Monday, December 30, 2013

Truck Box Liner Options

If you have a truck, then you absolutely need a truck box liner to protect it. You should know, however, that there are tons of different liners available, and it can take a little work to find the absolute best one to meet your needs. Fortunately, though, if you shop at Auto Truck Depot, you can easily find all kinds of liners in one convenient place and at a price to fit your budget.
Since there are so many different liners available, it’s usually best to first narrow down your choices. Decide what material you want your liner to be made from and, from there, you can at least limit your search to liners made from that material. There are benefits and drawbacks to all liner materials, and it’s really just about finding the liner material that works for you.

One of the cheaper, but often not as durable, options for truck box liner material is plastic. You can also find easy spray-in liners, rubber liners, wood liners, and more; with so many options available, you’d better start shopping now!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Managing Your Truck Bed

One of the greatest things about owning a truck is the fact that you have a truck bed ready to use at any time. Your truck bed can haul cargo, transport additional pets and people, and even provide a cozy place to camp out under the stars. However, without the right truck bed accessories, your truck bed can’t do everything you want it to; for this reason, you’ll want to give some thought to what accessories you’ll get the most use out of and then invest in the ones you truly want and need.

Image 1One very good accessory to have, especially if you regularly haul cargo, is a cargo gate. These gates can keep your items from sliding off of your truck bed and out onto the street. Cargo bars are also quite good at keeping items secured, and they’re even better at sectioning cargo areas to keep your items organized.

There are also cargo nets, truck bed extenders, swing cases, hitch racks, lock boxes, and many other great truck bed accessories available, and you can find all of them at Auto Truck Depot.
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Choosing a Truck Box

truck_box.jpgAre you shopping for a truck box? If so, you’ll want to give some real thought to the shopping process to ensure that you end up making a purchase you can feel good about. Obviously, the first thing you’ll want to consider is what you intend to put into the box. That will determine what size of box you’ll need; make sure you keep in mind the overall size of your truck bed as well and how much room the box will take up in your truck bed.
Once you know the size of truck box you’ll need, take care to choose a box that’s made of a strong, durable material, one that won’t rust, rot, or be easily damaged due to wear and tear or exposure to natural elements. You should also consider whether or not you want a box that’s capable of locking and if there are any other features that would come in handy.

You can find a wide variety of boxes to choose from by shopping at Auto Truck Depot.
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Friday, December 20, 2013

Towing Trailers Safely

Trailers are a wonderful vehicle accessory to own; they allow you to tow large amounts of cargo without filling up or weighing down your vehicle. It’s important, however, to take precautions to ensure that you are traveling as safely as possible when you use your trailer. In fact, any time you are planning to go somewhere with your trailer attached, you should perform a quick safety inspection first.
The first thing you’ll want to look at is the pin that attaches the ball mount to the receiver; check to make sure that pin is safe and secure. Then, move on to check the hitch coupler, which can be found on all trailer hitches. Also make sure the spring bar hinges are firmly attached and then attach the safety clips if applicable and the safety chains.

You will need to perform these easy checks with all trailer hitches; however, you can reduce the likelihood of ever encountering a problem if you’re using only the highest quality hitches, such as those that can be found at Auto Truck Depot.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tips for Traveling with Cargo

So, you’ve got your truck loaded down with cargo and are about to head out—not so fast, though. Did you know that, if you don’t take the proper precautions, traveling with a lot of cargo can be very dangerous? Fortunately, you can ensure safe travels by keeping a few simple tips in mind.
TonneauCovers.jpgFor starters, make sure you’ve packed only the bare necessities and that you haven’t gone over the recommended carrying weight for your vehicle. Carrying too much cargo cannot only reduce your gas mileage, causing you to have to stop and fill up more frequently, but it can also increase the risk of a vehicle rollover.

Once you’ve made sure that you aren’t carrying too much cargo, sit down in the driver’s seat and glance around to ensure that your cargo isn’t arranged in such a way so as to block your view of other drivers on the road. Also make sure that everything is properly secured and won’t go flying off the back of your vehicle. Tonneau covers can really come in handy for keeping items secured and, as an added bonus, they provide extra security for your cargo if you have to leave it unattended. You can find tonneau covers and other great cargo carrying accessories at Auto Truck Depot
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Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Best Brands for Truck Accessories

If you’ve got a truck, then you’ve got a need for truck accessories! Fortunately for you, there are many truck accessories on the market today. There are accessories to protect your truck, to enhance its appearance, and to make your truck more functional, but with so many accessories on the market it can be difficult (and overwhelming) to determine which ones are truly the best of the best. One of the easiest ways to select great products is by knowing who the top manufacturers of truck accessories are.

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One of those top manufacturers, for example, is Firestone, a very well respected company that makes a wide range of automotive products, including tires and air springs. Draw Tite, Prodigy, Weatherguard, Yakima, and Sprinter are also well-respected manufacturers. In fact, Sprinter products, designed to work with Sprinter vans, are some of the best on the market today; plus, there is an incredibly wide selection of 
Sprinter products available. You can find all the Sprinter products you need or anything else you want for your vehicle at Auto Truck Depot.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Getting Your Truck Winter-Ready

It’s already cold outside, and it won’t be long before full-blown winter is here! Chances are that you’ve already stocked up on sweaters and coats to get you through the cold months ahead, but what have you done to get your truck ready? Just as you have to prepare for winter, your truck has to be prepared too.

Before winter comes, it is imperative that you get your truck to a qualified mechanic who can check to make sure that your battery is in good condition, that you’ve got adequate antifreeze, that your heater and defroster are working, and that your truck’s thermostat is in good, working order.

You should also give your truck’s tires a good glance-over. You don’t want to be driving down icy roads on tires without enough tread; in fact, if you can afford to, you may want to invest in a good pair of snow tires for use in the winter.  At the very least, you’re going to want to check out snow plows so that you can clear a path with your truck and get where you need to go all winter long. You can find snow plows and other great products to get your truck winter-ready at Auto Truck Depot.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Preventing Truck Rust

A rusty truck is an unattractive truck, but fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent truck rusting from occurring. Before you can stop rusting from happening, however, you have to understand the different things that can cause your truck to rust in the first place.

One of the leading causes of truck rusting is humidity; many people think their trucks are safe from rusting if they keep them from getting rained on or being exposed to moisture for long periods of time, but when the air is very humid, rust can form even on fully covered, dry trucks. Since you can’t eliminate humidity in the air, the best thing you can do is to regularly have a rust check service performed on your vehicle.

A rust check service will provide a protective covering to your truck that will keep rust from forming. You can get everything you need for this service by contacting Auto Truck Depot. 

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Repairing Stone Chips

Everyone wants to have a pristine truck, but, unfortunately, keeping a truck looking great is no easy feat. Regular driving, even on well-paved roads, can often lead to stone chips on your truck; stone chips, which occur when rocks fly up, hit your truck, and take a tiny bit of your truck’s paint with them, can show up anywhere on trucks but are most common on the front and sides of trucks. While you might not notice one or two stone chips, several chips or one large chip can be quite noticeable and unattractive. Fortunately, these chips are also relatively easy to fix.
All you really need to do to fix them is to select touch-up paint that matches your truck’s color; matching up paint can be tricky, so give this first step some careful attention. Once you’ve got the right paint, fixing stone chips is just a matter of sanding the damaged area and carefully applying the paint.

Of course, it’s much better to just prevent chips from occurring in the first place, something you can easily do with a good running board. The right running board can protect the sides of your vehicle, while mud flaps can protect the back end. You can find both of these products and many other excellent protective products at Auto Truck Depot.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Keeping a Tidy Truck

There’s nothing worse than an untidy truck, one that’s littered with fast food wrappers, soda cans, and that just has a general “icky” feel. Fortunately, you don’t have to let your truck become “that truck,” and if your truck is already a mess, well, know that there are things you can do to get it looking great again.
First and foremost, it should go without saying that you need to have floor mats in your vehicle. Floor mats will absorb moisture, keep spills from staining your upholstery, and make it easier to get dirt and dust out of your vehicle with a quick shake of the mat. Floor mats, however, aren’t enough to keep your truck looking tidy; you also need to make sure that you are throwing away any trash that accumulates and that you are doing so on a regular basis.

A good strategy for keeping trash out of your truck is to have a plastic grocery bag on hand to use as a trash bag. You can easily empty it every time you stop to get gas and will always have somewhere to put your trash besides the floor or the bed of your truck.

While these tips can keep the interior of your truck clean, what about the exterior? Well, obviously, regular washing is important, and you can also invest in other great products, such as mud flaps, to keep your truck looking its best. Mud flaps, for the record, are not only good at keeping mud off your truck’s back end, but they can also keep rocks and other debris from making dents in or causing other damage to your truck. You can find these products and anything else you might need to keep your truck clean at Auto Truck Depot.
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Velazquez Samaniego Charged with Manslaughter

By now, most people have heard of Velazquez Samaniego, the monster truck driver from Chihuahua, Mexico who killed 9 people and injured eight more in a recent accident. After making headlines for over a week, Samaniego was finally charged with manslaughter, and local prosecutors have stated that the driver did not meet all of the necessary requirements to drive the monster truck being used at the time of the accident.

D2 LED Light Wide at Autotruckdepot.caWhether Samaniego should be charged or not is a matter of opinion, but the driver does still maintain that the event was an accident. His story is that he lost his helmet, hit his head, and, after being knocked unconscious, ended up running into the crowd of people gathered to watch him participate in the event.
The really sad thing is that this tragic accident could have been prevented. Stricter guidelines and requirements for driving monster trucks should be enforced, and safety features such as lightbars, could have been used to alert spectators to any possible troubles.

While nothing can undo these tragic, recent events, you can keep yourself from being involved in such an accident by investing in lightbars and other safety features for your vehicle.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

General Motors Recalls Vehicles

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There are people in the world who say that nothing runs or performs quite like a Jeep. These are the people who spend all their money on Jeep accessories and who refuse to drive anything else. While you might think these people are crazy for their devotion to Jeeps, a recent recall from General Motors should be enough to make you think twice.

The company recently announced that it is recalling 21,721 of its new Chevrolet Silverado models and GMC Sierra models because the front seats are capable of shifting if the vehicle is impacted from the rear. Most of the recalled models (18,972 of them!) were sold in the United States, though a large chunk (2,575) were also sold in Canada. It’s worth nothing that this isn’t the first recall for General Motors, which recalled 843 vehicles in the summer of 2013 for airbag problems.

Jeeps, on the other hand, rarely get recalled, making them a safe bet, so go ahead and stock up on those Jeep accessories at Auto Truck Depot.
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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Testing the Camaro

2010 Camaro

Shopping for hood protectors and other accessories can be fun, but what’s the point in buying all these add-ons if you don’t have a vehicle that knows how to perform? If you’re looking for a vehicle that’s not just pretty but also able to perform, then consider the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which was recently tested at the infamous Nurburgring in Germany.

The vehicle was able to make the 13 mile trip around the ring in only a little over seven and a half minutes, beating out the 991 Porsche and several other automobiles. To top it all off, the trial run took place on a wet and rainy day, leaving spectators to wonder just how the vehicle would have performed in perfect conditions.

Whether you’ve got a Camaro or some other vehicle that knows how to perform, it’s important to fully protect it so that it can keep performing for you. You can purchase hood protectors and other great accessories to keep your vehicle performing at its best from Auto Truck Depot.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What’s Faster: A Ford or a Chevy

Every driver wants a truck that looks great, one that simply needs a few floor liners and a good washing every now and then to look its very best. Even more importantly, however, every driver wants a truck with some power—the ability to pick up speed quickly and to maintain that speed easily. For a long time, drivers with a “need for speed” have chosen Ford as the go-to maker of fast vehicles, but are Fords really the fastest?

car_liners.gif In a recent acceleration test performed by the Michigan State Police department in the United States, Ford’s engine beat out both Chevy and Dodge engines in terms of rate of acceleration and overall speed, proving that, as savvy truck owners have long known, Ford is the brand to choose for true power.

Drivers who own Fords don’t need to worry about speed and can focus on keeping their trucks looking great! Attractive floor liners and other stylish accessories to help your truck look great are available from Auto Truck Depot.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

General Motors’ Former Global Marketing Chief On the Defensive

For a very long time, General Motors (GM) has been one of the world’s leading manufacturers of automobiles and automotive accessories. They were the people to go to if you needed anything from a new vehicle to a new fuel transfer tank. Recently, though, the company tanked its former global marketing chief, Joel Ewanick, drawing suspicion and concern over possible secrets or problems within the powerhouse company’s structure.

At the time of Ewanick’s release, GM simply said that Ewanick didn’t meet their expectations, though news outlets claimed Ewanick had botched a sponsorship deal the company had with Manchester United. Ewanick is stepping up to defend himself, however, claiming that the sponsorship deal was incredibly simplistic and that there was no room for “botching.”

Even while defending himself and in spite of his firing, Ewanick stood up for GM, saying he had no hard feelings toward the company. Regardless of how you feel about this issue, know that you can still get a great fuel transfer tank or any other automotive accessory, made by GM or not, from Auto Truck Depot.
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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Automotive Deliveries Delayed

Have you recently ordered some 3M paint protection film for your vehicle? Or maybe you ordered a new truck stereo or even a new truck altogether? Whatever the case may be, if your delivery is coming from the Port of Baltimore, it could be a little (or even a lot!) on the late side.
Sadly, it has been reported that a dockworker strike in the area has caused several automotive deliveries to be delayed. While the companies mainly affected by the strike are BMW, Mazda, and Fiat, which all have distribution plants in the area, many other deliveries from around the country are getting delayed during the transit process because of the harrowing strike.

The strike featured a 2000 member walkout due to a contractual dispute between local workers and the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore. Automotive manufacturers aren’t commenting on the strike (or on when you can expect that 3M paint protection film you ordered to arrive), but all are hoping it will end soon. Until it does (and hopefully after too!), you can check out the great accessories at Auto Truck Depot, a company that is unaffected by the strike and that won’t keep you waiting!
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Monday, November 11, 2013

News from General Motors

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Have you been busy shopping for fender flares or checking out the latest trucks to hit the market? If so, you might have missed the latest news from General Motors! The company just recently announced its plans to release a special “bifuel” Chevy Impala in 2015. The new Impala, the company says, will be capable of using either traditional fuel or natural gas.

While it’s obvious that the bifuel property of the vehicle can help drivers to improve their carbon footprints and protect the environment, there are other benefits to the soon-to-be-released bifuel Chevy Impala as well. The vehicle, General Motors claims, will be able to go for around 500 miles without needing to be refilled!

Just because the new Chevy Impala will have this great feature you don’t have to stop shopping for fender flares or anything else. The vehicle will look much like older models and will still be compatible with all the other great accessories you’ll find at Auto Truck Depot.
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Friday, November 8, 2013

Who Took Home the “Truck of Texas” Honor?

Most truck enthusiasts, even those outside of the United States, are familiar with the annual “Truck of Texas” award. If you haven’t heard of the award, it’s given annually by the Texas Auto Writers Association to the truck that best embodies the power and “larger than life” attitude of the state. This year’s winner was the 2014 Ram 1500, which features some massive cargo baskets and ample room all around.
RAM was also lucky enough to win “Best Powertrain,” thanks to its “green” 3 liter engine, and “Best Technology,” thanks in large part to its new rear coil suspension system. Whether you live in Texas or not, it’s obvious that this year’s “truck of Texas” is definitely worth checking out, particularly if you want something roomy that makes transporting cargo easy.

Of course, you don’t have to buy the new RAM to get great cargo capacity; all you really have to do is opt for some cargo baskets from Auto Truck Depot. If you do, you can turn any vehicle into a cargo-carrying machine!
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Alfred Morris’ Classic Car

Some people want to have the newest, fastest automobile on the market and, as a result, trade in their old rides as soon as the new models come out. Then, on the opposite end of the spectrum, you have people who develop deep, sentimental attachments to their automobiles and who seem to hold onto them forever. Surprisingly, Washington Redskins’ running back, Alfred Morris, falls into the second group of people.

Though Morris could afford to own just about any vehicle he wants, he has opted to keep his old school 1991 Mazda 626. At least, the car, which Morris says was his very first, used to be “old school.” A dealership in Brown’s area took and refurbished the car for him. Adding new brake controllers and just about every upgrade you can think of, the car is now in pristine condition, and Morris couldn’t be happier.

Loyalty paid off for Morris, and it can pay off for you! Give your old vehicle a new feel with brand new brake controllers or any other accessory from Auto Truck Depot!
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Choose From Great Jeep Tops

Are you ready to make your Jeep all your own and to make it suitable to any trip and/or destination? If so, then you’ll want to start exploring all of the awesome Jeep tops that make Jeep customization a breeze.

jeep-accessories.jpgSo-called “bikini” or “brief” tops are one great option you have when it comes to Jeep customization. These specialty tops are designed for use when you don’t actually want to be using a top at all. They allow you to experience the sensation of riding around “topless” while still providing you with protection from the sun’s rays.
If you’d like a little more protection from the sun and from light rain and other possible inclement weather, Jeep soft tops are the way to go. And for the ultimate in protection—we’re talking Jeep tops that can stand up to anything—go for tough, durable Jeep hard tops.

Explore all these (and more!) Jeep top options at Auto Truck Depot, which also offers a host of other great accessories for your Jeep.  #CalgaryJeepaccessories
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Get Ready for Winter Weather!

Ready or not, winter is on its way, and it’s time to winterize your work van equipment! One good item to buy for use in your work van this winter is a good set of all-weather floor mats. These mats are designed to keep your work van’s floor completely dry. Even if you’re stomping into your work van in snow-covered boots, these special weather-proof mats guarantee that you won’t have to deal with a soggy, soaking floor; the mats simply absorb the moisture and then dry quickly.

You might think that floor mats that constantly absorb moisture and dry would wear out pretty quickly, but that’s not the case if you buy quality floor mats specifically made for winter weather. Such floor mats are guaranteed not to mold, curl, become overly saturated, blister, or crack! In fact, leading brands can actually hold up to a full quart of water or more!

Find great floor mats and other awesome winter-ready work van equipment at Auto Truck Depot. #CalgaryWorkVanEquipment
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Get Things Started!

Imagine this scenario: it’s a hot day. You’re tired, you’ve been outside for what feels like forever, and all you can think about is getting back to your vehicle and cranking up the air conditioner. You can see your truck in the parking lot, and you hope that window visor has done its job and kept your vehicle from turning into a sweltering sweat box. You know your auto’s interior will still be hot once you climb inside, but you comfort yourself with the fact that it will only take a few minutes for the air conditioner to start working.

While this scenario might not sound all that awful, you should know that there’s an easier way! If you had a remote start device, you could start your car from far away, and you could also control what features of your car to turn on. So, for example, on a sweltering hot day, you could turn your air conditioner on and have it working by the time you arrive at your vehicle. A remote start device coupled with a window visor guarantees a cool, comfortable car with no waiting. Talk about relief! Get your remote starter from Auto Truck Depot today and enjoy a “no sweat” arrival at your vehicle. #CalgaryWindowVisor
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Brilliance of Bedslides

Do you already have truck grille guards and every other accessory you can possibly think of installed on your truck? No matter how many truck accessories you have, if you don’t have bedslides, then you’re missing out. While not the most popular or well-known truck accessories, bedslides are where it’s at!

Just what are these awesome accessories? Bedslides are designed to enable your truck bed to slide forwards and backwards to suit your needs. So, imagine you’ve got your truck bed full of groceries, packed all the way to the back, after a major trip to the grocery store. Without bedslides installed, you’d likely have to crawl into the truck bed and scramble to retrieve each bag. With bedslides, however, you can simply slide your truck bed forward, grab the items you need, and then be on your way !

Bedslides are the perfect complement to truck grille guards and all your other accessories, and you can find them and anything else your truck needs at Auto Truck Depot. #CalgaryTruckGrillGuard
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Must-Have Truck Accessories

There are some truck accessories, such as truck canopies, which you simply can’t do without—not if you demand the ultimate in appearance and performance from your truck. Side bars, for example, are one accessory that shouldn’t be overlooked.
These bars, as the name implies, attach to the side of your truck and protrude slightly from it. Don’t worry; they look sleek and stylish and won’t detract from your truck’s appearance. In fact, they might even make your truck more attractive! But, what exactly are these side bars, also called nerf bars, for?

They’re to help you and others get into and out of your truck safely and easily. In addition to great accessories like side bars and truck canopies, you should also consider investing in other practical accessories, such as bed liners and bedslides. Accessories that serve to make your truck more functional are always the smartest choice, and you can find such accessories (and more!) at Auto Truck Depot. #CalgaryTruckCanopies
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Friday, October 11, 2013

Lighting Made Easy

It’s very likely that you’ve found yourself in this situation more than a time or two: You’re driving late at night, and you can’t see very well. In an effort to improve your vision, you turn on your brights, which work great. You’re seeing everything clearly…and then a car comes by. You flick off your lights out of courtesy and flick them back on again once the car passes. If you’re like most people, you probably wouldn’t mind flicking your lights on and off if you didn’t have to do it constantly—if cars weren’t approaching every few seconds or minutes.

Well, believe it or not, there’s an easier way to burn your headlights now! SmartBeam recently released its Lighting Assist technology. The special Lighting Assist device is made up of a Gentex Smart Mirror that reacts when it sees a car coming your way; the mirror cues your lights to dim to the appropriate brightness and, once the other vehicle passes, puts your lights back on the setting you’ve selected. All of this happens automatically, without you lifting a finger or taking your eyes off the road!

While you probably already have a wish list of truck accessories, a list that likely includes truck bull bars, stylish seat covers, and everything in between, you’re strongly encouraged to go ahead and add the awesome new Lighting Assist device to your must-have list! #CalgaryTruckBullBars
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