Burglarproof Your Alloy Wheels
Many late-model vehicles come with alloy wheels and low-profile tires (there's a shorter distance between the rim and the tread). Because the rim rides so close to the pavement, shops are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of bent alloy wheels. Since new factory wheels cost upward of $300 each, vehicle owners usually opt for a used wheel from a recycling yard. And that's creating a shortage of used alloy wheels.
And the result is...you guessed it: alloy wheel theft is on the rise. Police reports show that thieves can strip all four wheels from a vehicle in about five minutes.
If you have alloy wheels, install locking lug nuts to deter the crooks. Locking lug nuts aren't foolproof, but it takes a special socket to remove them, and that slows down the thieves.
A set of four locking nuts costs about $40 from any auto parts store. Remove one lug nut from each wheel and install a locking nut in its place. Want more security? Add two per wheel. Is your wheel rusted on? Check out these tips for removing it.