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I wonder how much damage was done to the vehicles seeing as they're not even on bricks?
The OP did also state that one of the vehicles had locking lug nuts on and they didn't touch that one, so take that as you will. It's amazing how they managed to actually remove 72 wheels and haul them away. Must have turned up with a U-Haul and an air compressor in back; wonder if they used the dealership's outlet to power it?
Yeah oem wheels are big business on Craig's and Ebay. It sucks because you used to be able to score a deal on a full set of OEM take-offs, like $300-$500 for a full set of alloys and tires with only 100-200 miles on them.
Then this kind of stuff went crazy and now people want like $1000 for a set of middle of the road tires and somewhat ugly stock wheels.
They're not going to scrap the wheels. The "chrome clad" wheels used on a lot of high-end American trucks are worth a lot, because they're very expensive to buy from the dealer, and they can't be repaired or refinished if the chrome face is curbed. It's nothing but a plastic wheel cover, but it's permanently glued to the wheel, so the entire wheel has to be replaced. These wheels will probably end up on ebay and sell for a few hundred each.
This is 3-4 people job, 2 trucks and one aircompressor. Even if this retail for wheel and tire is $500ea, they will sell em for $300 max. CL and EBay is off limits for next year.
This went to a tire shop most likely. Maybe an inside job from the dealer if the suvs weren't selling. Smells like insurance scam.
doubt an air compressor was used too loud prob just those handheld craftsmen impacts mine was $100 with two batteries and a charger without the battery its $60 so for $160 you get 2 impacts
and yeah tires were sold to tire places and the wheels will prob be sold back to the dealership by way of the place that bought them
I agree with Sporin and Derek. Considering the rarity of these wheels and the magnitude of the job, sounds more like an insurance scam by the dealership.
But even then, you'd still need a team of people there who'd all benefit from this. 72 wheels takes a LOT of space.