The Danger of Replica Wheels for Your Honda
In simpler times, if you needed new wheels for your Mesa, Arizona Honda you would most likely just go to a certified Honda body shop in Mesa. The Internet changed all that. Now you can look at a dizzying array of wheels ranging from OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer’s) to aftermarkets and counterfeits. How do you choose between so many options?
Dealerships still recommend OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers) wheels. In in fact automobile manufacturers along with the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries have produced a video demonstrating an aftermarket wheel that has been styled to look like it’s OEM counterpart, breaking when it hits a pothole, while the OEM wheel is shown easily going over the pothole with no damage.
When performing Honda body repair, certified Honda body shops will prefer using genuine Honda wheels for several reasons. Both because they achieve better results, since the offset is always the same, and because many consumers want the peace of mind that comes with Honda’s rigorous testing and five star safety rating.
There are no consistent quality standards enforced on the production of aftermarket wheels. Consequently, wheels can differ greatly from one manufacturer to another. The performance of an alloy wheel is the direct result of the manufacturing technique employed. OEM wheel manufacturers are required to follow certain procedures during the manufacturing process in order to maintain the quality and integrity of their OEM product.
In the United States there are laws in place to prevent monopolies, so manufacturers are allowed to make wheels that look similar to the OEM wheels.
In Mesa, a certified Honda body shop may offer both OEM wheels and replica wheels, leaving the customer to choose.