So dumb question; does everyone keep an extra set of rims with their winter tires as well, or do they get mounted and unmounted every year?
I started buying winter snow tires after putting my car in the ditch one snowy day. No ditch problems since.
The first few years, I had the shop swap them onto the rims fall and spring. Then I realized it was a better idea to get a set of winter wheels. I went cheap and got steel wheels. They looked like crap, and they never balanced correctly, so last year I went back to the wheel swap.
I recently got a new(er) car, and since it is younger, I decided to upgrade the winter wheel/tire situation. Fortunately, the old tires still have a couple of seasons in them, and they fit the new(er) car. But since I expect to be driving this car for the next ten years at least, I went ahead and bought a decent set of aftermarket wheels. I bought them darker to hide the winter grime, and I couldn't be happier with the look, the ride, and the ability to quickly swap them at home rather than drive to the shop and wait for them to do it. I'd actually prefer to swap my own wheels so that I can rotate them at the same time. It's faster to do it at home than load them up, drive to the shop, wait around, drive home, unload them. Now if I could just get someone to make me popcorn while I swap them...
With the new(er) car, I have the joy of TPMS, and being the semi-cheapskate that I am, I decided to not buy the sensors for the new wheels. The shop would mount the tires to the wheels, but not mount the wheels to the car. This was fine because it saved me $250 for sensors. BUT, now I have a constant tire pressure reminder light on my dash, and it's also keeping me from resetting the service light from the recent oil change.
But shoot, I saved $250, so well worth it.