- Cargo Management- use alt shift right arrow to open the sub menu
- Exterior Car Decoration- use alt shift right arrow to open the sub menu
- Towing Hitches & Winches- use alt shift right arrow to open the sub menu
- Car Covers
- Truck Bed and Tailgate Accessories- use alt shift right arrow to open the sub menu
- Rightline Gear
- Truck Covers
- Golf Cart Covers
- Waterproof Car Covers
- SUV Covers
- Jeep Covers
- Car Protection
- Snow and Ice- use alt shift right arrow to open the sub menu
Guide to exterior car accessories
Exterior car accessories may enhance your vehicle's appearance, but they're essential and functional depending on your needs, too. Carriers, racks and covers protect your vehicle from getting dinged and scratched up from bikes, skis and luggage. Other accessories, such as hitches, let your vehicle do double duty by towing everything from boats to campers.
- Roof racks: Look for a multipurpose and low-profile modular rack that lets you add on for different uses. All-aluminum racks are lighter than steel, and both are durable.
- Cargo carriers: Carriers mount to or sit on top of racks. Choose from lightweight, waterproof bags or aerodynamic, sleek hard tops. Bags let you carry oddly-shaped objects, and they fold flat when you need to store them. Hard carriers come in various lengths and heights. Look for a self-standing top lid for easy loading.
- Cords and straps: You can never have too many adjustable straps and bungee cords to hold down items on your rack. Tread carefully when placing bungee cords to avoid injuries if they whip back when you're packing the car.
- Truck tool boxes: A truck tool box that's weatherproof with a reinforced steel lid protects your gear from elements and may deter theft.
Truck bed and tailgate accessories
- Bed extenders: Add up to two feet onto the back of your truck bed with an extender so you'll be able to haul extra long, large loads.
- Bed liners and coatings: To protect your new truck or replace your old truck's liner, choose a drop-in or spray-on liner. Drop-in liners are easy to install and remove. Spray-on options won't slip or rattle around, and they provide texture for non-skid surfaces. Sprays can't be removed once they're put on.
- Truck tents: Truck tents are meant for camping and typically fit two average size adults. Higher truck tents allow you to get dressed much easier. Look for a tent with folded seams, double stitching and edges of the floor that are slightly raised off the truck bed, which minimizes bugs and water intrusion.
- Racks: Heavy-duty racks mount on top of the truck bed and/or rails and triple your space while protecting your rear windshield.
Snow and safety accessories
- Fuel cans: It's always a good idea to carry a brand-new fuel can for empty-tank emergencies. Once you've used the can, buy another new one and store the used one out of your car for safety reasons.
- Plastic cones: Traffic cones come in handy when you're stuck on the side of the road because they alert other drivers to steer clear. Look for cones with reflective portions for night use. Collapsible cones are easy to keep in your trunk.
- Emergency flares: If you find yourself in an emergency in a remote area, use flares for signaling your location to others. Look for flameless flares for roadside emergencies. Flashing LED bulbs stay on for hours, and many stick to your car's exterior via a magnetic base.
- Warming blankets: Blankets plug into your car's 12-volt lighter outlet to keep you warm in frigid temperatures. Look for extra-long cords so the blanket reaches to the back seat of your vehicle.
- Lockout kits: If you or your newly minted teen driver is prone to leaving keys in the car, a lockout kit helps, eliminating the need to call the fire department or call a locksmith to unlock the doors. Larger kits can open various car doors. Look for door wedges that make this process easier.
- Emergency road kits: For peace of mind, a travel emergency kit comes in a durable carrying case and includes items like booster cables, flashlights, a first aid kit, cones, a tow strap, gloves, banners and more. Consider a kit with a complimentary one-year roadside assistance membership for additional safety.
- Car escape tools: seat belt cutters and window breakers.
- Snow and ice scrapers. windshield protection
- Vehicle covers: Choose a cover depending on whether you're keeping the car indoors or outdoors. Protect your car indoors from dust, bugs and animals that crawl in. Indoor covers are more breathable than outdoor covers, which are airtight to keep out weather along with critters. Measure your vehicle before buying a cover, or purchase one specifically designed for your make and model.
- License plate covers and frames: Update your cover or frame to freshen up your car's appearance. Frames come in numerous finishes, such as polished mirror, brushed, black pearl and black powder coat.
- Ventshade collection: This collection of custom-molded window visors keeps your car interior cool on hot days and dry in bad weather. They're easy to install with special auto tape.
- Bumper stickers and decals: vinyl car wraps.
Towing and trailer hitches
If you have a boat, trailer or camper, you'll need a trailer hitch to tow it. You can also use a trailer hitch for bike racks. To get the right tow setup, you'll need to know the following:
- Weight: The weight capacity of your vehicle will determine what you can and can't tow.
- Ball: Having the correct ball mount and trailer ball is important for your towing setup. You'll need the right size to fit the receiver on whatever you're towing.
- Owner's manual: To ensure you choose the right towing setup, consult with a hitch installer shop or look in your vehicle's owner manual.