Most people like to customize their car to one extent or another. This practice is engrained in American culture and our fierce independence. Even if we buy a popular vehicle such as a Camry or Tacoma, we want to do something that makes it stand apart.
Best Car Accessories
The truth is that not all car accessories are made equal. Quite simply, some are better than others. If you’re confused by the sheer variety of options out there, read on for suggestions of the best car accessories, then decide which ones are best for you.
Most cars come with regular carpeted mats. The problem with these is when the weather turns ugly, they get ugly in a hurry. You can shampoo the carpeting on them, but some grime is tough to get out. Not only that, regular mats might wear out in a hurry if you’re constantly trudging through dirt, mud, snow, ice, salt, etc.
All-weather mats are designed to take this kind of abuse and not show the wear. They’re made of heavy-duty rubber and have lips that keep water, snow, ice, mud, etc. contained. While usually not cheap, they’re worth every penny.
Unfortunately, not everyone’s honest. While newer cars have become harder to steal for your average thief, the wheels are still big targets. This is especially true if you have nice wheels, because they can be quickly taken, transported and sold for good money.
The way to stop this problem is to invest in some locking lugs. They have a unique shape to them, so you need the “key” or a matching socket wrench that’s included in the set to get the locks off. You put one on each wheel (including the spare tire on vehicles like the FJ Cruiser where they’re out in the open) to stop thieves dead in their tracks.
If your vehicle doesn’t come with a towing package, it’s a handy feature to have. A towing package involves more than just a trailer hitch. They include ways to keep the engine and transmission from overheating while pulling the additional weight, making this accessory well worth the investment.
Door Edge Guards
One of the most common areas for paint damage is the edge of doors. They can come into contact with walls, poles, other vehicles, etc. Over time chips, dings and scratches pile up, then corrosion takes hold and can start spreading across the door and to surrounding parts.
With the door edge guards, all of these problems are eliminated. When professionally installed, they look seamless and are barely noticeable.
Paint Protection Film
Sometimes called a “clear bra,” this protective film is like a suit of armor for the front of your car. A layer of incredibly durable urethane keeps the paint free of blemishes from rocks and other road debris you’ll undoubtedly come across. Each section is designed to fit the highest risk areas of your car, like the front bumper, hood, front fenders and side mirror caps.
The paint protection film goes on clear, so people don’t even notice it’s there. It’s a great way to preserve the clean look of your vehicle for years to come.
A tasteful, body-colored rear spoiler can add a nice look to your car. It provides a sporty flair that also sets your vehicle apart from others. Genuine spoilers also fit with the overall look of the car, maintaining the originally feeling instead of looking garish and out of place.
Not only do spoilers look great, they perform a function. A spoiler forces the back end of the car down at highway speeds, providing increased stability as a benefit.
If you have a pickup truck, you’re likely going to haul things on a pretty regular basis. Sometimes items are too long for the payload, which is where the bed extender comes in. It’s essentially like a cage that sits over the extended tailgate, bumping out the cargo space that much further.
Unlike other solutions, a bed extender is see-through, so other drivers can still spot your taillights, keeping with local laws. The extender also locks in place, properly securing your stuff. When the tailgate is folded up and locked, the extender is also locked in the bed, keeping it safe from would-be thieves.
At T3 Atlanta we can install all of these car accessories or more, helping you to achieve the custom look and functionality you desire.