Most car owners these days are a little ignorant about what all of the parts of the car are, what goes in it, what comes of it and what makes it work. Some are just not really that interested, and in many ways I cannot blame them, for most of us a car is a tool to get us from one place to another.
There are others though that knows absolutely everything there is to know, possibly right down to how many nuts and bolts and screws there are within the whole car. Again I really cannot blame them either, for some people cars are a passion, much like I have a passion for sport… I know everything on that subject.
I am somewhere in the middle of both, I know a little about cars but not every last detail. Could I take the car apart and put it back together again? Not a chance, I wouldn’t even know where to start, but I know how to change a tyre and make little tweaks under the hood.
Hubcaps Versus Wheel Covers – Whats The Difference?
One thing I didn’t realise up until now is that hubcaps and wheel covers are actually different. I was happy to learn though that I am not in a minority here, in fact many people do not fully understand the difference.
There are many of us that have gone on for years that they are the same, however recently I found out that they were different. I discovered the truth when I used the word wheel covers when I wanted my hub caps replaced; the smug assistant gleefully remarked that I had meant to say “hubcaps”.
Let me explain the core differences to you:
The hubcaps main purpose is to cover just the hub section on the wheel; this is where the wheel is actually mounted on to the car and where all the lug nuts are. They cover just the centre part of the wheel and usually range in size between 2 and 10 inches, obviously depending on how big the wheel is.
They are designed to be attached and detached easily in the event of a tyre change, they usually simply just snap on and off.
Wheel covers on the other hand cover the entire wheel, which more and more new models of vehicles are venturing into. They will usually be found on trucks and lorries; they are designed to be stronger whilst also for an aesthetical look.
Wheels on trucks for example are a lot bigger than that of a car, this means there are many more wheel nuts etc, this can look unsightly. This is where good quality steel wheels can come in; they can make the wheel look attractive whilst offering the protection needed.
They are usually available in a wide variety of styles and can be made from good quality metals or a simple plastic… depending on your budget and tastes.