Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, stock 17" wheel replacement opinion in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; bought the car over a month ago from a private party. few days later the wife pointed out a dented ...
bought the car over a month ago from a private party. few days later the wife pointed out a dented front wheel... felt some light vibrations at hwy speeds so I had the wheels and tires balanced. completely smooth ride now. but I cant leave well enough alone. I didn't want the dented "ugly" wheel so I bought a used one on ebay. from my searching I found two types of wheel finishes for this wheel painted silver and polished alloy. I purchased the polished alloy. once it got here I can see its not exactly the same finish. if I send it back theres a $50restocking fee plus I pay for shipping. (cost $150 on ebay) what would you guys do? keep the replacement wheel and mount it? send it back and eat the restocking and shipping fee? 20130906_130711_zpsda9712a0.jpg20130906_130613_zps66315374.jpg
It almost looks like your originals are chrome, if not they were very well maintained because the polished finish Definately fades over time & starts to look dull. If the originals are in fact polished you should be able to go to any local wheel shop & have the 1 you just bought re-polished to match the OE's, if your OE's were chromed then ask that same wheel shop where you can have the new one Chromed.
I knocked an inch-long chunk out of the lip of a rear staggered 17" last year, finally had it fixed, this year, and besides the TINIEST bit of bluing where they worked, on it, and I know it's there only because I was looking, very closely, for anything, it's perfect.