If you are like other truck owners, you love your vehicle. Unfortunately, your truck’s value will depreciate over time. However, there are a few accessories you can add to your truck, such as custom car seat covers, that can increase its value.
Increase Gas Mileage Through Accessories
Several aftermarket parts can actually help you increase your gas mileage. For example, a high-flow cold air intake system improves the quality of the air your engine receives, making it denser, colder and saturated with oxygen. This higher-quality air impacts its performance directly by giving you more power and better function, saving you money on fuel.
You need less fuel for lighter vehicles. Therefore, when you replace your factory shocks, springs, sway bars and struts with aftermarket suspension kits, you reduce the weight of your vehicle and improve its handling capabilities. Changing your truck’s electronic control unit can also reduce your fuel consumption when you find a balanced fuel mixture.
Finally, you can improve your engine efficiency using an aftermarket cat-back exhaust system. The larger pipes allow for the truck’s exhaust to move more efficiently and give your engine a nice sound.
Focus on Interior Protection
As you look for ways to increase or maintain your truck’s value, don’t underestimate the value of keeping the interior in good shape. Consider installing custom car seats and floor liners to protect the vehicle’s original upholstery and carpeting. You should also protect your dashboard from the harsh rays of the sun through window tinting or dashboard covers.
A retractable tonneau cover can protect your cargo area. Not only do these accessories conceal your cargo, but they keep the weather out of your truck bed, keeping it from collecting snow and rain that could contribute to rust and wear. Also, paint protection films prevent damage to your truck’s paint. This is especially beneficial if you have a limited edition paint color.
Trucks are typically work vehicles, so you may be less concerned with rear-seat entertainment and more concerned with practical accessories that improve functionality. Therefore, a tailgate step, running boards and mudguards are valuable aftermarket accessories. In addition, trucks are often used for towing, so consider a hitch receiver.
If your truck is older, you may consider adding safety accessories. For example, you could add a rearview camera or blind spot detection system. You may also consider upgrading your lighting. Also, consider a security system if your truck is not already equipped. You can even bundle it with a remote start, so you don’t have to get out in the weather to start your car.
Have Some Fun
You can also install a few fun accessories. Consider paint upgrades, and a great sound or entertainment system. You can even have a touchscreen installed on your dash that is connected to a GPS system, your stereo and your truck’s cameras.
Follow an Aftermarket Accessory Strategy
The key to getting the most out of your aftermarket accessory purchases and improving the value of your truck is to really get to know your potential buyer. Then, choose upgrades that most potential buyers will find valuable.
To maintain your truck’s value, don’t forget to keep up with your maintenance, e.g., checking your truck breaks , filters and other parts regularly.