It’s been so long, I didn’t know whether it was one word or two. There are no squiggly red lines under it so I’ll go with one word.
I had a conversation with former ECOO President Peter McAsh this past week. He was taking his car into his dealer to get his snow tires removed. I guess he didn’t look at the forecast! Somehow, we started talking about hubcaps. That got me thinking.
There was a time when every car had hubcaps. They were small metal cups that essentially went over the wheel lugs to protect them from rusting. They were relatively easy to remove; the jack handle typically had a flattened edge and you just popped it off to get at the jacks.
I haven’t owned a vehicle with hubcaps for as long as I can remember. Instead, we’ve gone with wheel covers as a society. They’re much bigger than the old hubcap and cover everything except the tire on your wheels.
And, they’re expensive. Typically, they’re designed from aluminum and have a fancy design and are not just a cover for the nuts. You’re stylin’ with them. On my car, they’re painted silver and on my wife’s Jeep, flat black. We certainly wouldn’t want anyone to steal them so they all come with a locking lug with the key that you should keep with the vehicle.
But Peter’s comment got me curious and so I checked out the offerings from the three local car dealers – Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler. Ever vehicle on the lot had wheel covers. Even the lest expensive and certainly that green Mustang had nice ones. There wasn’t a hubcap in sight. In fact, the last time I’ve seen a hubcap was on the police car that we passed while having our weekly outing for groceries.
They’re also available for purchase after you have your car. Our local tire dealer has a link to this visualizer.
Your thoughts for an isolated Sunday morning …
- do you have hubcaps or wheel covers on your car?
- can you describe the design of it?
- if you have a wheel cover, where do you keep the key to unlock it?
- how fancy a wheel cover do you opt to have? spinning? lighted?
- can you buy a new car with just hubcaps if you’re not a police service?
- do you use snow tires for the winter? If so, do you use hubcaps or do you just leave the lug nuts open to the elements? Or do you put your wheel cover back on?
I’d be most interested in your driving style. Please share it in the comments below.
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