I've been away for a while and just found this topic and although a month gone, still worth a comment.
I bought Rotas a few years ago.
When I spun them on a balancer they were not good. Lucky I bought enough rims I was able to pick out the best to make a set. The worst rim needed 80g to balance. I have seen cars on the street with more weights than that, but for me a brand new rim should spin true and balanced.
I contacted Rota in Perth and they said "those rims are not ours". So yes - like Gav said, sometimes things are not real and all that glitters is not gold. But just because Rota Perth say 'not ours', does that mean they are not Rotas? But they are Rotas. Perth is the import agent, not the point of manufacturer. If you look up 'Rota Australia' website today the contact number is (07) Qld. Ask them any questions and they will tell you....As part of our ordering process we ask our customers to supply us with details on their car. This means that whenever an order is placed we are able to check that the correct part is delivered. Therefore if you order a set of alloy wheels we can check with our supplier that they will fit your registered car.
.........We source all of our wheels from Rota Wheels and do not hold physical stock of any wheels. All orders are shipped from Rota Wheels Australia, directly to yourself.
Note the bold text.....They are just a retailer and not top dog. Actually they are distributors for the Australian distributor. There are many hands to feed along the way from point of manufacturer to end user, this naturally affects the price, so I would not be surprised if some Rotas in country arrived via a different and cheaper route.
I contacted the seller in Sydney, who offered a refund, but I had to pay freight to send them back.
Now the Rotas I kept are great, no doubt, so how is it that the others were so bad?
QUALITY ASSURANCE & QUALITY CONTROL.
You might get a bad one but does that mean they are all bad? Not necessarily. And maybe you are just extra fussy (like me) and don't accept what others will.
So, wether you buy expensive or cheap, be sure and get a warranty and gaurantee that if you are not satisfied you can get your money back.
Rota Australia legal gaf here: http://www.rotawheels.com.au/legal
Check out Replica Rotas here: http://www.alibaba.c...-suppliers.html
Official Rota website - Philippine Aluminum Wheels, Inc. (PAWI).: http://www.rotawheels.com/contact.php
Find the only Australian Distributor listed is:
Vision R / Rota Wheels Australia
Unit 3/18 Hines Rd, O’Connor, Perth, Western Australia 6163
Phone: +61 (08) 9314 3444
Fax: +61 (08) 9331 3480
And Rota Wheels Australia lists its distributors and agents within Australia, 2 of which are in Qld.
And 1 of the Qld distributors uses this web address (just to confuse you): http://www.rotaaustr.../contact_us.php
Later I bought wider Watanabes.