Thursday, September 10, 2015

Vehicle Rust Proofing: 93 Oldsmobile

Johnson from Calgary brought in his 93 Oldsmobile Touring Sedan to get rust proofing done. He was enthusiastic about his car and told me it had a 3.8 litre V6 engine with performance exhaust, and that he bought it new.  I asked him about his previous experiences with Auto Truck Depot and he said he had been coming here for 7-8 years to get rust proofing done. He plans on bringing in his car every year to renew the treatment, and even after all these years, there is absolutely no rust anywhere on the vehicle.

Auto Truck Depot offers many protective services to prolong the life of your vehicle, such as rust proofing and 3M pain protection, and we guarantee our service. We offer many services for any type of vehicle, new or old, to help preserve its beauty and help protect your investment. Johnson’s 93 Oldsmobile is just one of the many vehicles we have had the opportunity to service.

Questions about the benefits of rust proofing? Looking to schedule an appointment or inquire about the service? Come see us today!

Auto Truck Depot

107, 42 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Toll Free: 1-855-253-4330

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ford Offers Alternative Fuel Options for the 2016 F-150

Ford has consistently been the leader of pickup trucks, and their progress shows no sign of slowing down. Ford has recently announced that “the 2016 F-150” will offer an “available gaseous fuel prep package that enables 5.0-liter V8-powered models to run on clean, low-cost compressed natural gas or propane, making Ford the only manufacturer of a CNG/propane-capable half-ton pickup” as a response to customer requests.

This response not only shows Ford’s passion to serve their customers, but shows a great deal in fuel leadership, and a start to developing cleaner, more efficient, and ecofriendly pickup truck. Ford describes this as “the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 ever” with a “gaseous-fuel prep package that includes upgraded intake and exhaust valves and valve seats to ensure the engine performs to Build Ford Tough standards.” This means the new F-150 will have all the power you would expect from a Ford pickup while providing cleaner, more-efficient, alternative-fuel capabilities.

With Ford’s development within the auto industry and response to customer demands, we will see “the only light-duty pickup capable of running on compressed natural gas or propane.” This is a demonstration of leadership innovation at its finest from Ford, the leading pickup truck manufacturer, and the Auto Truck Depot has everything you could need to maximize this new ride at

Auto Truck Depot

107, 42 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Toll Free: 1-855-253-4330

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

UnderCover Flex Tonneau Cover

Tonneau covers are one of the best ways to enhance your truck bed. They provide security for your cargo while protecting it from the elements, and make truck bed storage more useful. If you are thinking about adding a Tonneau Cover to your truck, the UnderCover Flex is a product you must consider.

The UnderCover Flex exceeds the competition with durability, functionality, and security. This cover is made for simplicity. There is absolutely no drilling necessary for installation, and once installed, removing it is easy. Unlike most other tonneau covers, the UnderCover Flex is made of a high quality FRP composite material that is lighter, stronger, and even more dent resistant than aluminum. If security is a consideration, this product has it.

The flex panels automatically latch to the cover's mounting rails and the slam latch system secures your belongings when the tailgate is locked. The UnderCover Flex sits inside the bed rails, which include a rubber seal and drain tubes that carry water away from, and out of the truck bed--making this the most water resistant cover yet, and ensuring your cargo stays dry and protected.

Slam latches ensure your cargo is secure, and also allows for easy access from either side of your truck bed. The UnderCover Flex has three riding positions: full coverage, 3/4 coverage, and full bed access, and with the unique design of the prop rods, the cover can be safely propped in either of these positions, even while driving, for maximum storage and functionality. 

Auto Truck Depot

107, 42 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Toll Free: 1-855-253-4330

Overview: Swagman Bike Racks

Travelling with bikes is challenging. They are awkward, they take up a lot of space, and even if you have an empty truck box to carry them in, damages to your bike or truck bed are likely to occur. Luckily for avid bike enthusiasts who refuse to travel without the accompaniment of their bikes, companies like Swagman make outstanding products to solve these issues.

The SEMI 2.0 fits most bike frame shapes and sizes, and with its unique patented design, there is zero contact to the bike frame. The SEMI 2.0 fits any 1-1/4” or 2” hitch receiver to carry up to two bikes on the back of your vehicle with ratcheting arms that only grab the bike’s wheels.

Products such as these ensure that you can safely carry your bikes with any vehicle, and without losing space. And if that’s not enough, the rack tilts down to allow access to the rear of the vehicle, even while bikes are loaded.

If a two bike carrier is not enough, Swagman has many other products to satisfy your needs, such as the QUAD 2+2, which can carry up to four bikes and has a similar design as the SEMI 2.0. There are also products, such as the Ladder Rack – 2 BikeRV Ladder Rack that is designed to utilize the ladder on the back of your RV for carrying up to two bikes. No matter what type of vehicle you have, or how many bikes you want to carry, Swagman has products to utilize your vehicles space while ensuring your bikes remain secure when you travel.

Auto Truck Depot

107, 42 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Toll Free: 1-855-253-4330

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Rundown: Rock Tamers Mudflap System

When considering accessories to add to your pickup truck, mud flaps should be a top priority, especially if you plan on towing a boat or trailer. Having a sturdy set of mud flaps can enhance the life of your vehicle and trailer by preventing unnecessary damage from rocks and other road debris.

Rock Tamers Mudflap Systems are one of the top products available in this category, and here is why. They are fully adjustable and removable, making them suitable for any sized truck, and they not only protect your investment, they also add style.

Rock Tamers Mudflap Systems easily attach and remove from any standard 2” ball mount. 
The width is fully adjustable to fit any vehicle, and even the height can be customized. These mudflaps are insanely durable and are guaranteed to protect your trailer, boat, RV, or whatever you are towing from road damage. These are a must have for using their truck to tow.   

Monday, July 13, 2015

Combo Transfer Tank - Black Steel (84 Gallon)

Combo Transfer Tank - Black Steel (84 Gallon) The Dee Zee Combo Transfer Tank – Black Steel is constructed with heavy-duty 14-gauge steel and coated with a NRT powder coat to protect from corrosion. This tank is designed with a curved radius to eliminate pressure points in the welding and is a safe method for transporting up to 100 Gallons of non-flammable liquids and comes standard with a locking cap, drainage plug, and 3 inside baffles for stability.

Specialty series transfer tank & Utility Chest
Heavy-duty 14 gauge steel
Black textured finish
Hammerhead design with narrow base to fit between wheel wells
3 stability baffles
NRT Powder coat to protect against corrosion
Mounting tabs to secure tank to truck bed
Holds up to 84 Gallons
Made in USA
Lockable cap coupler
Curved radius to eliminate pressure points in welding
Not intended for commercial use
Not design as an auxiliary fuel system
Not intended for use with gasoline

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Square Transfer Tank - Brite-Tread

The Dee Zee Square Transfer Tank is constructed with a heavy gauge, non-rusting Brite-Tread aluminum, and is designed with a curved radius to eliminate pressure points in the welding. This tank is a great, safe method for transporting non-flammable liquids such as diesel fuel and comes standard with a locking cap, drainage plug, and 3 inside stability baffles.

- Specialty series transfer tank
- Made of non-rusting .125 Brite-Tread Aluminum
- Mounting tabs to secure tank to truck bed
- Holds up to 50 Gallons
- Made in USA
- Lockable cap
- .375 drainage plug and venting coupler
- curved radius to eliminate p
ressure points in welding
- Baffled design

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pace Edwards, the Future of Tonneau Covers

Imagine a tonneau cover that is weatherproof, durable, and secure. Picture a cover that looks beautiful, and retracts with the push of a button. This actually exists!

The Pace Edwards Electric Bedlocker Tonneau Cover is one of the most advanced tonneau covers on the market today. Its sleek, powder coat finish and rigid aluminum panels provide all the security you could ever need when carrying cargo in your truck bed. Best of all, the low-profile, aerodynamic design gives your truck a sharp, clean look and could help increase fuel economy. And all it takes to open is a push of a button from a remote, and you have full truck bed access. The cover can also lock in multiple positions along its track, making it ideal for fifth wheel hauling.

If you have any other questions don't hesitate to contact us!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Enhance Your Experience With Vehicle Lighting

One of the most important aspects to consider when driving is lighting. Headlights let us to see the road in front of us, signal lights let other drivers know when we are turning, and braking lights prevent other vehicles from running into us when we are stopping. Without lights driving would be chaotic to say the least.

Advances in automotive lighting have made driving much more enjoyable, decorative, and functional, and with the various products available, these benefits can be taken even further.

Imagine that you are late pulling into a camp site and are forced to setup in the dark. You have your headlights lighting the spot you will be setting up, but digging through the gear packed in your truck box is the real challenge.

This can all be changed with truck bed LED lighting products from Access and other manufacturers. The Access Truck Bed Light is cost effective, only takes seconds to install, only needs a 12 volt power source, and it is fully waterproof. The best part is that you will no longer have troubles finding things in your truck bed with this powerful light source. These lights can also be added to other products such as trailers, boats, or RVs. There are also battery powered lights as well, if 12 volt won't work for your application

If you are an adventure seeker that likes to take your vehicle off the road, you may want to consider adding some heavy duty custom lighting to your vehicle, such as some LED Flood Lights from Rigid Industries. These lights are as durable as they come, and with over 1,568 raw lumens, you’ll be able to find your way anywhere. The lights are built to be unbreakable and versatile, so they can get you where you want to go.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Utilizing Your Small Vehicle for Big Adventures

Having a small vehicle doesn’t mean you can’t prepare it for big adventures. There are many ways to utilize and enhance your vehicle’s cargo space. Whether you are operating a hitch or taking advantage of your roof space, the Auto Truck Depot has many options to help you out.

One of the primary methods used to gain more space in a small vehicle is with a roof rack, like the Thule Traverse. A roof rack usually consists of two crossbars that run across the top of the car. The crossbars are held in place by feet, which are connected to each corner of the roof, usually in the door’s frames. The crossbars sit a few inches above the vehicle and provide space for objects to be placed without scratching or damaging its surface. Large objects such as boats or ladders can be placed across the roof, and the crossbars provide an anchoring point for objects to be strapped down to.

There are many accessories available to enhance the storage capabilities of your roof rack even further, such as the Yakima Loadwarrior. The loadwarrior cargo basket helps secure items for transport on top of the roof and out of the interior of your vehicle, allowing more space and comfort while driving from place to place.  The open air platform allows easy access to tie down materials and gives you added flexibility with items that wouldn’t normally fit in an enclosed compartment. The large steel constructed frame fits on top of most vehicles and has custom wind fairing for extra noise reduction. The universal attachment system fits most round and square factory crossbars. The accessory bars act as crossbars for gear specific racks and give you added security when transporting more expensive and personal items. It was developed with on-the-go type people in mind, allowing a quick and easy load that maximizes the utility of your car.

If more security and protection for your cargo is necessary, the Yakima cargo carriers, SkyBox or RocketBox series may be a better option yet. These boxes are like an extra trunk for you roof, and they simply attach to your existing roof rack to expand your vehicles storage space. They come in various sizes for your specific needs, and you can be sure your gear is safe with its solid carbonite design and push-button, locking security features.

Another option, especially useful if you plan on carrying bikes, is to increase your vehicles carrying capabilities with a hitch. Even if your vehicle is too small to pull a trailer, you can still utilize this feature to carry bikes, cargo racks, and more. And better yet, you can use this feature along with a roof rack to turn your vehicle into a cargo-hauling beast. There are so many ways to utilize your small vehicle for those big adventures, and the Auto Truck Depot is here to help.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Get the Most Out of Your Truck Bed

There’s no denial that trucks are one of the most useful vehicles you can own. They can carry cargo, pull trailers, and ultimately, increase efficiency. One of the primary benefits to having a truck is the additional space of the truck bed.

There are many products available to help you maximize the use of your truck bed space, but why would you need these?

Let’s start with some examples of common issues you may run into and some available solutions.

1. Your truck bed is being damaged from hauling cargo

This problem is not only aesthetic, but can accelerate damage beyond repair. Nicks and scratches in the protective coating can soon result in the spread of rust.

Truck Bed Mats
Truck bed mats are easy to install, cheap, and provide protection to the bottom of your truck bed and tailgate. The only downside to these is that the sides of your truck bed remain exposed.

Plastic Bed Plastic Liners
Plastic bed liners are quick and easy to install and provide full protection of your truck bed. They are made of high-density polyethylene, so it will not chip, crack, or fade during even the most extreme weather conditions. The liner’s one-piece construction provides additional protection against chemical leaks, since there are no seams or cracks.
Truck Bed Spray Liners
Spray liners provide a clean, permanent solution for protecting your truck bed. The Polyurethane Spray is applied to every mould and curve, providing a watertight seal, and the ultimate protection. Spray liners provide a textured, non-skid surface, and with no loss of cargo space.

2. Your cargo is exposed to the elements

Covering your cargo and protecting it from the elements can be easy with a tonneau cover, and there are many types so suite your specific needs.

Soft or Hard Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
Roll-up tonneau covers are great additions to cover and protect the cargo being stored in your truck bed. They easily roll up, providing full access of your truck bed without removing the cover, and they look slick.

Soft or Hard Tri Fold Tonneau Cover
These covers provide exceptional protection, they look great, and are easy to use. The tri-fold design allows for easy access. Many of these models are also insulated to protect your cargo from extreme weather conditions.

Hard Top Once Piece Tonneau Cover
One piece covers are solid, they protect your cargo, and they are easy to install. Once installed, they provide easy access to your cargo. 

3. There’s no way to prevent theft

Tonneau Cover
Many Tonneau covers are designed with locking systems to protect your storage. Your cargo can be easily stored, locked and protected with the right cover.

Truck Boxes
Truck Boxes come in all shapes and sizes to meet your specific needs, and they are designed to hold and protect your belongings. Many of these boxes are designed with advanced locking systems and are constructed of tough aluminum. They come in all shapes and sizes to match any need.

4. Organizing your storage is difficult

Truck Boxes
Multiple lid truck boxes allow you to organize and store your cargo, provide security to your belongings, and provide easy access. There are many different box styles and shapes to suite your specific needs, and to help you organize your belongings. Many of these boxes are even designed to utilize and increase storage space, such as the Pork Chop Boxes, made to fit over your wheel well.  

Tool Boxes
Tool boxes are a great way to enhance your storage by providing a secure, organized space for tools and other belongings. Many of these boxes are designed to increase otherwise unused spaces, such as the Weatherguard Lo Side, which sits above your truck box, allowing for more storage beneath. The compartments in these boxes improve how you are able to organize your storage, and provide additional storage space.