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Racing And Performance Seats Add Safety And Comfort
Ever since the invention of the automobile, there have been drivers who have sought to get the most performance from their vehicles, using every bit of power and cornering ability they could wring out of them. In the olden days, it was a major struggle for drivers to keep from falling out of their seats. While vehicle performance and handling both have increased a...
Interior Parts Restore Your Passenger Compartment's Functions
It's a great irony of vehicle ownership that while we're proud of our car's style, and want to show it off by washing and waxing it until it's gleaming, we can hardly see the outside of it while driving down the road. Instead, from behind the wheel, we've got hands and feet on all the various controls. In addition to the obvious ones (steering wheel and pedals),...
An Affordable Snow Plow For Those Who Need It
As we sit and write this in our warm and comfy CARiD offices, it's 15 degrees outside, it just snowed a few inches the other day, and another few inches are forecast for tonight. It could be worse! The residents of New England are experiencing one of their worst winters ever. (What ever happened to global warming?) Of course, this article is sitting on our website,...
Light Covers Can Save Your Expensive Lenses
The next time you are hand-washing your vehicular pride and joy (you DO hand-wash your car or truck, don't you?), take a really good look at the front end. We mean a really good look. Even if your ride is new, it only takes a matter of weeks before daily driving starts to take its toll. And the older your car is, the more you will see it: the effects of sand and...
Lug Nuts and Locks Dress Up And Protect Your Wheels
If you are upgrading from a set of factory wheels to custom alloy wheels, your original equipment lug nuts will be exposed and visible when you make the change. Once shiny, but now covered with rust, grease and dirt, the old nuts may have been fine when hidden behind wheel covers. But once you're rolling on new rims, the dingy look of old lug nuts just won't cut it...
Replacement Roof Panels Are a Worthy Restoration Investment
So you went ahead and did it. You found, bought, and dragged home your dream car. Except that in its present condition, it more closely resembles a nightmare. It's nothing that some sweat equity (oh, and time and money) can't fix. At least you have the time to make a plan. Looking at the body, you see rust in the usual places: the quarter panels, door bottoms, and...
Fender Flares Give Your Truck Style And Protection
Most guys and gals who drive trucks love their vehicles. They consider themselves "truck people". Some of the fun which can be had with a pickup, Jeep, or SUV involves off-roading. Equipping your ride to be successful at this kind of adventure means installing lift kits along with bigger wheels and tires. The object is to make the truck look and perform as "bad...
Portable Shop Lighting Is Bright And Affordable
Proper lighting while you work on your vehicle can make the difference between stripping a nut with the wrong tool and breaking things loose without drama. Good lighting lets you clearly see what size wrench is needed so you can make one trip to the tool box instead of three. It lets you find the source of a fluid leak or determine which parts are worn quickly and...
Safety Equipment Protects You As You Work
If you have been around automobiles as long as we have, you have clearly seen the trend over the past few decades toward greater vehicle safety. Some of us at CARiD are old enough to remember when cars did not have air bags, much less 3-point seat belts. If you are under 30 years old, you (thankfully) don't remember an automotive world without child safety seats,...
Front Hitches: Multiple Uses for Your SUV or Truck
Trailer hitches, properly called receiver hitches, are all the rage in our truck-obsessed society. When 50% of the new vehicle purchases in the USA today are some kind of pickup truck, SUV, or minivan, the addition of a hitch at the rear of the vehicle makes perfect sense. Depending on the vehicle, a properly installed and rated rear hitch can pull up to 18,000...
Windshield Shades Are For Summer And Winter Use
We know you've seen this: you have walked through a crowded parking lot at the mall or the beach during the summer, and you've spotted the flimsy cardboard windshield shade that has an illustration of a pair of sunglasses on it. On the reverse side is the word "HELP", as if you have time to set the shade in place while you're in the middle of your emergency. We are...
Air Compressors For The Home Workshop
Home mechanics invest time and money building up their collection of tools and supplies for their workshop. This process moves very quickly for some, and takes longer for others. Hand tools, electric power tools, tool boxes, a work bench, jacks and jack stands, specialty auto tools, all are accumulated so that she or he has 'everything' needed to work on the family...
Car Organizers Get You And Keep You Organized
Some accessories are just so right for your vehicle that you really wonder how it is that the car manufacturers did not offer them from the factory. These ideal accessories have an obvious use, are easy to operate, and will function in most everyone's vehicle. The best ones help keep you focused on the more important tasks, like, driving.
A Car Bra Offers The Ultimate Protection For The Front Of Your Vehicle
If you have ever put your head out the window of a moving car, you've experienced the blast of wind (along with a bug or two) in your face, which is one very good reason why you don't make a frequent habit of doing this. Now imagine the front of your car enduring such punishment, in the sun and the rain, in the heat and the cold, at all road speeds, for hours at a...
Mud Flaps Keep The Mud Where It Belongs
In the old days, when trucks were driven by farmers, contractors, and construction workers, and the rest of us drove cars, mud flaps were seen as one of the most utilitarian of accessories. When a plumber with a new pickup truck wanted to minimize how much slush splashed up on the sides of his new ride, he drove to the local car parts store, bought a set of...




Taking care of your vehicle or modifying it can be challenging if you don't have accurate and thorough information. If you're like the average enthusiast, you have plenty of questions about parts and accessories. You may want to know how to lower your car or what you need to do to fit your truck with big tires, how spoilers work, how to set up your truck for towing, or how your car will benefit from adding a cold air intake or cat-back exhaust. Maintenance and repair jobs present their own set of queries, like how do you change coolant, what parts are needed for a tune-up, what tools are necessary for brake service, or how do you know when to replace shocks. We created these Helpful Automotive Articles to answer these and many more parts and accessories buying and automotive service questions.

Our staff of professionals has decades of combined automotive experience, and they've compiled these articles to give you the benefit of their accumulated knowledge. If you're considering buying accessories to improve the look or performance of your car or truck, or obtaining parts to perform routine maintenance or repairs, these articles will help you make an informed purchase. And if you're unsure about working on your car or how parts and accessories are installed, we've prepared articles that detail the most common service issues, including how to tell when replacement is required, how to use specific tools, and how to perform the service procedure. Even if you ultimately decide that you'd rather have a professional technician do the job, you'll still have a basic understanding of what's involved so you can better communicate with the service provider.