I purchased a new Range Rover Supercharged in December 2008 from the Encino, CA Land Rover Dealership.
They offered me a set of Marinello 22" chrome rims for $6k (Discounted from $10k) - And the rim company they contract with for these is CalChrome.com
Here is a pic of them new:
I am a bit of a clean freak, so I have the car washed and detailed almost weekly.
However, here is what the rims look like after 10 months:
The rim company is considering this "salt damage" - not covered under warranty. You see, I moved a mile away from the beach in San Diego 3 months ago.
My question is: Is it possible for this sort of thing to happen by simply living near the beach for 3 months, with a garage kept car?
I wonder why I wasn't made aware of this possibility when I purchased. After all, Encino is only about 10 miles from the beach itself.
Please let me know what you think, as I'm wondering if the "quality" of these rims is the true culprit. They said this always happens to chrome rims near the beach. They recommended I pay them to powder coat them white.