If you own a pickup truck or SUV chances are your vehicle looks quite a bit different than from the day that you bought it home from the dealership. I'm not talking about wear and tear, scratches or dings, or any other thing that may have happened to it over the course of time. Rather, I am suggesting that you have customized it to look the way you want it to look. Let's take a peek at some popular accessories on the market for pickups as well as for SUVs.
There are literally hundreds of after market parts and accessories available for trucks and SUVs. The following list is an alphabetical example [well, almost] of add-ons for your consideration:
Air Filter - Reusable air filters are growing in popularity as motorists see both the performance and environmental benefits of using one.
Bed Mats - Scratches and stains are a thing of the past with a properly installed bed mat on any pickup truck.
Car Bras - Also known as hood protectors, many truck and SUV owners are opting for this important accessory to keep their vehicles free from flying debris as well as to give their vehicle a custom look.
Dog Box - Even poochie needs his place. Especially a great idea for protecting your GMC Yukon from pet hair and dander.
Engine Module - Looking for more power? An engine module will allow your truck or SUV to obtain higher horsepower and acceleration.
Fender Flares - Going for a custom look? If so, fender flares are the way to go and they offer additional coverage for the fender area too.
Grille Guard - Especially helpful if you have to round up cattle or want to offer extra special protection to your front end.
Hitch - Great for towing!
Intake Tube - More air for your engine, means more power.
Jumper Cables - You never know...
Knock Sensor - Not really an accessory, but listed because I needed a "K" to complete the example.
Liquid Tank - When you just have to keep it all cool...
Mud Flaps - A cool as well as useful accessory to keep your wheels looking great.
Nerf Bars - Tubular free form bumpers beat out stock bumpers every time.
Overhead Storage - Hey, you have to store your firearms somewhere, don't you?
Performance Chip - A great way to crank out more horsepower and thrust.
Q - Not much use for this letter, is there?
Running Boards - Sometimes you need something more than a pole vault to enter your 4 x 4.
Seat Covers - Custom fitted seat covers can protect your seats from rips, tears, and stains.
Tailgate Door - Remove the door and go with the net. Keeps everything in its place.
Umbrella - You'll need one to get from your truck to your home.
Vent Visor - Keeps the water from drenching you while exiting your GMC Suburban.
Winch - You just never know when you'll get stuck...
X+Y+Z - Okay, close enough. They don't name hurricanes with these letters, so why should accessories be any different?
If you were to fully accessorize your truck or SUV with all of these parts you would pay thousands of dollars for the privilege. Your vehicle would also look overdone too! Of course, it would be better for you to be selective and choose those accessories that mean the most to you. Shop an online wholesaler of automobile parts and accessories for the best prices too.
About the Author
Copyright 2005 -- Matt Keegan is a contributing writer for the Auto Parts Warehouse, a wholesaler of fine GMC accessories and GMC parts.