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I've just ordered a new CRV Touring. I ordered black wheels instead of the standard. My dealer tells me they are a dealer installed option... and backed that up with a healthy $ increase.

What's with that?

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2017 CRV Touring - Pearl White w Black Interior
9,864 Posts
Right location for your thread. (y) And welcome to the CRV forum. :)

Yes, this is normal. Hondas ship with fixed configurations of tires and wheels from the factory. At the same time, Honda does offer dealers addon accessories or styling that can be added by dealers as they prep a vehicle for sale. Honda does not have a program where owners can fill out a configuration list and have a vehicle "spec assembled" to said configuration list. Instead, Honda offers certain OEM accessories or upgrades that can be applied by dealers.

When any OEM approved item is added by a dealer before a new vehicle is sold, the Honda 3/36 warranty will apply unless specifically stipulated otherwise by Honda. But in choosing to do so by the buyer, the dealer is going to charge you for parts and labor to install. Best you can possibly hope for is some level of exchange credit for the OEM stock wheels that come with the vehicle. This is really the only advantage of having a dealer put upgraded wheels on your CRV.

It has been this way for many years. Keep in mind, dealers like this because addons/upgrades are high profit margins for them, whereas a stock vehicle from the factory has very limited margins for them.

If I wanted custom wheels not offered stock by Honda, I would be shopping at Discount Tire / Americas Tire. They have a huge selection and they are an outstanding tire store chain that stands behind their work and sold products. I would be you will find your best bottom line price there as well.

If it is Honda logo'ed wheels you seek, then follow BoostedV's guidance above.

2015 CRV AWD EX-L, 2020 CRV AWD Hybrid Touring
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A thought...if you happen to live in the snow belt, save the factory wheels and buy a set of snow tires for them!
If not, agree, have the stuff added after, and sell your wheels to someone from the snow belt who want's snow tires!

Everything in Moderation
2006 CR-V EX, 5MT
12,002 Posts
The Acura wheels on our CR-V presently, were take-offs. Got 'em CHEAP. 30 years of winter use, starting to corrode, but still look good from 20 ft away.!

I'll just mention that factory wheels will hold up better (IME) than aftermarket. I know that the clear-coat on Factory wheels seems a lot thicker than any aftermarket brand.


So anyway, I agree with buying another set of wheels, in a style you like, after the sale. Sell your old ones.

2014 EX-L AWD
312 Posts
just remember to GET THE FACTORY WHEELS BACK if you upgrade. some dealer's will conveniently forget to give you the factory wheels when you upgrade. you already paid for those! make sure you get them back. even if you don't want can sell to help offset the cost of the new ones.

i watched it happen whilst i waited at a dealership few years back. a customer had purchased a new Civic and had the fancy 19" black wheels installed with new tires. service writer came in and said black civic, all done. two of us got up as i too have a black civic. he pointed to the other guy. as he approached the door, he could see his old wheels weren't nowhere to be seen. he asked where his factory wheels were? they gave a dumbfounded look as to 'huh?'. he asked, those are my wheels, and i want them, i already bought those. then it was, oh, they must have forgot to put them back inside your car. let me run it back there and get them for you.

customer stood there at the door, speaking out loud, seriously, are they effing kidding me? they were going to keep my old wheels? wtf....he was ticked off for a lack of better words here (NSFW language). i hadn't thought of this as i don't buy wheels from the dealer. now, i would.

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Check how much more they are asking for?

I was trying to source one OEM 18 inch one from the dealer to keep as spare. They told not available even for an order and better check outside.

Outside/online I got price quotes from 250$ to 500$ for one wheel. Search still ongoing.
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