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Center Caps for Rims? Aftermarket Center Caps vs OEM Center Caps

It is such a small part, but also so important. The center cap on your wheels or rims, while decorative, also help to keep your wheel in good working order. The problem is you probably have never shopped for a center cap, or really know whether you want an aftermarket wheel center cap or an original OEM wheel cap. That is what we hear at Hubcap Haven Auto, Wheel, and Trim are here to help you figure out. Keep reading to find out all you ever wanted to know about the world of OEM Center Caps for Rims versus Aftermarket Automotive wheel caps. 

What is a Wheel Center Cap? 

What is a center cap? A center cap is the decorative disk on a vehicle’s wheel that covers the central portion of the wheel called the hub. Sometimes Center Caps are referred to as Wheel Center Caps, Wheel Caps, Rim Caps, or Wheel Centers.

What is the difference? Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts match those that came with your car, and are the same as your car, truck, van, or SUV’s original parts. The OEM may have the Chevy, Ford, Honda and Dodge logo on them where the aftermarket will not due to trademark infringement and this is also going to factor the price difference. Aftermarket parts are less expensive, and made by different manufacturers. Aftermarket parts also come at varying price points and levels of quality, but they are generally less expensive.

Are there Aftermarket versions for all center caps? Although it may be less expensive, not all center caps have an Aftermarket option. At the end of the day the only difference is who makes the parts, because both types are regulated and inspected.

What’s Next? 

Now that you have an understanding of what a wheel center cap is, and how it is incorporated into your vehicle’s wheel or rim, you are ready to get your next set of center caps for your car, truck, van, or SUV. The expert team at Hubcap Haven Auto, Wheel, and Trim is here to help you find the wheel center caps you need, as well as any other wheel or rim related part you might need. Shop for all of your wheel needs today at