Five or six years ago, buying an aftermarket accessory for your truck could often be a frustrating experience. Truck manufacturers built their truck without worrying about whether or not you wanted running boards or performance headers or anything else after it was off the lot. That was someone else’s problem. Times have changed.
The aftermarket parts and accessories companies, showing their stuff at the upcoming SEMA show, represent a $31 billion dollar market, every year. Trucks that are easily customized sell a lot of those parts and sell more easily themselves. It makes sense. When you buy your truck you may have a special use in mind or a personal look you want and the right parts make that happen. If it’ s hard to find well made, easy to install parts for the truck you’re considering, you might look elsewhere. The result? Companies making trucks and aftermarket parts work together so your truck accessories are available and fit right.
The only minor problem we see is now it’s really easy to put a serious hole in your wallet, so pace yourself. No more than one add on per week.