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How much does it cost to maintain a truck?
The cost of maintaining a truck can average between 5 percent and 10 percent of the vehicle's purchase price. Maintenance cost will depend on factors such as the age, make, and model of the truck. Truck maintenance involves things such as brake servicing, checking the batteries and the drive axles, servicing the driveline and exhaust system, as well as the steering, engine, and suspension.
What are the most commonly replaced truck parts?
Trucks are heavy vehicles, and this weight can place a great deal of strain on a truck's braking system. For this reason, a truck's brake pads and brake rotors often need regular replacement. The list of commonly replaced truck parts also includes tires, headlights, brake lights, turn signals, windshield wiper blades, and batteries.
An immobilizer is used to prevent your car from being stolen, and this electronic device causes your car's engine to stop running unless a specific key is present. Recent studies have shown that immobilizers have reduced car theft by as much as 40 percent. All cars sold in the United States since 2012 come standard with immobilizers, and aftermarket versions are available for older cars.
What is an anti-hijack system?
An anti-hijack system is a device that is used to discourage and prevent criminals from hijacking cars. Many anti-hijack systems use a car's alarm or immobilizer system to help achieve their objective. The best anti-hijack systems will work to initiate a quick and safe shutdown of your car if it is stolen.
A curb feeler is also known as a curb finder, and it's a device that's used to let drivers know when they're at an ideal distance from the curb for parallel parking. Curb feelers extend out from the car's body, near the wheels. They scrape against the curb if the driver gets too close, and they help prevent damage to the car's wheels when parking.
A car body kit is a set of customized body parts that have been designed to modify the appearance of a stock car. In many cases, a car body kit is comprised of components such as front and rear bumpers, spoilers, and side skirts. These kits may be made of fiberglass, carbon fiber, or polyurethane.
A cargo barrier is a device that fits in the rear of your vehicle, and it's used to shield passengers from large loads contained in the rear of the vehicle. Cargo barriers are also used to shield passengers from pets being transported in the vehicle's rear area. These barriers promote passenger safety.
What are headlight covers?
Headlight covers are installed over your car's headlights, and they are designed to modify the light transmitted by the headlights and/or protect the headlights from pebble chips, insect splatters, and scratches. A headlight cover may take the form of a clear, vinyl film or a snap-on plastic cover.
A car bra is a sheath that fits over the front end of your car, and it's designed to shield the vehicle's bumper, hood, and fender from scratches and damage. Car bras are usually made of thick and resilient vinyl on the outside, with a soft inner lining that is designed to coddle your car's paint job. A car bra's inner lining is often made of flannel.
What is a bicycle carrier?
A bicycle carrier is a device that's mounted to your car for the purpose of transporting a bicycle. Bicycle carriers are also known as bike racks, and choices are available that may be attached to the roof, trunk, or rear tow hitch of a vehicle. Bicycle carriers are available that are designed to be used with motorcycles.