Shopping for truck accessories can be a lot of fun, however it can be tough to find the right accessories to fit your specific truck. The key is to concentrate on one accessory at a time. Here is how to find which truck accessories fit with your truck.
Choosing the Tires
The tires are one of the most important and popular types of truck accessories. The key to choosing the right type of tires is to base the choice on the purpose they are expected to serve. For an instance, all terrain tires fit with the truck when the truck has to be used in rugged terrains and on rough roads and paths. They are also great for achieving a tough look and are good for daily driving purposes. On the other hand, the mud tires are meant for completely different conditions. These mud tires are not fit to be used on a truck that has to be driven on a highway, everyday. These tires may lend your truck an extra rugged look, but they produce much more road noise and will lower your performance on the street.
Finding the Fender Flairs
Many state laws forbid tires that extend out past the fenders. This is where the fender flairs come in handy. The fender flairs offer a way highlight the tires that are much larger than the original size tires. These flairs add to the appearance of the fenders and cover the extra portion of the tires. However, they only look good on trucks with extra large tires--otherwise they just stick out like a sore thumb.
Looking for a Grill Guard
The grill guard is usually available in a variety of different colors, designs and materials. You have to decide on the color that suits the appearance of the truck. Also, size is another issue that has to be taken into consideration. The grill guard should not be too big or too small. Its main purpose is to protect the headlights and the front of the truck from damage. Don't opt for the largest guard that will fit, if it doesn't serve its purpose. It will end up looking out of proportion.
Deciding on the Audio System
The audio system to be installed in a truck has to have the right combination of a powerful woofer and efficient speakers. If the truck is larger in size, install an audio system that is powerful enough to maintain the same quality of audio in all corners of the truck. For a smaller truck, choosing the less powerful audio system makes more sense.
Lowering Truck Accessory Prices
From integrated chassis systems and sun roofs to personalized DVD players and video screens, optional truck accessories can end up being quite expensive. Each add-on can be hundreds or even thousands of additional dollars at a dealership. In order to save money on your truck accessories and find the best deals, you need to do some creative research.
Purchasing Add-Ons at the Dealership
The easiest way to purchase truck accessories is to have the add-ons installed when you purchase your truck at the dealership. In many cases, this option is the fastest and, unfortunately, most expensive way of adding accessories. However, there may be some dealership incentives or other rebates you can take advantage of. This depends upon the dealership, the current automotive market and especially on your own resourcefulness.
Searching for dealership incentives online is an excellent way to find out about rebates and other offers that may not be readily presented when you set foot on the lot. Before you begin negotiations about a potential purchase, search the internet and consult with recent consumers about discounts on certain accessories or other add-ons. If you do find something, don't hesitate to bring it up with the dealer during your negotiations.
Installing Accessories to an Existing Truck
If you've already got a truck and you're looking to expand its capabilities by adding an accessory or two, you have a variety of options. The most common is to take the truck to a mechanic or shop that specializes in the particular accessory in which you're interested. As a consumer, you have the advantage of being able to shop around for different quotes and deals between markets. Don't take the first offer given to you. Spend some time looking at different mechanics and shops in your area and look for the cheapest option.
You can also add accessories to a truck yourself. This is easier for certain features than for others, and may not be a suitable task for everyone. If you're mechanically-minded and have an interest in automotive work, this is likely to be the cheapest option available. You still want to browse around for the best price on parts, and you may need to enlist a mechanic for assistance and advice, but you'll save a good deal of money on labor costs.
The Best Trucks for Truck Accessories
There are three trucks that take the lead in accessory options. They are the Ford F-150, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevrolet Silverado. The following list is not in order of importance, but rather an informative look at the various options all three offer. Let's start with the F-150.
Ford F-150 SuperCrew Short Bed
- Exterior. If you plan on towing a trailer then you can have a trailer brake and wiring harness installed. The weather and elements can take a toll on the truck, so having splash guards decreases the amount of mud, snow and ice that can corrode the lower body. The rear window can be controlled by the push of the button and heated to clear off any snow or ice, and there are many other exterior options including racks and carriers and a fuel plug for security
- Interior. There are several options for the rearview mirrors, include headlight glare dimming and exterior temperature and compass displays. Another accessory is the home-link, which gives you a link to such things as the lights, garage door and security system at home. Like the exterior, the inside can take a beating, so the option of all-weather floor mats is appealing
- Electrical. The accessories here are both plentiful and useful. The remote starter system makes cold mornings a bit warmer and gives you a feeling of security. With the SmartAlert GPS Tracking and Recovery System, you never have to worry about getting lost or finding your way back home
Toyota Tacoma Long Bed Crew Cab
- Exterior. The hood protector, which is aerodynamically-designed, can keep the hood and windshield protected from debris. Another exterior option is the bed extender, which gives the truck bed increased storage space area and protection. A cargo divider can be installed in the bed, allowing you to keep items in the bed separate from each other. The TRD 16-inch 5-Spoke Off Road Alloy Wheel is one performance option designed with rugged off-road driving in mind
- Interior. A Blu-Logic® Hands-Free system gives you the comfort to use your cell phone, but also a sense of safety in not having to fumble and look away from the road. It allows you to use your phones by one push of a button and the use of a voice-activated microphone. Another attractive option is the Emergency Assistance Kit, which contains such emergency tools as jumper cables and a flashlight. These interior options give the feeling of security and comfort
- Electrical. The Tacoma can be upgraded with an iPod® Interface, giving you the option to control your own music selection through the steering wheel. In addition, XM Satellite radio is available
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD Short Bed Extended Cab
- Exterior. Some exterior light upgrades are the EZ Lift tailgate and fog lamps. One performance option is the Automatic Locking Rear Differential. This sends more power to the wheel with grip, giving better traction and reducing skids
- Interior. For comfort, the inside has a six-way power-adjustable driver seat and the option of steering wheel-mounted controls. The interior can be suited for the varying needs and wants of different drivers
- Electrical. To expand on some of the interior accessories, the electrical area has the OnStar® security option. This accessory lets users request emergency help, directions and other services. There is also wireless Bluetooth connectivity
When it comes to accessories many trucks have similar options that are both attractive and practical. Whichever truck you purchase, they can all be fitted for your comfort through a variety of exterior, interior and electrical preferences.