Stay safe by moving away from reconditioned wheels

When replacing damaged wheels, only use new wheels that meet the original specifications for your Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicle.


Reconditioned, remanufactured, or refurbished wheels are wheels that are likely to have been subjected to re-machining, re-plating, welding, heating, bending, straightening, reforming, material removal or the addition of new material in an attempt to repair the wheel. Such repairs are strongly discouraged by GM and other automakers, as these types of repairs may damage the wheel’s structure and possibly cause the wheel to fail. To help curb the use of reconditioned wheels, GM and other automakers have issued written statements to collision repairers and estimators warning them of the potential dangers.

If your wheels are cracked, scraped, gouged, bent or otherwise damaged in a crash, replacing them with new wheels is the only way to be sure they’ll meet the original specifications of your make and model. Make sure to check with your repairer and/or insurer whether they’re using reconditioned wheels—your safety depends on it.

For aluminum wheels with minor cosmetic damage, check out the GM position statement for guidelines on the refinishing and coating process.

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