Sunday, November 19, 2017

Black Friday Blowout!

Black Friday Blowout!

With the up and coming holiday season looming ever nearer, and Black Friday weekend approaching, we are offering a huge blowout on tonneau covers across the board! It's more of a Black Friday week at Auto Truck Depot, because starting at midnight tonight and running until December 1st we are offering 10% nearly every single tonneau cover on our website!

Included in our Black Friday Week sales are the Rockstar Splash Guard Mud Flaps, and the Roctection and Roxter Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps! With winter rolling in, the roads are covered in gravel and salt, and both can do major damage to your vehicle's undersides if you aren't protected. Plus, mud flaps are a legal requirement in many places, so cover your rear while the price is at its lowest.

With the largest selection of tonneau covers in Canada, from Access to Undercover, we've got something for everyone. Are you shopping for a gift to give a loved one this holiday season? Maybe you're rewarding yourself for a year of hard work. Whatever the occasion, this is the best time to buy a new tonneau cover.

But that's not even everything yet. On top of the ten percent off, if you purchase a UnderCover Ridglander by December 31 2017, you'll get to choose between a FREE 4 Ski Carrier or Luggage bag from Rhino Racks! Ridgelander isn't the cover for you? The UnderCover Flex tonneau cover comes with a free Tailgate Pad if you purchase one before November 30th!

Not only that, but until December 14th, we are also offering 10% off all Husky Liners products! Winter is hard on your vehicle inside and out, and Auto Truck Depot wants to help you keep your truck in the best shape possible for as long as possible. Guard your carpeting from mold, rot, and mildew by putting a Husky Liners mat between the floor and your snow and mud covered boots.

Another great gift idea this holiday season is a Remote Car Starter. Nothing is worse than getting up early for work in the morning and having to run out into the cold to start a frozen car. Instead, enjoy a relaxing morning, eat a healthy breakfast, all while warming up your vehicle remotely.

Unlike our competitors, our remote starter prices include everything, with no fees or charges to be tacked on after. That means that our listed price includes all of the parts and labour for our professional installation technicians to get your new starter installed properly, safely, and quickly.

Auto Truck Depot is your Canadian source for the highest quality truck and automotive accessories at the best prices. If you find a price in Canada that's better, we will match it!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Best Products to Maximize Your Vehicle Storage Space and Lifespan

Whether you've got a family camping trip planned this summer or you're looking to hit the slopes with friends this winder, the issue of vehicle storage always comes up. There are too many people and gear, not enough space. Especially if you own a small vehicle. In this article, I will walk you through the details of the types of storage expansion options we carry, and what you can expect from each.

Cargo Boxes

Cargo boxes come in various sizes and styles for any vehicle. These boxes are durable, secure and install on an existing roof rack system to let you store your cargo safely on the top of your vehicle. 
Yakima SkyBox 18 Carbonite Cargo Box | Auto Truck Depot
The Yakima SkyBox 18 Carbonite Cargo Box secures to the top of your vehicle to provide 18 cubic feet of additional storage. This box is ideal for hauling cargo for up to 4 people and it is great for snowboards and skis up to 215 cm in length. Its sleek aerodynamic design reduces drag to make your ride smooth, and most importantly, it frees up room inside your vehicle to make your adventures more comfortable.
Yakima boxes come in various sizes and styles. Here are some available options to choose from.

Cargo Baskets

Cargo baskets, such as the Yakima Loadwarrior, can help secure and transport items on that you can't fit in your vehicle. The open air platform provides extra cargo space on the top of your car to secure larger items, and there are a wide range of products that can be added to help further secure the cargo.. 
Cargo Nets, like the Thule Stretch Cargo Net can be used to cover and secure your cargo inside a cargo basket. Most cargo nets are made of a mesh that stretches and conforms to your load.
Yakima LoadWarrior Cargo Basket | Auto Truck Depot
There are various sizes and styles of cargo baskets to choose from, depending on personal preference and need. Here is a list of a few we carry.
  • Thule Canyon Cargo Basket
    • Tapered side walls make loading and unloading easy
    • Wind fairing shape increases aerodynamics and reduces drag
    • Built for style 
  • Thule Trail Large Cargo Basket
    • Flat cargo area for easy loading and unloading
    • Integrated front and rear t-track channels for mounting additional rack accessories such as lights
    • Upper load surface is covered with rubber to provide extra grip for longer loads
  • Thule Trail Medium Cargo Basket
    • Flat cargo area for easy loading and unloading
    • Integrated front and rear t-track channels for mounting additional rack accessories such as lights
    • Eight adjustable tie-down loops included for securing loads
  • Yakima LoadWarrior Cargo Basket
    • Adds cargo space to the top of your vehicle
    • Open air platform allows easy access to tie-down materials
    • Accessory bars act as crossbars form gear specific racks and provides added security
  • Yakima MegaWarrior Cargo Basket
    • Larger version of the LoadWarrior
    • Accommodates most Yakima gear and mounts
    • Best for larger trucks and SUVs 

Cargo Bags

Thule Interstate Cargo Bag | Auto Truck Depot
Cargo bags are durable and water-resistant to provide additional cargo space on top of your vehicle. These products provide a great deal of space when needed and can be easily folded and stored. Here is a list of cargo bags we carry.
  • Thule Interstate Cargo Bag
    • Provides up to 16 cubic feet of additional storage
    • Twin compression straps ensure cargo is safely secured
    • IP-X3 test certified for water resistance
  • Thule Outbound Cargo Bag
    • Provides up to 13 cubic feet of cargo space
    • Twin compression straps ensure cargo is safely secured
    • IP-X2 test certified for water resistance

 Ski & Snowboard Mounts

For anyone planning on hitting the slopes this winter, a proper ski or snowboard mount is ideal, and it's always good to think ahead. There are various styles and sizes that are designed to protect and secure your skis, boards and vehicle during transportation. Check out the wide range of high quality ski and snowboard carriers we stock and start planning for the future.
  • Thule Snowcat Ski & Snowboard Mount
    • Telescoping arms change to the width of your vehicle for a perfect fit
    • Rubber coated arms protect skis and boards from being scratched
    • Fits up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards
  • Thule Tram Ski & Snowboard Carrier
    • Transforms an existing bike carrier into a winter ski and snowboard carrier for your vehicle
    • Hold skis and snowboards securely with rubber padded arms
    • Locks skis and snowboards into carrier with 2 Thule One-Key lock cylinders
  • Thule Universal Flat Top Ski & Snowboard Mount
    • Ultra-soft rubber arms hold skis and snowboards securely
    • Holds up to 4 pairs of fat skis or 2 snowboards
    • Oversized push button for easy access, even with gloves
  • Thule Universal Pull Top Ski & Snowboard Mount
    • Skis and boards slide from top of roof to side with telescoping arms
    • Ultra-soft rubber arms grip and secure skis without scratching surfaces
    • Fits up to 6 pairs of fat skis or 4 snowboards
  • Thule Universal Snowboard Carrier
    • Safely and securely transport up to 2 snowboards
    • Angled design prevents binding and vehicle contact
    • Lock arms grip and secure boards without scratching surface
  • Yakima Big PowderHound Ski & Snowboard Mount
    • Holds up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards
    • One-button access for easy loading and unloading, even with gloves
    • SKS LOCK CORES included for full security
  • Yakima FatCat 4 Ski & Snowboard Mount
    • Holds up to 4 pairs of skis or 2 snowboards
    • DoubleJoint hinge system lets you mount modern fat skis and boards
    • Includes SKS LOCK CORES for full security
  • Yakima FatCat 6 Ski & Snowboard Mount
    • Holds up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards
    • DoubleJoint hinge system lets you mount modern fat skis and boards
    • Includes SKS LOCK CORES for full security
  • Yakima HitchSki Ski & Snowboard Hitch Rack
    • Converts hitch rack into ski carrier
    • Upper arms adjust to 2 positions and lower arms are adjustable to accommodate various ski and board sizes
    • Caries up to 6 pairs of skis or 4 snowboards
  • Yakima PowderHound Ski & Snowboard Mount
    • Holds up to 4 pairs of skis or 2 snowboards
    • SKS LOCK CORES included for full security
    • One-button access makes loading and unloading easy, even with gloves
If these options aren't quite cutting it for what you need, or you want to explore other options, check out our article, Choosing the Right Roof Rack System, for another method of cargo transport.

Auto Truck Depot

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

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Chevrolet and GMC Cab Style Guide

Chevrolet and GMC have a larger number of Cab Styles than most other brand of truck. This gives you more options when purchasing a truck, but makes getting the right accessories more difficult. In this article, we will help you navigate the cab types so you can correctly identify your vehicle and get the right accessories the first time.

Chevrolet/GMC Pickup Truck Cab Styles

1. Regular Cab

Chevrolet Pickup Truck with Regular Cab
A regular cab has two doors (one on the passenger side and one on the drivers side). There are no back seats.

2. Double Cab

Chevrolet Double Cab
A double cab has 4 full doors that all open in the same direction. Each door has a handle located on the outside of the truck. The back doors are noticeably smaller in width than the front doors.

3. Extended Cab

Chevrolet Extended Cab
An extended cab has 4 doors. The front doors have to be open in order to open the back doors, and the handles are usually located on the inside of the door and not visible from the outside.

 4. Crew Cab

Chevrolet Crew Cab
A crew cab has 4 full doors that all open in the same direction. The door handles are all located on the outside of the truck, and both the front and back doors are the same width.

Auto Truck Depot

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

Monday, November 13, 2017

Tips for Safe Driving This Coming Winter

Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter driving

Winter Driving Tips | Auto Truck Depot
You can never be too prepared when it comes to winter, especially in Canada. Rather than putting off the necessary work until the last minute, try starting to prepare you vehicle now. You'll be happy you did when your life is less stressful come the onslaught of winter.
Make sure your battery is fully charged and in working condition. Clean posts and make sure the connection is strong. Replace your battery if it does not hold a full charge, has cracks in the casing, or seems otherwise unsafe. We carry a line of high quality Optima Batteries to help get you going.
Check your ignition. Check and replace any worn or damaged wiring. Replace any worn spark plugs. Make sure that all lights are working properly and replace any that are burnt out. Make sure that your head lights are properly aimed. Be sure to check and service your brakes to ensure even braking. 
Install winter tires. Do not mix tires with different tread patterns. This can cause uneven traction. It is important that you check your tire pressure frequently to ensure you have the best traction on icy surfaces. It is best to check your tire pressure in colder temperatures to prevent under inflation. If tires are checked in a warm garage they can lose pressure when in cold weather, making the tire pressure unreliable on ice.
Check your exhaust for leaks that could result in harmful carbon monoxide emissions in your vehicle. Check radiator hoses and drive belts for cracks and replace any that are worn. Make sure the heater and defrost work well.
Visibility is important, especially when the weather is bad. Be sure that your windshield wipers are in good working condition. Replace any windshield wiper blades that streak. It is worthwhile to get wiper blades that are designed for winter. If you are in need of new windshield wiper blades, check out some of the wiper blades carried by Auto Truck Depot. Be sure to keep your windshield washer fluid full with fluid for up to -40°C and always keep extra in your vehicle.

Safety tips

Check the weather patterns before driving, especially before driving on the highway. Be prepared for the weather. Keep your vehicle stocked with an ice scraper/brush, flashlight, booster cables, a shovel and warm clothes. You never know when you might need these things.
Always drive at speeds that are safe for the conditions. This is often slower than the speed limit. Keep distance from other drivers to reduce collisions. This is especially important when conditions are icy. Know how your vehicle handles, and drive appropriately and brake slowly. Avoid locking your wheels as this can cause you to lose control.

Auto Truck Depot

107, 42 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Toll Free: 1-855-253-4330
Sources Cited:
Transport Canada. Winter Driving: You, Your Vehicle and Winter Driving. N.p.: Transport Canada, 2015.CAA. Transport Canada. Web. 12 Dec. 2015.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Explore the Alberta Rockies: Top Skiing and Snowboarding

The ski season is still in full bloom, and Alberta has some of the most incredible ski resorts the world has to offer, so load up your belongings and head out to the Rockies. Make more room for your winter adventures by adding a cargo box to the roof of your vehicle to help you travel comfortably, and load your skis because you don’t want to miss out on what Alberta has to offer.
Norquey Ski Resort
Mount Norquay, Lake Louise, and Sunshine village are known as the big three, and are all located in Banff National Park. If a weekend getaway in Banff is what you are looking for, Mount Norquay is the ideal place to hit the slopes with your friends and family. Mount Norquay is located right in town and offers world class skiing, dining, tubing, and more.
Sunshine Village: TeePee Town LX
Sunshine Village is located just outside of Banff, and they recently opened the TeePee Town LX chair lift. This is the first heated chairlift in Canada and can move up to 1,200 people per hour at 305 metres per minute. If you plan on travelling with skis or snowboards, you may want to consider adding a ski and snowboard mount to your vehicles roof rack or hitch to save space inside your vehicle. This is especially useful if you plan on visiting multiple ski resorts with a car full of family or friends.
Not far from Sunshine Village is Lake Louise Ski resort. Ski both sides of this beautiful mountain, take a run on a world class terrain park, and finish the day off with some fine dining in the lodge.
These three incredible ski resorts are only hours from each other so you can experience all three in a single weekend, and that’s not all. You can also ski Canada’s highest base elevation of 1,697 metres at Marmot Basin in Jasper National Park, or you can check out the 104 trails of Castle Mountain 2 hours west of Lethbridge. And if you’re looking to spend some time in Calgary, you may want to spend the day enjoying winter festivities at Canada Olympic Park, or head out to Nakiska, Calgary’s closest mountain only 45 minutes away.

If you need a hand with racks or other vehicle accessories to get you set for the winter, be sure to give us a call.

Auto Truck Depot

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

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Protect Your Battery From Winter Damage

Battery issues are the number one cause of vehicle break downs, and the cold winter months don't help the situation. Batteries can die at any time, but they are most likely to croak in the winter due to power output drops, a decrease in the battery's ability to accept charge, and of course an increased power load from things like heaters and other electronics. 
Jump Starting Dead Battery
There are various tips that can help you avoid a dead battery this cold season, and one of the first things you should do is check the clamps and connections on your battery for corrosion. Keep your connection clean to ensure your battery is able to get a strong connection to your vehicle. If you have a struggling battery that is over 5 years old, replace it. You are better off replacing it before it leaves you in a roadside situation.
Keep your battery fully charged. A full charge can protect your battery from freezing, especially if left unused for more than a day at a time. Optima Batteries explains that an uncharged battery can freeze at warmer temperatures because the sulfuric acid and distilled water are not properly mixed. This can be avoided by keeping your battery fully charged when the car isn't in use with an advanced battery charger. You can also avoid trouble by making sure everything electrical is turned off when parking your car. This includes the radio, heater and lights. To increase your chances of starting a vehicle that has been parked in the cold, be sure to turn off everything electrical before turning the ignition. 
If you are unable to start your car or turn on any lights, there's a chance your battery might be frozen. Optima Batteries suggests that you do not try and jump start a frozen battery. You should check the battery casing for cracks, and if any are visible, a replacement battery is needed. If the casing appears to be okay, it is best to remove the battery from your vehicle to a warmer location to thaw on its own. Once this process is complete, reinstall into the vehicle, and if there are no problems starting, there is likely no lasting damage done to the battery. Optima recommends fully charging your car battery to prevent further issues from occurring.  
If your vehicle is in need of a new battery, check out our Optima Batteries.

Auto Truck Depot

107, 42 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta
Toll Free: 1-855-253-4330
Works Cited:
Optima Batteries. What Happens if My Car Battery Freezes?. N.p.: Power Source: What Powers Your Passion?, 20 Jan. 2014. Optima Batteries. Web. 19 Jan. 2016.
AA. Battery Breakdowns: Most Common Cause of Battery Breakdown at Any Time of Year but Particularly Winter. ,N.p.: Breakdown Advice & Information, 20 Sep. 2014. AA. Web. 19 Jan. 2016.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide from Auto Truck Depot

The holidays are just around the corner and Auto Truck Depot is here to help you prepare. In this article I will provide a list of must-have items for that special someone this holiday season.
Auto Truck Depot Gift Guide

1. Tonneau Cover

A tonneau cover is the perfect gift for anyone who owns a pickup truck. Tonneau covers provide many benefits:
  • Protect valuables against weather damage and theft
  • Increase aerodynamics, which can save up to 10% on gas mileage
  • Provide a clean, sleek look
Tonneau Covers | Auto Truck Depot
There are various styles of tonneau covers to choose from, such as Roll-Up, Tri-Fold and Retractable tonneau covers. Roll-Up covers roll all the way to the truck's cab to provide easy full truck bed access. Tri-Fold covers are often more durable and fold on hinges to provide 3 levels of truck bed access, and Retractable covers slide easily into a canister when not needed. There are various styles and types of tonneau covers, and no pickup is complete without one! Browse our selection of Tonneau Covers.

2. Cargo Boxes

Thule Cargo Box | Auto Truck Depot
If you're searching to find something special for someone who enjoys skiing, snowboarding or travelling, you can't go wrong with a cargo box. Cargo boxes attach to the roof of the vehicle to provide additional, secure cargo space. We have various sizes and styles of cargo boxes from Yakima and Thule, so you can find one exactly suited to their lifestyle. Take a look at the cargo boxes we have available.
Remote Starters | Auto Truck Depot

3. Remote Starters

Remote starters are a perfect gift for anyone living in Canada. The winters are cold and harsh, but there's no need to battle the cold to start a vehicle with a remote starter installed. Auto Truck Depot caries a wide range of remote starter packages with various features, so you can find the perfect starter for that special someone. We also offer professional installations of remote starters so you don't have to worry. Take a look at our remote starter packages.

4. Tool Boxes & Fuel Tanks

Dee Zee Tanks | Auto Truck Depot
For anyone who uses their pickup for work purposes, a tool box, fuel tank or a transfer tank and utility chest combo is an ideal gift. We have a large assortment of tanks and tool boxes to fit in any pickup to provide safe and secure organization for tools and other belongings. Browse our selections of:

5. Ski & Snowboard Mounts

Thule Ski & Snowboard Rack | Auto Truck Depot
If you know someone who takes routine trips out to the mountains, there's no better gift than a ski and snowboard mount. These provide a convenient and secure space to mount ski or snowboard equipment on the roof of your vehicle or hitch. There are various styles and sizes to match any vehicle type, and it eliminates the need to pack skis and boards inside the vehicle. Search our selection of ski and snowboard mounts.

Other Gift Ideas

If you are still uncertain about the perfect gift, take a look at:
If you want to be sure to get exactly what they want, try treating them to an Auto Truck Depot Gift Card and let them choose. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Happy Holidays.

Auto Truck Depot

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

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Best Gifts Under $50

With the holiday season sneaking up, it might be time to start thinking about what to get your friends, family, or spouse for Christmas. To help you out, here is a guide of some great gift ideas from Auto Truck Depot.

Gifts Under $50

Access AA Battery LED Light - $49.99

Access AA Battery LED Light | Auto Truck Depot

The Access AA Battery LED Light is fully waterproof and sticks anywhere with 3M adhesive tape. This light is useful in truck beds and many other applications such as in toolboxes, cases, or wherever you may need an extra light source. 

Access EZ-Retriever - $29.99

Access EZ-Retriever | Auto Truck Depot
The Access EZ-Retriever makes it super easy to get those hard to reach items in the back of your truck box. Because the EZ-Retriever is an impressive five feet long, you will be able to reach up to eight feet effortlessly. The cargo management tool is also useful when loading or unloading cargo. Though these products are considered truck bed accessories, they can be used in many other ways as well. They are great for grabbing items off of high shelves or other tough to reach spots in the home and come in handy when camping, hiking, boating, or enjoying other activities in the great outdoors. Because the product is so lightweight and versatile, it’s easy to store in a truck bed or garage without taking up allot of space.

Access LED Light Strip - $39.99

Access LED Light Strip | Auto Truck Depot
The Access Truck LED Light is a wonderful addition to the Access line of truck bed accessories. This powerful LED light is perfect for use with trucks and for other vehicles as well, including boats, campers, recreational vehicles, sport utility vehicles, and more. All that is needed to operate the truck bed light is a 12 volt power source. Simply attach the included wires to the power source, flip the power switch to the on position, and watch your vehicle fill with light. Perfect for seeing clearly and for having fun all night long, this light is a great addition to any vehicle. It is fully waterproof for increased safety, installs quickly and easily, and comes in twelve inch LED light strips for maximum illumination.

Extang MaxSeal Tailgate Seal - $34.99

Extang MaxSeal Tailgate Seal | Auto Truck Depot
MaxSeal from Extang prevents debris, dust, rain and snow out of your truck bed and is easy to install. MaxSeal comes in a universal length and can be used on any Year, Make, Model, with any lid, tonneau or top. MaxSeal is made of industrial strength all-weather rubber that is sure to last through even the most extreme conditions.

Extang Tonno Tonic - $29.95

Extang Tonno Tonic | Auto Truck Depot
Extang's Tonno Tonic cleans, shines, and protects your tonneau cover. This inexpensive treatment promises to keep your vinyl truck bed cover looking good.  And while it has been developed, tested and proven to protect any manufacturers vinyl truck bed cover, it also gets the thumbs up for use on any rubber, fiberglass, plastic and leather surfaces. 

Evolution Windshield Wiper Blades - $29.99

Bosch Evolution Wiper Blades | Auto Truck Depot

Evolution windshield wiper blades by Bosch provide a consistent and clear wipe. They are made of a high quality blended rubber for a clean, quite performance. These high quality blades will not let you down.

Icon Series Windshield Wiper Blades - $39.99

Icon Series Windshield Wiper Blades | Auto Truck Depot

The Icon series windshield wiper blades from Bosch are extremely durable and last up to 40% longer than average windshield wipers. Their precision fit design provides exceptional performance and smooth operation.

Micro Edge Windshield Wiper Blades - $39.99

Micro Edge Windshield Wiper Blades | Auto Truck Depot 

The Micro Edge windshield wiper blades are made of precision-cut natural rubber for a smooth, reliable performance. The frame is made of a durable steel and the pre-mounted adapter provides an easy installation.

SUV Mud Flaps - $29.99

SUV Mud Flaps | Auto Truck Depot

Protect your vehicles back end with mudflaps. These simple, yet effective accessories will protect the back end of your vehicle from rocks and road debris. They are easy to install and maintain, and they look great.

 Thule Stretch Cargo Net - $49.99

Thule Stretch Cargo Net | Auto Truck Depot

Ensure your cargo is properly secured with the Thule Stretch Cargo net. This net features extra large impact resistant hooks to fasten your load to your cargo basket. The mesh net stretches to fit any load.

Auto Truck Depot

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

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Product Comparison: ACCESS Original and ACCESS TonnoSport Roll Up Tonneau Covers

When there is such a wide variety of products available to choose from, sometimes it's hard to make a decision. That's why, at Auto Truck Depot, we operate this blog. We want to make your shopping experience as quick and painless as possible and leave you excited and happy about the tonneau cover you've purchased for as long as you own it. Sometimes, choosing between brands can be tough, and other times choosing between models within the same brand can be hard.
So, in this article we are going to lay out the differences between two very popular tonneau covers in the same style and brand. What is the difference between the ACCESS® Original Roll-Up Cover and the TONNOSPORT® Roll-Up Cover?
ACCESS® Original Roll-Up Cover
ACCESS Original Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
The obvious difference is the price. The Original is a premium tonneau cover while the TONNOSPORT® is an economically-priced model and their costs reflect a difference in features. 
ACCESS TonnoSport Roll-Up Tonneau Cover
Consider the following:
Each cover offers a different look, or aesthetic, for your truck bed. The Original is an increased-capacity tonneau cover designed to sit one and a half inches above the bed rail, giving you extra room for cargo.  The TonnoSport is engineered with a low profile design that sits only half an inch above the bed to give your vehicle a more sporty, trimmed look at the cost of the extra inch height.
The Original has an exclusive SLANTBACK REAR DESIGN that tapers down over your tailgate for an improved seal and a more aerodoynamic style, while the TonnoSport, already designed with a slim look, ends abruptly at your tailgate.
The Original has a series of rails and bows that are painted black to match the colour of the vinyl and help give the cover its height. The TonnoSport has silver aluminum flat bars that help keep its low profile and minimize construction cost to save you money.
The ACCESS Original features the patented AUTOLATCH II Dual Locking System which allows you to release both side locks with one smooth motion, increasing ease of use while maximizing security. The TonnoSport has a simpler trigger latch mechanism with two slide locks.
The Original has two premium storage straps with cab guard design at the front of your bed to more securely store the cover when it's rolled up. The TonnoSport features a single QUICK CLIP Storage Strap.
The ACCESS Original also includes an Element Seal Gasket for extra protection from dust and moisture at the front bulkhead, a feature lacking in the TonnoSport.
Open truck bed with TonnoSport
While it is obvious that the Original has a larger number of more premium features, the cost is definitely a consideration. The TonnoSport is still a high quality, reliable cover. Both feature tension adjusters for the vinyl that don't require tools, with slightly different designs.
They also both boast the same double-coated, UV protected vunyl used in all ACCESS® Brand Roll-Up Covers to ensure a long lasting top that will keep your truck bed protected.

Auto Truck Depot

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

How to Install Your Tonneau Cover

Tonneau covers are a great addition to any pickup truck. Perhaps you’re thinking about purchasing a tonneau cover for your vehicle and want to be sure of the installation procedure prior to making the investment, or maybe you already have one that you’re preparing to install yourself. Either way, let me share some knowledge about how to install your cover!
Tonneau covers are usually installed with a simple clamping system that attaches the cover to your bed rails. There is no drilling or modification necessary, so even if your truck is leased, you have no worries about voiding any warranties or causing any unnecessary damage.
Installing an UnderCover Flex Tonneau Cover | Auto Truck Depot
It is important that the rails are straight, since the cover will fold open and rest on these rails. If the rails are uneven, the cover might not close or seal properly. Soft Roll-Up covers often roll out and seal along the rails with Velcro, and Hard Tri-Fold tonneau covers often include latches that secure the cover to the rails. If the rails are not positioned accurately, you risk jeopardising the security of your truck bed.
Once the rails are installed, the rest is a breeze. The cover will generally latch or secure on starting at the cab end of your truck bed and roll or fold forward. The average installation time of a cover ranges from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on your skill level, the tools you have, and the type of cover you're installing. Some covers can be removed from the rails easily after the installation, allowing you to take the top on and off at will without having to do the full installation again.
Access Original Roll-Up Tonneau Cover | Auto Truck Depot
Most tonneau cover installations are similar, but there are slight variations between different covers, so you might want to check the installation guide for your specific cover before attempting to install it yourself. All of the tonneau covers we sell on our website include installation guides and videos, which can be found in the product descriptions. If you plan on purchasing a tonneau cover, you may want to check out the installation guide for that specific cover. If you’re planning on buying a tonneau cover, but haven’t picked one out yet, take a look at these different tonneau cover categories.
Soft Roll-Up Tonneau Covers Hard Roll-Up Tonneau Covers Soft Tri-Fold Tonneau Covers Hard Tri-Fold Tonneau Covers Hard One-Piece Tonneau Covers Retractable Tonneau Covers Tool Box Tonneau Covers Tonneau Cover Accessories

Auto Truck Depot

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

How To Keep Your Vehicle Looking Brand New

There are numerous preventative measures you can take to be sure your vehicle is protected throughout the seasons. These become especially useful as winter arrives and your vehicle is exposed to road salts and other harmful elements. Here are some things you can do to prevent rust and corrosion from deteriorating your vehicle.

1. Rust Proofing

Rust proofing, if done every year, can add years to your vehicle's life by preventing the start of rust from ever forming. This is especially useful to new vehicle owners, or those who've had their vehicles repainted. 
Rust Proofing | Auto Truck Depot
Rust proofing is done with a light liquid, pressurized spray that is designed to stop rust from forming. The spray is applied to inside body sections and hidden areas of your vehicle, such as joints, fold, seams and spot welds. These areas are highly vulnerable to rust formation, and rust proofing prevents it from starting.

2. Undercoating 

Another highly vulnerable area for rust formation on your vehicle is the undercarriage. The undercarriage of your vehicle is routinely exposed to gravel, salt, rocks and other road debris that will cause harsh damage if left unprotected. 
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Undercoating is a rubber and petroleum based product that's applied to the undercarriage and wheel wells of your vehicle. There are 3 components that make up undercoating.
  • Latex Rubber - this lets the coating move and expand to adjust to changing temperatures
  • Plastic Resin - this increases the durability and lifespan of the product
  • Tar - provides sealed protection against moisture, salt and other debris that has a potential to cause rust. This also makes your ride smoother by creating a barrier against rocks and road noise
Undercoating will ultimately increase increase the life of your vehicle while simultaneously making your ride smoother and more comfortable. This treatment only needs to be done once, because undercoating is guaranteed for the life of your vehicle.

3. 3M Paint Protection

We've covered how to protect the hidden areas of your vehicle, such as seams, welds and the undercarriage. The next step is protecting the paint and outer surfaces of your vehicle with 3M paint protection
A clear film is carefully applied to the vehicle's surface, including challenging grill work, wheel openings, bumpers and other areas that require extra safeguard.
  • Provides a clear, virtually invisible urethane protective coating
  • Shields against stones, sand, bugs and road debris
  • Boosts vehicle trade in value
  • Lifetime guarantee for as long as you own your vehicle
The film is virtually invisible and acts as a shield against moisture and other debris to help keep your vehicle looking new for years to come. 

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