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    Hi all,

    I'm planning to get some aftermarket wheels and am wondering what others are doing with their factory wheels after they come off. Vendors and my dealership say there is virtually zero market for these and, even if I did sell them, I'd end up paying almost as much shipping them as I got out of them. Just wondering what others have done. Thanks.

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    I'd post them on Craig's List for $500 for local pick up. I bet they sell quick especially if they can be used on an earlier corvette.

    Other option is use them as hose reels around the house or shop.

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    • #3
      I Plan on keeping mine for all season tires and running summer only on a new set. You would think someone with an older chevy would want them; try an add on craigslist...or if you have a local hot rod shop post them there.
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      • #4
        Check out our for sale section. Some members have some their wheels. Of course as you know best if a local sale.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Psmithzr1 View Post
          I'd post them on Craig's List for $500 for local pick up. I bet they sell quick especially if they can be used on an earlier corvette.

          Other option is use them as hose reels around the house or shop.
          C8 wheels have a different bolt circle and larger studs.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by L79 View Post
            Vendors and my dealership say there is virtually zero market for these and, even if I did sell them, I'd end up paying almost as much shipping them as I got out of them.
            Whoever you talked to doesn't know what they are talking about and it I wouldn't ask them for advice again.
            Post the wheels for sale on here or on the other forum and they will sell. Going rate is $500-$700. People pay to ship them as well. Cheapest way is greyhound or Alaska Air Freight.

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            • #7
              Maybe not apples to apples, but I also own a Jeep Wrangler. Like many Wrangler owners do, we buy aftermarket rims. For Jeep rims, there is absolutely no 2nd market for the stock rims, unless maybe, only maybe, if they come with tires. A local custom jeep shop says he does not even waste his time trying to sell them. He scraps them every time anyone buys new rims. I ended up simply scrapping them at a local metal yard for around $12/rim if I remember right.

              The stock rims have grown on me since getting the car, but I still plan on getting a set of Vossen rims soon.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by L79 View Post
                Hi all,

                I'm planning to get some aftermarket wheels and am wondering what others are doing with their factory wheels after they come off. Vendors and my dealership say there is virtually zero market for these and, even if I did sell them, I'd end up paying almost as much shipping them as I got out of them. Just wondering what others have done. Thanks.
                Demand is very LOW in my area. I see them rotting on Facebook week after week. I have an idea for you. I'm going to powder coat my old set bronze or black when I want a different look, slap them on. My aftermarkets will be a polished aluminum (Bright). Of course, some people put their winter tires on them.

                But you can have them chromed or powder coated:-) Do something fun with them???? Powder coating should be around 100 bucks a wheel.

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                • #9
                  I bought a set and put a set of AS tires on them. I'll use the summer tires in the summer on my other OEM wheels.

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                  • #10
                    Save them for when you sell the car. Take off the aftermarket wheels, and sell separately. You will recoup more of your money that way (know from experience).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by L79 View Post
                      Hi all,

                      I'm planning to get some aftermarket wheels and am wondering what others are doing with their factory wheels after they come off. Vendors and my dealership say there is virtually zero market for these and, even if I did sell them, I'd end up paying almost as much shipping them as I got out of them. Just wondering what others have done. Thanks.
                      Hey L79, I see your location says Vancouver, WA. R & K C8 is a bit north of Seattle I think and was interested in purchasing some stock C8 wheels for his auto cross sessions. If you're interested in selling, you should try reaching out to him and perhaps you guys can meet somewhere which would take the shipping hassle out of it as well. -Mike

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                      • #12
                        L79
                        I am interested in these wheels.
                        But not sure how you would get them to me in British Columbia, at the border bit north of you.
                        I can't cross the border, so you would have to figure out how to get them to me just on the North side of the border.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by clear33765 View Post
                          Maybe not apples to apples, but I also own a Jeep Wrangler. Like many Wrangler owners do, we buy aftermarket rims. For Jeep rims, there is absolutely no 2nd market for the stock rims, unless maybe, only maybe, if they come with tires. A local custom jeep shop says he does not even waste his time trying to sell them. He scraps them every time anyone buys new rims. I ended up simply scrapping them at a local metal yard for around $12/rim if I remember right.
                          I’ve bought OEM Jeep rims from eBay before. When the stock rims on my 02 TJ got rock rashed and gnarly, I bought a set of takeoffs from a new Rubicon for 4 or 5 hundred bucks shipped. Just the rims, no tires.

                          I guess the moral of the story is, you never know what could happen if you don’t at least try.


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                          • #14
                            In Canada with its colder climate, the OEM rims are more in demand and that will increase as more 2021 C8's make their way here: C8 owners with the Z51 package and summer tires, want them for all-season and/or (heaven forbid) winter grips...

                            So I suspect it depends on what part of the country you're in and whether people need different tires on their C8's and don't want to buy a second set of expensive after-market rims. Buying a set of "slightly used" (low mileage) but otherwise perfect rims, is a large cost savings over buying new OEM rims which you know will work well with the car. So I wouldn't write them off as having no value and the idea of swapping them out with the more expensive after-market rims when selling the car, is a good idea if the buyer won't pay a reasonable price for the after-markets.

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                            • #15
                              I sold mine to a friend in our Corvette Club, for $500, who also has a C8, and wanted a set of wheels for track days. Most guys who are obsessive "track enthusiasts." are always in the market for a second set of wheels.
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