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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Fuel Efficiency Tricks for Your Truck

January 15th, 2015

Fuel Efficiency TruckYou’ve carefully chosen your truck. You’ve spent hard-earned cash perfecting it and tailoring it and you’ve finally got your dream car. Now, thanks to outrageous gas prices, you spend each mile calculating how much fuel you are using instead of enjoying the open road. With a few simple tricks, fuel efficiency won’t be on your mind anymore.

Practice fuel efficient driving

  1. When you’ve got the truck to back you up, it’s easy to get aggressive on the roads, but it turns out that many of the anger-driven moves that drivers make, can cost them precious dollars in gas. Stay calm, cool and collected, and improve your fuel efficiency.
  2. Avoid idling. Sitting in the cab of your truck to warm it up before a wintry drive, or cool it down after a summer cruise simply isn’t necessary. While you’re sitting still, your engine is eating up fuel and costing you money.
  3. On that note, skip the drive thru. If you simply turn off your truck and head inside, you’ll avoid idling and excessive starting and stopping, saving you fuel.
  4. Think ahead when driving your daily route, and anticipate. If you’re focused on your truck’s next move, your acceleration and braking will smooth out and you won’t have to slam on the brakes as often. It’s simple, but effective.
  5. Don’t speed. We all do it. We all should stop. Fuel efficiency decreases as speed increases past 60 miles per hour, so speeding is not your wallet’s friend.
  6. Avoid using you’re A/C frivolously. If you’re driving under 50 mph, opt for open windows instead. For highway driving, A/C is actually a better option than windows to cut down on wind resistance.

Practice good truck maintenance

  1. If your check engine light turns on, have your engine checked. Follow the guidelines of good maintenance, and your fuel efficiency won’t hit any unnecessary hurdles.
  2. Don’t skip the car wash next time you fill up. When mud, dust and bugs are allowed to accumulate on the outside of your truck, it can increase drag. Clean trucks are fuel efficient ones.
  3. Keep the bed of your truck empty as often as possible. Unloading your truck is another major way to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. If that isn’t an option, truck bed covers are a great way to create the same effect.
  4. Maintain good tires. When tires are under inflated it forces your engine to work much harder.

Fuel efficiency is a problem for everyone, but it gets even trickier when you drive a truck. These few simple tricks can add a load to your bank account and take a load off of your mind.

If you need more fuel saving tips, please contact Trick Trucks today by calling 1-866-60 TRICK. We invite you to explore our many Interior Truck Accessories and Exterior Truck Accessories while you’re here. Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well.

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Backup Cameras on Trucks Come with Visible Positives

January 15th, 2015

Backup Cameras TrucksOne of the most difficult routines a driver faces is shifting the vehicle into reverse gear and backing up.  Nothing about it feels natural, no matter one’s driving style.  If you use your mirrors, you only have a few small points of visibility.  If you twist your head or body, you contort yourself into a knot and you still can’t see everything.  Any inability to see is concerning and dangerous for any driver, even when the task is just to back out of a parking space or driveway.  This is even more painful when children or small objects can cross the path of the car without the driver noticing.  Even worse, trucks and SUVs are even more susceptible to this issue due to their designs.

The Blind Sides

The places a driver can’t see are called “blind zones”.  They exist on every vehicle, from motorcycles to tractor trailers.  They originally prompted the advent of mirrors, which are now standard on all vehicles.  Mirrors help a lot while driving at road speeds where they can help prevent merging accidents, but they can only help so much when reversing out of tightly-packed shopping mall spaces or in neighborhoods with active children.  Trucks and other large vehicles suffer even more greatly from this than sedans due to extended rear compartments or other design features.  For these types of vehicles, objects or young people within an average of 27 feet of the very rear of the car are at risk for injury because drivers simply cannot see them with head-checks or mirrors.  This is a very dangerous situation in locations where children of a young age regularly run around.

Seeing the Signs

Thankfully, new innovations in motor vehicle technology are always on the horizon.  As such, a new answer to a problem as old as trucks themselves is now available: rear-view backup cameras.  Many car companies have already played numerous commercials on television for this advent, touting increased safety for the driver and anyone or anything unfortunate enough to sit behind the vehicle at the time it reverses.  The science backs up the claims, too.  The average reduction of blind zones for trucks and SUVs in one study was an astounding 90 percent—cutting the blind zone from 27 feet to 2.7 feet, or less than a meter.  The cameras project a motion image onto a screen in the dashboard of the vehicle, where the driver can see it safely and comfortably.  Along with backup cameras, parking sensors can help drivers by providing an audible notation of nearby obstacles They can cut down blind zones by an extra two or three percent, just for that extra edge of safety.

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Trick Trucks can provide you with more details on backup cameras and installation.  Call 1-800-60 TRICK or, to visit our website, click here!  Also, please feel free to investigate our selection of Exterior Truck Accessories while you visit.

 

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The Benefits of Truck Bed Covers

January 2nd, 2015

Truck Bed Covers

It’s snowing, windy, and your best friend just asked you to help him move because he knows you have a truck.  You are immediately glad that you bought a new truck bed cover so items do not fly out or get ruined in the process. Your friend asks, “Do we even need a cover?” Naturally, you then have to give him all of the reasons why using a cover in the winter is necessary.

Covers are needed for hauling furniture and loose odds and ends.

Truck bed covers will hold your friend’s dresser in place and prevent his socks from flying out into the snowy abyss. Since your friend is moving to an urban setting, he needs to transport his personal items securely and safely.  Truck bed covers will do the job, keeping belongings out of sight and making it time consuming for nosy thieves to reach in and grab something. Accessories such as locks for the cover are also a plus when leaving items in the truck for long periods of time.

There are multiple types of truck bed covers.

There are various forms of Tonneau covers, providing easy access to the truck bed. Various styles include a tri-fold, a roll up cover, a flip cover, and a regular folding cover. If you are going with a Tonneau cover, pick the one easiest for you to use and the most capable of covering the goods in the truck bed. Some covers are made of aluminum which are durable and can withstand storms. Other truck bed covers made of canvas allow for more storage space in the bed. This type of cover would be best used when helping your friend move because it allows for maximum space and oddly shaped items. Another type of truck bed cover is a camper shell, which is usually aluminum or fiberglass. This type of shell is ideal for camping as it can be tall and has a door and windows for easy exit and entry.

Weather affects your truck bed.

Not only does a truck bed cover protect the bed from snow, wind, and hail, it also saves it from heat in the summer months. Sunlight can be damaging to items in the truck. A truck bed cover also drastically reduces the drag of the truck, enabling the truck to get more mileage per gallon of gas. Driving to your friend’s new house will cost less and keep his furniture dry.

If you need more information about truck bed covers or are looking to buy one this 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.

Sources

http://www.truckchamp.com/pages/tonneau-covers-benefits

http://trucks.about.com/od/truckcap/a/Pros-And-Cons-Of-Truck-Bed-Covers.htm

http://www.autoanything.com/tonneau-covers/pros-and-cons-of-a-tonneau-cover

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Winter Driving Tips and Tricks

December 23rd, 2014

Winter Driving TipsThis year may have seemed relatively quiet with a long spring and mellow summer, but rest assured: winter is coming. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this winter will have above-normal snowfalls, which means driving in wintry conditions will be more like the rule rather than the exception. Snow can freeze and become slippery ice, but both present major hazards to drivers – possibly even fatally. To stay safe during those wintry conditions, we’ve put together some winter driving tips:

Winter Driving Tips and Tricks

  1. Stay awake! Driving in dreary weather conditions requires a great deal of energy and concentration, and can leave you tired and exhausted by the end. To stay awake, consider lowering the heater so you don’t put yourself in a situation to nod off because it’s toasty and warm.
  2. If you can postpone a trip, do it. It is always better to be safe than sorry. If you can’t hold off on your trip, make sure someone knows your travel itinerary: your departure point, where you are headed, and when you plan to arrive. Keep a phone that is charged in your car with you so you can make emergency phone calls if necessary. Also make sure you have blankets, gloves, hats, food, water, and any necessary medications with you in the event you get snowbound.
  3. Cold air means low pressure. To combat a flat tire during the winter season, make sure you keep your tires inflated and check them regularly. The only thing keeping your car connected to the surface area, even if it’s covered in snow and ice, is your tires. You might want to also check your treads to make sure they’re not worn – if they are, they will be less likely to grip the roads, making it more likely your car could lose control in poor conditions.
  4. Be mindful of acceleration and deceleration as it can be difficult to gain traction on icy or snowy roads. For best results, slowly accelerate and build up to your normal speed so that you maintain traction throughout. The most common cause for winter accidents is accelerating too quickly and losing traction.
  5. Drive carefully! You can never be too safe, and on snowy or icy roads, driving slowly can mean the difference between a safe arrival or an emergent departure. Build extra time into your schedule to guarantee your safety.

Most of all, remember: if you can stay home, stay home!

If you need more winter driving tips, 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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