Thursday, March 28, 2013

Add Air Springs for a Smoother, Safer Ride

There are many automotive accessories available, and they all serve different purposes. Some accessories are simply designed to add style and character to your truck. Others, however, actually improve your vehicle’s performance and allow all your rides to be more comfortable and enjoyable. These are the accessories that you’ll absolutely want to invest in. While all the pretty stuff can wait, the practical items should be purchased as soon as possible, and there’s no item more practical or useful than air springs, which are widely available from Auto Truck Depot.

While there are many air springs products to choose from, Firestone air springs are some of the very best. These affordable springs are designed to make you feel as if you truly are driving on air. Your ride will be incredibly smooth and easy, free from bumps and jostles even when traveling on the roughest of terrain. And riding on these springs won’t just feel good; it’s good for your vehicle as well! Your vehicle is protected from encounters with pot holes and divots. Furthermore, the springs help to protect and level your vehicle when carrying even the largest of loads. You can also adjust the pressure controls on each side to custom fit your ride to match your cargo carrying needs.

You’ll also be happy to learn that these springs are built tough and built to last. While other products, like bushings or regulators, wear out easily and need to be replaced often, the springs can last for many years. Plus, if you purchase them through the Depot, you’ll enjoy a warranty to help protect your investment.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Reasons to Choose a Fiberglass Tonneau Cover

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When it comes to tonneau covers, you have a lot of options to choose from, particularly if you’re shopping at Auto Truck Depot, which offers the widest selection possible on all types of automotive accessories. Out of all of those choices, however, fiberglass tonneau covers are the best. These covers are extremely lightweight, making them easy to handle and install. Despite their light design and build however, they are also extremely strong and durable and most drivers will be able to get many years of use out of them.

You will also find that fiberglass tonneau covers are highly customizable. They can be fitted to just about any truck and, if you desire, you can even have them painted to match or complement your vehicle’s color. In addition to looking great and stylish, these tonneau covers also help to protect your truck’s bed and the items that you have stored in the bed. Some people even feel that they improve their trucks’ aerodynamics.

While you’re welcome to do some shopping around to find the perfect cover, definitely be sure to check out the BakFlip F1. This particular cover is made of the highest quality materials coated in durable epoxy. This super-tough construction allows it to stand up to even the roughest and toughest of use. As is the case with most fiberglass covers, however, the model is still very lightweight, making it easy to install, lift, and maneuver as needed. If that particular cover isn’t for you, don’t worry! There are many others available, and you’re guaranteed to find the one that’s just right for your truck if you keep on searching!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Don’t Let Your Car Get Covered in a Melted Mess!

Image 1When the sun’s rays are beating down on your car, there are likely many objects inside of it that could be harmed by those rays. Have you ever left a chocolate bar on your dashboard or in your seat on a hot day? If so, you probably came back to find a melted, disgusting mess all over the place. It’s not just chocolate that can melt and muck up your car either. Crayons, most food products, plastic toys, CDs and DVDs, and a host of other goods can all melt. Even expensive electronics can be damaged or ruined when exposed to extreme heat. While you can’t shut down the sun, you can protect your car and the belongings you have inside of it against the sun. The easiest way to do that is by purchasing and regularly using a window visor.

Auto Truck Depot offers a great window visor—the Ventshade, which is efficient at blocking the sun’s rays and protecting your goods. Furthermore, it keeps your car from getting so hot that it hurts to touch the door handle or the seatbelt buckle! In addition to using your Ventshade, keep in mind that there are other things you can do to reduce heat buildup in your car as well.

Try parking in a shaded area, such as underneath trees or other structures. If you’re in a secure area, you may also wish to leave your windows open just a crack to let in some air. And, if you know you’re going to be heading back to your car soon, use your remote starter to turn on the air conditioning for a more comfortable arrival.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tackle Winter Weather (and Win!)

Winter is here and, for many of us, that means lots of snow on the ground. Unless you want to spend every morning stuck in your driveway, either waiting for the snow plow to come by or shoveling snow yourself, snow plows of your own are a wise investment. Fortunately, Auto Truck Depot has many different options available, all of which are designed to work in conjunction with your truck or sport utility vehicle (SUV). There are choices for every budget, meaning no matter who you are or what your current financial state is, you can still find the snow-plowing solution you need.

A rear snow plow is a good choice for many. As the name implies, this plow attaches to the back of your vehicle. That means that all you have to do is back-up, and you’ll take the snow with you. This is an especially good choice for the driver in a hurry, since you can kill two birds with one stone. You get out of your driveway, pushing the snow as you go, and even better, you leave the driveway clear for others to use. These snow plows are usually nothing more than simple attachments which are quite easy to install.

For those who want more precise control over their snow-plowing and who want to be able to see what they’re doing more clearly, a front-attached plow is probably a better choice. These plows generally allow you to do a more thorough job and can even be used commercially as well. Getting used to maneuvering these plows can take a little work, but in no time at all, you should be cleaning your driveway faster than the speed of light!

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Selecting a Receiver Hitch

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There’s no ifs, ands, or buts, about it, receiver hitches are a must-have item if you plan on using your truck for hauling or towing. Whether it’s just a small trailer or a much larger item you plan on transporting, you need a receiver hitch in order to get your cargo from point A to point B safely and securely. Fortunately, you don’t have to look long and hard for the right hitch. Auto Truck Depot is proud to offer the widest possible range of products; it’s just up to you to browse through the diverse selection and choose the option that’s right for you.

You should, of course, pay attention to your vehicle and its specific make and model. Not all receiver hitches will work with all automobiles. Furthermore, all hitches are not designed to work with all trailers and other devices, so you’ll have to make sure everything is compatible all around. If you have any questions about compatibility, you can easily find the answers you need by searching online or asking a friendly Depot representative.

In addition to considering compatibility, you also have to think about capacity. Some hitches are designed to stand up to the challenge of large loads, while others can only carry cargo below a certain weight. Definitely know the size of your load and make sure your hitch can handle it. Not doing so could lead to cargo damage or loss or even to an accident while on the road. Finally, make sure you handle the installation process correctly. A faulty installation can also lead to big trouble, so unless you know for sure that you are capable of installing the hitch properly, you’ll want to leave the job up to a professional.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What are the Best Tonneau Covers?

Bakflip F1When shopping for tonneau covers, people always want to ensure that they’re looking at the best tonneau covers. However, that term “best” is quite subjective. The right cover for you might not be the right cover for someone else. It’s really all about what you’re looking for in a cover, your unique needs, and of course, your budget. Fortunately, Auto Truck Depot offers a very wide range of tonneau covers, so it’s possible for every truck-owner to find the exact product he or she is looking for. Always remember, as well, that if you have to go for a cheaper option at first, you can always upgrade later!

The best tonneau covers for those who want an option that won’t get in the way are retractable tonneau covers. These models protect the truck bed when necessary, but when not in use, they can easily be flipped up and away. Even among retractable covers, however, you still have a lot of choice. Your cheaper options are controlled manually, meaning you have to put them up or down yourself. More high tech options can be controlled electronically, allowing you to put your cover up or down with the mere push of a button. You can even find choices that divide the bed of your truck for easier storage.

You can also find folding covers, which as the name implies, fold into or out of place. Some come off completely when you’re not using them, while others stay in place but can be folded out of sight. You also have more permanent covers to consider as well. For best results, look at all the options and think about the pros and cons of each before committing to a decision.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Keeping Your Vehicle Clean and Pristine

Few things look worse than a messy vehicle. After all, when your home is messy, you can close a door or not allow visitors for a few days. When your car is messy, however, everyone and anyone who passes you on the road can see the disarray inside. Plus, a too-messy car can actually lead to accidents. If a soda can rolls under the brake pedal, for example, you’re going to have a hard time stopping! Fortunately, there are things that you can do to keep your vehicle cleaner. Floor liners, for example, are a good investment, because they can minimize wear and tear on your floors and keep stains from seeping into your vehicle.

Of course, just because you have floor liners doesn’t mean you should throw all caution to the wind. Parents of small children likely know that a no-eating-in-the-car rule isn’t really feasible. Children get hungry and require snacks and sometimes even whole meals on the go. Instead of eliminating in-car eating altogether, just make sure that you always choose items that are easy to clean up and that don’t stain. This might mean opting for water, rather than grape juice or choosing small, dry crackers over messy, flavor-coated chips.

You should also keep a trash bad in your vehicle at all times and encourage car guests (and yourself!) to throw away any food wrappers, water bottles or soda cans, or any other trash they may have. Let children know that if an item is left in the vehicle, it will go in the trash bag. This should keep little ones from leaving their school things, jackets and sweaters, toys, and anything else in the vehicle. You can also browse through the great accessories at Auto Truck Depot for more ideas on keeping your vehicle clean and pristine!

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