Thursday, November 29, 2012

Have Fun with Truck Bed Accessories!

Aluminum Bed CapsSome people come to own their vehicles randomly. Talk to a classic Mustang driver, for example; he or she is quite likely to tell you that a parent or grandparent passed down the vehicle. How you came to own your truck, however, doesn’t matter. Whether you’ve got a brand new baby or an old fashioned classic, you should know that truck bed accessories can make all of the difference between cool and downright crazy. You want your truck to stand out, be stylish, and show who you are. A fresh-from-the factory truck can’t do that, but a truck with the right auto truck accessories from Auto Truck Depot certainly can!

While there are a wide range of truck bed accessories to choose from, we just have to say that we love the aluminum bed cap. This stylish product fits all the way around your truck’s bed, offering shiny, affordable protection that looks and works great. Not only will it make your truck more beautiful, but it can also reduce the risk of theft, vandalism, and accidental impact by being so visible.

There are many other accessories to choose from as well. If you happen to be on a budget (and who isn’t in this economy?) we suggest you take the time to think about your needs first and your wants second. Buy the products that are truly going to help you get the most use, protection, and enjoyment out of your truck. Later, you can think about products that add beauty and style. The great thing about a bed cap, however, is that it offers both, and all at a price you can afford.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

To Guard and Protect Your Hood

When it comes to truck accessories, hood protectors are some of the most hotly debated products out there. A lot of people say that they look funny, are expensive, and aren’t really necessary—that they don’t serve a real purpose. Other people, however, are firmly entrenched in the opposite camp. They swear by the virtues of hood protectors. These are usually people who have gotten their protectors from a good source, like Auto Truck Depot, and thus enjoy all of the benefits that go along with a good, quality protector.

No matter where you stand on this issue, we urge you only to be staunch in your decision when you can honestly say you have given quality hood protectors a fair try. Most people who give them a real shot, even if it’s just by driving someone else’s vehicle, end up seeing their importance.

Good protectors live up to their name; they protect your vehicle’s hood, windshield, and fenders from dents, chips, and scratches, all of which can be unsightly and extremely expensive to repair.  Plus, the quality ones have a unique, streamlined appearance (no bulk!) that can actually make your vehicle more attractive, not less!

If you’ve never tried a protector or a good one before, we suggest you give the affordable Hood Guard a shot! Priced at under a hundred dollars, this protector keeps you free from ugly damage. Plus, it is guaranteed not to flex, flutter, or bend, no matter how fast you go. It works with a wide range of vehicles, is quick and easy to install, and can be washed regularly with no problem! We know that once you try one, you’ll never go back to driving without it!

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hottest Tonneau Cover

Are you looking for the mother of all tonneau covers? If so, then it’s time to step up to the Bakflip G2, the newest innovation in these protective covers. Like no other cover, this model can protect your precious cargo from everything Mother Nature can throw at it. Sun damage, rain and other precipitation, and even the heaviest winds don’t stand a chance with this cover blocking them. Your cargo will also be protected from collisions and impact and from sticky fingers when your cargo is left unattended!

The Bak Bakflip G2 is constructed entirely of metal, meaning nothing is getting through this cover! Unlike covers made from soft materials, you don’t have to worry about moisture seeping through and damaging your goods. Plus, the panels on this cover move easily, allowing you to access your cargo without hassle and, when you don’t want to use the cover, you simply move the panels to expose the bed. There’s really no need to take this cover off—ever. Use it when you want and forget about it when you don’t! Installation is incredibly simple as well, and you don’t need a professional to do it in most cases.

You can find this and other great, innovative new covers at Auto Truck Depot. Just make sure that you choose a cover designed to work with your specific truck. Have the make, model, year, and other important information close by as you browse. That way, picking the right cover will be a breeze. Once you place your order, your package should arrive shortly, and you can install your cover and start enjoying it right away!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Protect Your Vehicles Floor

Image 1There’s a longstanding debate in the automotive community about whether floor liners or floor mats are better for a vehicle. Before you can take a stance on the issue, it is important that you understand the difference between these two products. Both floor liners and floor mats are designed to keep your automobiles interior free from unsightly stains and to protect against normal wear and tear on the floor of a vehicle. Car mats are meant to lie flat against the floorboards and usually have a special design that allows them to trap debris and keep it from spilling over onto the floor itself. Liners are different in that they feature walls extending over your floorboard’s sides. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Liners, for example, tend to be better at protecting against liquid spills, while mats are good at keeping dirt at bay. You should simply evaluate which kind of staining is more likely to happen with your vehicle and which one you want to protect against the most viciously. No matter what you choose, be sure to select a product made by a high quality manufacturer and crafted from durable materials. Auto Truck Depot has some of the best products around, so it’s easy to browse through the large selection and find a product that’s just perfect for you.

Husky is a great brand available through the store, and it makes both liners and mats. However, we really can’t get enough of the Husky floor liners. These liners are very affordable, costing less than $100, and will work to protect the back of your vehicle from all kinds of spills, stains, and normal wear.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Your Guide to Buying a Used Truck

English: 1997 Ford F-150 XLT
English: 1997 Ford F-150 XLT (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re on a tight budget but still want to own a pickup truck, then one of your best options is to buy used. Used trucks, as long as you choose carefully, can work just as well as their newer counterparts and are often much more affordable. When buying used trucks, however, you have to know how to ask the right questions and what kinds of things to look for. Of course, even the right questions won’t help you if you’re not dealing with an honest seller in the first place, so make sure you take care of that before anything else. Do your research, and only work with used sellers who have a good reputation.

You’ll always want to find out whether or not the truck in question was a work or commercial vehicle. If so, then it may have more wear and tear than a truck that was personally owned. While this doesn’t mean you can’t buy former commercial trucks, it does mean you need to be even more selective. Certain parts of the truck, including the tie rods and ball joints, may need replacing or a little TLC to work as well as you hope. Check out the truck bed too. If trucks have been regularly protected by truck lids, also known as tonneau covers, then they will likely have fewer signs of use back there. If truck lids weren’t used, however, you can expect to see dings and scratches that may be difficult and expensive to remove. If you do get a truck with a bed that’s in good shape, keep it that way by buying your own cover; these are widely available from Auto Truck Depot at affordable prices.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Snow Will be Here Soon

There is an art to using snow plows, which is something that many people don’t realize. Most people, in fact, just purchase a plow and then set to using it in the way they have been taught or that seems like the most reasonable. Unfortunately, they often end up causing damage to their plow or not getting the job done as quickly or as well. It’s important to properly prepare a yard or other area for snow plow usage and then to plow correctly.

Correct preparation for plowing means having plenty of safety equipment in tow, just in case something goes wrong. Keep a fire extinguisher, basic tools, a flashlight, first aid supplies, and other helpful items in easy reach. For best results, you’ll also want to keep additional hydraulic fluids and hoses, as well as additional bolts at hand. Make sure you’ve got the correct tire pressure for using the plow, that your engine belt and all hoses are in good shape, and that correct fluid levels are maintained all around. Everything on your vehicle should be working and working properly! It’s even better if you can add in backup lights. Finally, check for any issues or damages to your plow, paying special attention to the cutting edge.

When you’ve done all this, you’ll want to refer to your owner’s manual for other tips and advice on plowing techniques. Snow plows, as you can see, have to be used carefully and properly for a safe and pleasant experience. One plow that is very easy to use and that you can get at an affordable rate from Auto Truck Depot is the Snow Pusher. You still have to prepare properly and use caution when operating, but this one makes it a simpler job than most!

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Dangers of Driving without a Truck Lid

Picture this scenario—you’re moving to a new home, and you’ve loaded up the back of your truck with all of your favorite and most valuable possessions. Electronics, appliances, clothes, furniture, and everything else are stored in the back of your truck. You assume they’re all safe, so you start driving, only to get caught in a sudden and unexpected rain storm. By the time you reach shelter, all of your goods are soaking wet, and many of them are ruined. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only scenario that could happen either. There could also be heavy winds that cause lighter items to go flying away, or you could get into a wreck, which could send your goods bouncing out of the back of your truck and onto the road. The list just goes on and on, and sadly, these kinds of incidents happen all the time. The good news, however, is that there is something you can do to protect your most precious cargo. That something is to buy and use truck lids every time you’re traveling with goods in tow.

These covers, when purchased from the right retailer, are inexpensive, reliable, and built to stand the test of time. For a selection of products that have all of these qualities and then some, you need look no further than Auto Truck Depot. There, you can find a wide range of covers, including products from the trusted Truxedo line. Truxedo is an extremely reputable manufacturer of automotive accessories, so not only do you buy from a respected retailer, but you also buy a product made by a big name in the industry, one that everyone knows and trusts.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lets Bike

Swagman XTC4
If you’re into biking, then there are some hot spots you should definitely check out. One great place is the Route of the Hiawatha, which spans both Idaho and Montana. This is a long, winding trail that takes you through the majestic St. Paul Pass tunnel, and Clear Creek Trestle. Plus, if you’re not up to making the trip back by bike, you can take the shuttle!

If that doesn’t sound like the place for you, then we recommend the George S. Mickelson Trail, based in South Dakota. This is a long trail—110 miles, but it takes you right through the heart of the gorgeous Black Hills. If you want to take in lovely scenery and feel at one with nature, this is certainly the trail for you.

Another great place is the Greenbrier River Trail, located in West Virginia. This is a shorter, 79 mile trail that takes you through major state parks and towering forests. It’s another one that’s intended for the nature lovers. Likewise, the East Bay Bicycle Path of Rhode Island is a good choice. It’s suitable for riders of all skill levels, at a brief 14 miles but you’ll get to take in Narragansett Bay, Brown University, and some lovely parks.

If you want the freedom to get to all of these places and more, then you’re going to need some bike racks on your vehicle. You should choose your bike racks based on how many bikes you plan to transport and the size, make, and model of your bikes. You want something very secure and functional, but also attractive, and the place to find it is at Auto Truck Depot. Be sure to check out the awesome Swagman XTC4.

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Advantages of Owning a Pickup

There are many wonderful things about owning a pickup truck. First of all, you’ll never have to wonder “How am I going to get that home?” ever again. If you see a piece of furniture you want, a large appliance, or anything else, you can rest assured that you’ll have a way of getting it back to your home. Your truck can also come in handy for helping with your friends and family members too. Anytime someone moves or needs an object transported, you’ve got it covered! Some people have even used their pickup trucks for financial gain, by charging to haul objects from one place to another. For those who regularly carry goods, pickup truck covers are a must since they’ll protect the cargo from weather, accidents, sun damage, and more.

Another great thing about pickup trucks is that they tend to be some of the safest vehicles on the road today. Most are built incredibly strong, using the toughest possible materials. Furthermore, they tend to sit higher up than most vehicles, which not only lets you feel more in control, but also makes you more aware of and better able to see what’s happening around you. This can enable you to avoid accidents.

Pickup trucks, with their hefty tires, are also great for tough weather conditions. No matter how much snow and sleet are on the ground, your truck will likely be able to power through with ease and safety. Just make sure you’ve got all of the right truck accessories, including those pickup truck covers we mentioned earlier, to help you make the most of your truck. In addition to pick up covers, you can find many other accessories at Auto TruckDepot.

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