum wheels and sit flush with the rest of the rim. They also cover lug bolts completely once they’re snapped into place. We’ll refer to these as “styled center caps”.
The third center cap type is usually found on older American cars and trucks and is not flush with the wheel. Similar to traditional hub caps, these caps literally cover the area of the wheel hub. With the exception of truck center caps, lug nuts and bolts are fully covered in most cases. These caps may look basic or be a continuation of a stylized wheel design.
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Center Caps for Classic Vehicles
If you’ve got a classic General Motors car or truck, we recommend taking a look through OPGI, Goodmark, and Trim Parts (mostly Chevy) offerings. There, you’ll find faithful reproductions of small center caps, hub caps, and even trim rings for iconic Buick, Chevrolet, Olds, Pontiac, and Cadillac wheels -complete with original factory logos.
For example, OPGI’s Rally Wheel Cap & Dish is identical to Chevrolet rally wheel center caps popular on virtually all models from the 1960’s through the late ’70’s, complete with “Chevrolet Motor Division” stamped into the top section. If you prefer something more value-priced and don’t need the Chevy stamping, the Vision Rally Derby Cap features a plain front.
The FPAP Wheel Center Cap Insert is designed to work as replacements for 1966-74 Dodge and Plymouth models. While overall designs match those of originals, these do not feature automaker names or insignia. OER Wheel Center Caps specialize in 1955-2002 Chevy models along with select Pontiac and Chrysler muscle cars.
Center Caps for More Recent Vehicles
If you’ve got a car or truck from 1990’s vintage through today, we’ve got the replacement center caps you need. For starters, we’ve got a wide range of center caps for a variety of cars and trucks dating back to 1977 on our Dorman Wheel Center Cap product page.
GTOG8TA Wheel Center Caps covered a number of options for modern Pontiac performance models from 1996-2009. Owners of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge will find factory replacements with Mopar Wheel Center Caps for 2001-current models. OxGord offers replacement styled center caps for recent Chevy and Ford trucks, and from 1959 to today, Rugged Ridge Center Caps are designed for different Jeep models.