Protect your Head, Get a Headache Rack

March 27th, 2015

Illustration of man sitting in pick-up truckYour truck is more than just a vehicle that gets you from point A to point B. You chose to become a truck owner because they look great on the road, but more importantly, they are an incredibly useful tool in so many ways. Whether you use your truck for commercial projects, or you just like to help friends and neighbors move a lot, you probably make good use of your truck bed. Whether you are hauling heavy materials, or using it to keep your tools close at hand, you need a little bit of protection. A headache rack is the perfect piece of equipment to give your truck a classic look, and improve its performance and safety as a work vehicle. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Many Wonders of Window Tinting

March 20th, 2015

tinted-windows-truckTinted truck windows may seem like a purely aesthetic addition, but this added layer of shade could do a whole lot more for a truck than you may think. Spring and summer are finally in sight, and that means a whole lot of sunshine. While window tinting adds a bit of privacy for any truck owner, it can also provide you with some serious benefits as a driver. Read the rest of this entry »

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Spring Maintenance Tips for your Truck

March 13th, 2015

Having fun on gravelDuring the winter months, snow, salt, and mud cake your truck with a thick layer of grime. Winter driving can be tough on your truck, and it’s important to make sure that you’re all set for summertime cruising. Summer is a whole new world for trucks, full of high temperatures and fun road trips. Spring falls perfectly between our most intense seasons, giving you an excellent window to catch up on spring maintenance and make the transition a smooth one. Read the rest of this entry »

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Winter Driving Tips for your Truck

March 9th, 2015

Blizzard on the road.We have just survived what we can only hope is the final snow storm of the winter. Spring is weeks away and everyone is more than ready for the roads to thaw out, but we may not be past the snow yet. Winter driving can be hazardous and many people prefer to opt out of dealing with icy roads and low visibility. If you decide to brave the storm and hit the road, you’ll need to drive a little differently than normal. With a few tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the freshly fallen snow and feel safe at the same time.

Pre-Drive Check Up

Before you head out on the snowy roads, make sure your truck is up to the task. Ending up stranded on the side of the road in a blizzard is about as unpleasant as it could get, so make sure your battery, belts, and cooling system are up to snuff. Make sure your car starts with no troubles and that your windshield wipers and fluid are in the proper condition. It is very important to make sure all of your lights are working and bright. Brake lights and signals are some of your best tools for communication with other drives.  Improper maintenance will sabotage even the best snow driver.

Equip yourself

If you do find yourself stranded somewhere, you need to make sure that you have all of the necessary supplies. Make sure you have a snow scraper that is in good condition, jumper cables for your battery, and a flashlight. It is also a good idea to keep blankets, a jug of water, and some warm winter gear on hand. To make sure you are extra prepared, include some non-perishable snacks, sand for traction, and a shovel in your trunk.

Start with the basics

Before you head out on the roads, give yourself your best shot at success. Clear as much snow as possible from your truck, paying special attention to your back windshield, lights, and mirrors. Making sure that you can see other drivers and that they can see you is important. Your biggest hazard won’t be the snow, it will be other drivers.

You will be most successful if you pay attention to your truck and rely on your knowledge of how it works. Brakes can give you the most trouble on icy road ways. Make sure that you brake early and give yourself enough room to stop if you lose traction.

Speed limits are posted with dry roadways in mind. Don’t try to meet or exceed them in the snow. At slower speeds, your car will perform better. It is so much better to be safe rather than sorry.

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Why Should I Consider Remote Start for my Truck?

February 27th, 2015

truck-remote-startWith one fancy click of a button, you can start your vehicle. You don’t even have to be inside it. Installing remote start may seem like an unnecessary addition to your truck, but they are quickly becoming the way of the future. Often criticized as unsafe, remote starters have their some potential drawbacks, but for many truck owners the benefits outweigh the bad. If you’ve started to consider adding remote start feature to your truck, you should know about the exciting future that waits.

Temperature control

Whether you’re dealing with crippling heat or bone chilling cold, the temperature in your car will reflect it. Temperatures in a closed car can get incredibly high in the summer, while you might as well be getting into a freezer in the winter. Remote starters will help you make sure that you are cruising at a comfortable temperature. A few extra seconds of heat or air conditioning can make a world of difference.

On top of creating the perfect temperature for you, a remote starter can benefit the engine of your car as well. As was discussed in an earlier blog, truck engines don’t need much warm up in the winter, but about 30 seconds to one minute of warm up can be beneficial. With a remote starter, you don’t even have to leave the building to get your car ready to drive off. Even better, you’ll have a much easier time clearing snow and ice away if your car has already had a short chance to heat up.

Resale value

Remote starters are poised to become a fairly standard addition to plenty of new cars. When you spend a little bit of money having one installed in your truck, you’ll make it infinitely more desirable for new buyers. You’ll see this as an even bigger selling point if you live in an area that often sees extreme temperatures, especially snow.

Safety

Remote starters are often written off as unsafe. People say that a running vehicle is easier to steal. The truth is that while the engine is running, your car remains locked until you decide to unlock it, and a key is required in order to switch your truck out of park and into drive or reverse. Some remote starters even notify you if your vehicle’s security is being tampered with.

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If you need more information about installing a remote start system, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many  Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

 

 

 

 

 

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Benefits of Floor Mats

February 19th, 2015

blue car matsThe floor of your car is much like the floor of your home. It can make a bold style statement, it is tough to keep clean, and it can influence resale value. You can’t exactly install hardwood in your truck, but you can get floor mats. This simple accessory can do so much for your vehicle, but is often overlooked as useless. You can invest as much or as little as you want to make sure that you reap all of the exciting benefits of floor mats.

Stain protection

The world is full of things like mud and pebbles that can damage the floor of your vehicle. This often results in some pretty irreparable wear and tear to truck carpeting. Floor mats are the easy and obvious solution. Mats will create a barrier between your pristine carpeting and things like road salt, snow, mud, and grime. Instead of having to spend hours maneuvering around your interior and scrubbing floors, you can simply remove your mats and rinse them off.

If your daily routine consists of heading off to work with coffee, grabbing a soda at lunch, and taking your dog for a post-work walk, you are in desperate need of floor mats. These common tasks are some of the biggest causes of floor stains. Floor mats will stop liquids from soaking in, and shorten the process of dog hair removal.

Increase value

When it’s time to say goodbye to your beloved truck and move on to a newer model, you’ll be thanking your floor mats. Stains and tears can be a major turn-off for buyers. They make your car look old, used, and unattractive. Clean and well-kept floors tell buyers that you treated your car well while it was under your care. If your carpeting is in good condition, the mechanical aspects of your truck probably are too.

Add style

Floor mats aren’t just functional, they’re stylish. There are so many options on the market that range in material, color, pattern, and price. Whether you want to keep your truck looking smooth and streamlined, or you want to jazz it up with some bright hues, you can find floor mats that have both functionality and flare.

If you need more information about seat covers and floor mats, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many  Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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Do You Need to Warm up Your Truck?

February 11th, 2015

truck-warm-upWarming up trucks and cars is a common practice for drivers. Many people think it is necessary for the health of your truck’s engine, while others do it so that they can drive off in a nice and toasty seat. There’s no denying that it is much nicer to get into a warm vehicle than a cold one, but as far as the health of your truck goes, extensive warming isn’t necessary. Most professionals agree that your car needs between 30 seconds and one minute of warm up to get fully ready for your morning drive.

The myth

According to a study conducted in 2009, most Americans believe that when the temperature is below freezing, cars need a full five minutes to warm up. This idea was likely handed down from parents to new drivers over the course of time. Prior to the 1980s and 1990s, most vehicle engines employed carburetors as a means of mixing the right amount of air with the right amount of fuel. Since then, cars and trucks have relied on electronic fuel injection. Carburetors required warming up in order to function properly, but with fuel injection, sensors adjust to temperature quickly.

The reality

While the switch to electronic fuel injection largely eliminated the need to warm up your vehicle, you shouldn’t start your car in sub-freezing temperatures and skid away. Cold temperatures alter the viscosity of your oil. When your oil is thicker, it takes a bit longer to make its way to all of the necessary parts of your engine. Without proper lubrication your engine could wind up with some damage. The time it takes for your oil to warm up is short. Give your truck about a minute of warm up in extreme temperatures, and you’ll be good to go.

The problem

When you let your car idle for several minutes in the interest of warming it up, you aren’t doing yourself or the environment any favors. It is estimated that two minutes of idling is equivalent to one mile of driving. This can add up and cost you precious dollars in fuel. In fact, it is estimated that Americans waste 3.8 million gallons of fuel each day because of idling. Additionally, while your car is idling it is releasing unnecessary pollutants into the environment.

If you need more information about caring for your truck during the winter, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many  Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

 

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Protecting Your Truck from your Canine Companion

February 6th, 2015

DogTrucks and dogs are man’s best pals, but they don’t always go together so well. The image of a dog in a truck is pretty iconic, but onlookers don’t usually see the damage that your dog can do to your interior. Whether your dog rides shotgun, or hangs out on the back seat, you can make sure that you can keep on cruising together without the messy hassle of clean-up.

Nails

Your dog’s sharp nails can be detrimental to your leather seats.  Even with the best-behaved dog, you could still end up with scratch marks. Leather is soft and fragile, and even if you trim your dog’s nails every two weeks and keep them buffed smooth, you could run into issues. The best option here is to purchase seat covers. You can choose ones that add some style to your truck, or choose basic ones that you can slip on just for your dog. Either way, your leather will have an extra layer of protection against those digging claws.

Hair

When you’re trying to keep anything looking sharp, dog hair is your worst enemy. This rule applies to your truck as well. Unless you’ve got a fancy non-shedding poodle riding alongside you, you know what a pest dog hair can be. There’s no way to avoid it. Not even shaving your dog will help. You’ll just end up with a funny looking pooch and tinier hairs all over your seat. Seat covers come in handy here as well. Instead of cleaning your interior, you can simply remove the cover and rinse away the hair in your washing machine.  If your pup is a frequent visitor to your truck, keep a lint roller handy to lengthen the time between washes.

One of the worst places to find thick layers of dog fur is on the floor of your truck. Floor mats can be a life saver. Hair doesn’t stick so easily to rubber floor mats, so when your dog jumps out, you can remove the mats and shake off the hair in a second.

Noses

When you pick up speed and there’s a nice breeze blowing, your dog is going to want to stick his face out the window. You’ll find nose prints and slobber all over your windows, creating a layer of film across the glass. The solution here is simple; keep a bottle of glass cleaner in your car. Once a week, remember to clean them off.

If you need more information about seat covers and floor mats, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many  Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

 

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Your Work Truck (or Van) Plays an Important Role in Customer Satisfaction

January 29th, 2015

Work Truck Customer SatisfactionIt’s a weekday routine: wake up, drive to work, hop in the company truck, and head out to your headquarters for the day. Are you conscious about how you drive in the work truck? Companies generally want you to drive differently than you drive your own car: being courteous to others on the road, keeping the cut-offs to a minimum, and obeying traffic signals. The outside of the company-owned van has the logo on it, and the company wants you to give it a good reputation. A good reputation means a boost in customer satisfaction.

Work Truck Appearance

If you are a business owner, wrapping your work truck or van gives you loads of free advertising after you spend a few dollars to do it. The business vehicle should be washed regularly and have little to no dents in it. Even the inside of the truck should be cleaned, because anyone at a red light can peek over and see trash piled on the passenger floor or cigarette burns on the seats. Regular maintenance of the car is essential so as not to distract other drivers in a bad way. If the tires are squealing every time you pull out of a parking spot, that should be fixed so others around do not look at the company truck with disdain. Having a clean truck is also crucial for safety. If you pull up in a wealthy residential neighborhood, people will notice if your work truck fits in with the quality of service they are expecting. A professional truck gives a skilled appearance, which will instill confidence in customers.

Driving the Company Truck

Make sure that whoever is driving the truck is reliable and responsible. It doesn’t reflect well on the business name if a driver is texting behind the wheel, or being careless in regards to other cars on the road. Keeping in mind the goal of customer satisfaction, a driver should always assume the cars around him or her are potential future clients. Having a work truck out and about is fairly convenient for workers. If you own a landscaping business, for example, all tools can be in the truck so there is no need to go to the corporate office during the day. Trick Trucks offers customization of company vehicles in regards to shelving – so tools can stay organized and easy to reach. The more time out and about, the more people will see the company logo on the truck.

If you have any questions about Work Truck Customization, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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Truck Parts and Accessories Make the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

January 29th, 2015

Valentine’s Day Truck Parts and AccessoriesValentine’s Day is fast approaching. It is generally a day of girls being wooed with classic gifts of chocolates, flowers, and jewelry. There is never a traditional item that men receive, so it is difficult to decide what to get your man. Don’t know what to get your guy this Valentine’s Day? If he has a vehicle, Trick Trucks has you covered.

Truck Accessories

Trick Trucks has many different interior parts to upgrade your guy’s car this Valentine’s Day. From seat covers to iPod docking stations, our employees can turn a car into an impressive ride. Giving your guy a gift for his car also benefits you; he will want to drive more often and you will not be embarrassed of his automobile. Trick Trucks can install a navigation system as well as a backup camera. Those tight parallel parking spaces in the city won’t be scary anymore.

This winter has been a brutal one. Another gift option is a remote starter, which is great for both men and women on Valentine’s Day. Having a warm car ready to go once you get outside into the cold is a luxury. The great part about remote start is that your guy’s car can stay locked while the engine heats up, so there is no need to worry about a break-in.

Interior lighting and audio equipment are always a top choice for vehicle presents. Trick Trucks can light up the floorboards or install overhead lighting that differentiates the car from other models. Double Din Stereo systems are also available for purchase. These stereos go directly into the dashboard and are compatible with multiple types of media players. Touchscreen allows for easy access and the lighted face makes it easy to see in the dark.

Truck Parts

A grill guard is a truck part that protects the front bumper. It is an extra layer of protection and great if your significant other enjoys off-roading. A few types of finishes are available so you can pick the best one that matches the truck. Another exterior truck part is a truck cap. This goes over the bed of a truck and can be made from various materials. It protects items in the truck bed from getting wet or damaged in the rain or snow.

If you would like more Valentine’s Day gift ideas for your guy or have any questions about Truck Accessories, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK or click here! We also invite you to explore our many Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here.

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