Yeah these guys are probably gonna make some decent coin once they hustle the rimz.
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.
"Your pants too tight,your wheels too bright"
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.
2003 Jetta 2.0 5MT
Reflex Silver: Longbeaches, tint
8v Society #41
the dealership I sell for just had four Venzas with all the wheels and tires stolen this week. We're small town dealership with no prior need for security cameras but they're being installed quickly. We've had stolen tailgates and wheels and tires off of F 150 as well. OEM parts are expensive.
The only other car I know with 6 lug wheels are the Kia/Hyundai minivan twins. But I don't know the exact bolt pattern. And oh yeah, the first gen. Cadillac CTS-V.
Even if the all three share the same bolt pattern, it's not like you'll see the Kia/Hyundai minivans and CTS-V on every other shopping mall parking lot.
Maybe there's enough owners of older Chevy Traverse out there who wants new rimz.
So every dealership I have ever driven by at night is lit up like a Christmas tree and on main roads. So nobody noticed or saw either a large truck or several cars parked in a lot with people scrambling around making all kinds of noise with impact guns, wrenches, etc.
I guess I just live in a more populated area because that would never happen to the dealers near me. Between surveillance (which can be live feed to someone watching a screen), locked entry gates (typically alarmed as well), police patrol; they wouldn't get far.
Also this brings up my other point on the accountability of scrap yards. If some guy who is not a contractor or some other worker (plumber, HVAC, etc.) shows up at a yard with a load of copper or some other high commodity item, wouldn't that raise suspicion. Of course they melt it down or shred it up and all evidence is gone. Kinda sucks that they just take whatever from whoever at the scrap yards without any checks and balances in place.
That usually turns up a ton of results. Looks like the only other option is Saturn Outlook
Last edited by deucestudios; 10-11-2012 at 02:38 PM.
98 wrangler build