A NEW DIRECTION FOR YOUR CAR
REGULAR drivers spend ample time with their hands wrapped around a steering wheel and plenty of time looking at it. So it makes sense to have one that is comfortable and looks great.
Car Toys sales executive Marilyn Monteleone says a new steering wheel is a relatively cheap way to personalise your ride.
‘‘Your main point of contact with a vehicle is a steering wheel,’’ she says. ‘‘If someone buys a secondhand car, people look to put a new steering wheel on there to give it that new car feel.’’
Mrs Monteleone says steering wheels can range in price from about $100 to more than $500.
Car Toys specialises in renowned Italian brand Momo, whose steering wheels are on the more expensive side. ‘‘As soon as you hold a cheap steering wheel next to a Momo steering wheel, you will see why they (Momos) are more expensive,’’ Mrs Monteleone says. ‘‘They are the most popular and highest quality brand.’’
Simon Moyle from Sprint Auto Parts at Kilkenny says steering wheels come in styles to suit all drivers.
‘‘You can get some with a flat bottom and different colours,’’ he says. ‘‘We find a lot of people like to match it to the colour of their car.
‘‘You can get a little bit more steering response but a lot of people do it for the visual aspect.
‘‘Blacks and the reds are the most common and some people tend to like multi-colour steering wheels.’’
Buyers should be mindful that steering wheel replacements must obey strict safety requirements and not all cars can have new steering wheels fitted.
When buying a new steering wheel, a boss kit must also be fitted to ensure the horn and indicators work. Sprint Auto Parts stock boss kits from $80. Car Toys fit steering wheels in their workshop and offer a personalised steering wheel re-trim service where the wheel cannot be replaced. Car Toys, 8346 2555. Sprint Auto Parts Kilkenny,
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