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Old 05-07-2012, 05:44 PM
 
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I live in the Toronto area and I had been noticing a trend
of having no wheel covers/hub caps.

Is this supposed to look cool?
Some even add chrome lug nuts
Maybe I'm old school but I don't get it.
Sometimes on a black car it looks cool but
to me it usually makes the car look "unfinished".

Also, I'm thinking it might be just a Toronto trend,
when I went down to Buffalo recently I only saw one car
without wheel covers, an old 70's beater
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Penfield, NY
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Almost every taxicab in NYC runs without hubcaps. Also, lotta cop cars run this way too.

I assume no hubcaps=nothing for old man winter / salt to ruin over time.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:48 PM
 
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Many people in the snow belt leave their hubcaps off the car when switching to winter tires and rims then put the hubcaps back on in the spring with the summer tires..
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Moderate conservative for Obama.
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Cheaper and one less thing to worry about, s'all about practicallity.
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Old 05-07-2012, 05:51 PM
 
Location: 'Murica
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I think they look cool with white-letter tires. And maybe even some clearcoat on the wheel itself, so the car doesn't look so "unfinished"
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Old 05-07-2012, 06:43 PM
 
Location: La Jolla, CA
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I never had them on the wheels I used for snow tires. The wheels were just black steel wheels with a bunch of round holes, pretty standard design.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:03 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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When I had a car with wheel covers, I took them off. If I had a new car with wheel covers, I might take them off. My truck is missing a center cap- I never put it back on after a brake job several years ago.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I vehicles look cool without wheel covers. Mostly because my van is missing the wheel covers and I'm too cheap to buy a set.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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The only thing worse than hub caps are wheels that are missing hub caps.
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Old 05-08-2012, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Poway, CA
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No hubcaps = lame.

3 out of 4 hubcaps = lamer

Just my guess as to why some may do it.

Mike
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