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The Best Skiing Essentials For Your Car

Going Skiing (or snowboarding, if that’s your jam) takes a lot more than just the gear you need on the mountain. With resort prices soaring lots of folks are resorting (get it?) to making their cars their primary base camp while on the mountain. That means you’ll want lots of the comforts of the lodge in your car, in addition to your gear. Today, we’ll take a look at all the skiing (or snowboarding) essentials you’ll need for your car this season.

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Nextbase IQ 2K Dash Cam Review

Fantastic Hardware, Promising App

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How This Foam Gun is a Great Substitute for a Pressure Washer

When it comes to washing my car, I prefer using a pressure washer, but I'm well aware that isn't feasible for everybody. One of the main reasons why I enjoy using a pressure washer is because of the foam cannon, which blankets my car with a nice layer of soapy car wash. But if you aren't able to use a pressure washer with a foam cannon, the Foam Blaster 6 from Chemical Guys is a great alternative.

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Why I Decided to Upgrade My Interior Lights to LEDs

The brightness of your vehicle’s interior lights usually doesn’t cross your mind until something goes missing in the cabin’s depths or you need to buckle a squirming baby into her car seat at night. Most vehicles come with standard, inexpensive bulbs to light the passenger compartment; they do the job, but little more. Having experienced both of the aforementioned circumstances over the last few months, I decided to spend the time and money to upgrade my vehicle’s incandescent interior lights to LED bulbs.

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The Best Black Friday Automotive Deals 2023

Officially, Black Friday isn’t happening until November 24, 2023, but that hasn’t stopped online retailers from releasing seasonal deals without warning, which began this year in early October. So if you’re in the market for saving money and avoiding the Black Friday rush, you can start taking advantage of some best Black Friday automotive deals from major retailers’ websites such as Amazon. We’re including some of the best automotive deals from them below. Automotive tools, parts, supplies, accessories, audio, fluids, equipment, and more are the same year-round, so we like to wait for sales like this to snap up the things we’ve had our eye on.

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Does My Truck Need a Tonneau Cover?

The dilemma over whether your trusty truck needs a tonneau cover has plagued truck owners for years, sparking heated debates among the automotive aficionados and leaving many a pickup owner pondering the pros and cons. So, does your truck really need a tonneau cover, or is it just another overhyped and needless accessory in the world of vehicular extravagance? Let's delve into the reasons behind using them and not.

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Milestar Patagonia X/T and M/T-02 Tire Review: American Alternatives

It's 10 pm instead of 10 am thanks to flight delays, I'm headed two hours out and seven thousand feet up into the San Bernadino Mountains, and the temperature display on the dashboard of this Ford Bronco Raptor is quickly dropping toward the low 30s. My tires are a set of big and chunky Xtreme All-terrains from a brand I've never heard of. Hit it? Or is this going to be a very hairy drive?

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Best Overland Tires for Adventure

If you're planning on heading off-road, then it's time to upgrade the tires on your SUV or pickup.

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Best Overland First Aid Kits

Help is there when the worst happens off-road

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The Best Personal Locator Beacons: Get Found When You Need It Most

Getting out of cell service is more than just a side effect of exploring the outdoors. Sometimes it's the point.

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BougeRV CRPRO25 Portable Car Fridge Review

Keep Cool This Summer

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Best Power Banks For Charging Your Outdoor Adventures

Going off the grid is great until you realize just how many modern conveniences you don't want to live without.

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The Best Roof Rails and Roof Racks

The best roof rails, cross bars, and roof racks should be high on the list for anyone looking to add storage capacity to their car, truck, or SUV. You can put any odd-shaped cargo that won’t fit inside—or that’s dirty and you don’t want inside—up and out of the way, and still have all your interior room. You can use roof racks and rails to attach a secure, weatherproof cargo carrier; use as a rooftop attachment for kayaks, surfboards, snowboards, skis, fishing rods, bicycles, or just about anything else you can think of.

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The Best Truck Bed Tents: Your Bed Away From Home

One of the best parts of having a truck is just how versatile it can be. You can tow a camper behind it, put a tent on the roof or a rack, or you can even turn the entire truck bed into a tent.

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Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus 3 UHP Tire Review

The Pirelli P Zero All Season Plus 3 UHP is the Italian tire company’s latest entrant in the Ultra High Performance all-season tire category.

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Essential Gear for Your Toyota 4Runner Overlander

The Toyota 4Runner is an iconic off-roader.

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Pirelli Scorpion All Season Plus 3 SUV Touring Tire Review

The latest entry in Pirelli’s Scorpion line of crossover and SUV tires is the Pirelli Scorpion All Season Plus 3.

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Best Jeep Tube Doors

Going doors-off is one of the best parts of driving a Jeep, but it can also be one of the more frustrating. Taking your doors off can make things more complicated when it comes to safety, convenience, and even the law. Fortunately, there are some great Jeep tube doors available that can solve all of those problems but still give you all of the benefits of no doors.

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Chemical Guys Incite Foaming Color Changing Wheel Cleaner Review

One of the biggest battles in keeping vehicles clean has to do with their wheels.

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New Thinkware U3000 Dash Cam Introduced

One of the industry leaders in after-sales dash cams, Thinkware, has introduced the brand’s latest product, the U3000 dash cam.

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Best Jeep Mirrors With Doors Off

The fight for supremacy between the Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco could go on forever, but there’s one line where Ford is the clear winner. When you take the doors off of your Wrangler, the mirrors come with it. Ford’s Bronco lets you see behind you. But thanks to the aftermarket, you can even the score in a hurry. With Jeep Wrangler doors off mirrors that give you options to let you see traffic behind you when you’re feeling the breeze.

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Best Rooftop Tents

If you’re like us, you love camping. But you might not love sleeping on the ground. A tent is great to keep you out of the elements, but it is also, well, a bit of a pain. Finding the right site takes work, avoiding rocks, worrying about water pooling, and then there’s the setup itself. A rooftop tent takes all of that work out of the equation.

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Best Overlanding Gear: The 10 Items You Need on Your Next Camping Adventure

Want to join the growing ranks of overland campers? Here are 10 items you’re going to need from Autoguide.com.

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RoadX RXFrost FX11 Winter Tire Review

A Value Tire for the Budget Enthusiast

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The Thermal Imaging Camera: The Game-Changing Diagnostic Tool You Didn't Know You Needed

If you’ve spent any serious amount of time as a shadetree mechanic, more than likely, you’ve watched as the number of diagnostic tools in your toolbox has grown steadily over the years. OBD-II scanners, borescopes, multimeters, circuit testers, oscilloscopes – you’ve likely shopped around for one or all of them at some time or another. But there’s one particularly versatile, yet often overlooked, piece of diagnostic equipment that’s been growing in popularity over the past few years, owing both to the breadth of applications in which it can be used, and to the steady growth in availability of the technology: the thermal imaging camera.

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We Try Out FINN, the German Car Subscription Service Now in the US

Car subscription services have really struggled to take off in the US.

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The Best Truck Tonneau Covers

Owning a pickup truck has plenty of benefits (like making you very popular with your friends when they’re moving), but everything you have sitting in your truck bed is exposed to the outside world. That means weather, thieves, and even just falling out in the wind on the highway. To protect your truck bed, you need a tonneau cover. A cover that sits over the bed, usually mounted to the sides of the bed, keeping everything out of the weather and out of sight.

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Big Juice: Testing the EcoFlow Delta Pro Power Station

In the world of portable power stations, the EcoFlow Delta Pro stands at the edge of where “portable” and “big” meet. It’s only portable because it comes with wheels and a telescoping handle like a piece of carry-on luggage, because even with two wrapped handles, you’re not slinging this nearly 100-pound box around casually. We have moved ours quite a bit, including bringing it to a Level 2 charger and literally out into a field, but unlike the smaller Jackery we recently reviewed (and EcoFlow’s own Delta 2, which we have in testing right now), tailgating isn’t what the Delta Pro is aimed at.

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The Best Lug Nuts

What’s less than an inch in diameter and keeps your car’s wheels from flying off the axles? Lug nuts. Besides securing the wheels, a spiffy set can enhance your vehicle’s appearance.

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AutoGuide Tests: Michelin X-Ice Snow Tires

Over the past few years, our northern editors have tested tires from all the major brands, but it’s been quite a while since we ran a set of Michelin X-Ice snow tires (“X-Ice Snow” is the tire name). Industry-wide shortages meant Michelin wasn’t able to get them into our hands until mid-November, which is later than we like to put them on; but because of  a very mild fall in the East we didn’t have any early winter weather to contend with.

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Sailun Ice Blazer WSTX Winter Tire: Long-Term Review

Earlier this year Sailun launched the latest evolution of the brand’s Ice Blazer line of tires. As it’s the first new winter tire from the manufacturer in quite some time, the new Sailun Ice Blazer WSTX is a big deal. It’s also the perfect opportunity for us at AutoGuide to perform another in-depth, winter-long tire test.

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The Best Ice Scraper and Snow Brush for Winter

Getting the best ice scraper and snow brush to clear off your windshield isn’t just convenient, it’s an important safety issue. If you live where it snows, you’ve seen someone either trying to see out of a partly cleared window, or driving around with a pile of snow on the roof. In many states, it’s illegal not to clear both your windshield and roof, but it causes multiple accidents every year. Clearing your car properly should be part of your planning for safe driving in the winter.

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Lectron V-Box 48 Amp EV Charging Station Review

From bewildering new technology embraced by tech lovers and early adopters, electric vehicles are quickly entering the mainstream with nearly every auto manufacturer offering at least one – if not an entire range of EVs.  But the biggest limiting factor in EV acceptance is the lack of public charging infrastructure. Fortunately, unlike gas-propelled vehicle owners, EV folks have the ability to install their own home “refuelling” or charge stations. Though we refer to these devices as chargers, they’re more properly known as Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), passing AC current to the vehicle where it’s then converted to DC by the onboard charger.

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The Best Car Phone Mount: We Test Phone Holders

Over the past few years, we’ve tested every possible configuration of the best car phone mounts: CD slot (remember those?), cupholder, dash mount, windshield mount, and vent mount, with clamps, suction cups, magnets, and even elastic.

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The AutoGuide Guide to Gifts for Car Lovers

If you’re not a car person, and you want gifts for car lovers, you might head over to Amazon’s “Most Wished For” automotive products and find what looks like a random mix of great and terrible gift ideas, without any way of telling which one is which. That’s one of the main reasons we’ve spent the last 12 months evaluating, purchasing, and testing automotive parts and accessories, sometimes for months, figuring out which one are worth your money ( and which ones aren’t).

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Chemical Guys Cyber Monday Deals

Chemical Guys has substantial Cyber Monday discounts on a range of products—some are marked down by as much as 70%.

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The Best Undercoating Products to Keep Your Vehicle Rust-Free

If you are the kind of driver who prefers to keep your vehicles for many years, you will know well that rust is one of the most significant obstacles to keeping your car or truck roadworthy. Rust is the result of a chemical reaction that occurs when untreated metal is exposed to water or moisture-laden air, conditions that frequently exist in many coastal locations. And if you live in a part of the country where snow and ice are a regular part of winter, you will have noticed that the salt used to treat slippery roadways accelerates the corrosion process.

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Enter to Win a Chemical Guys Arsenal in Your Trunk Kit

Car enthusiasts want their automotive pride and joy to always look its best. 

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The Best Heated Seat Covers Keep You Toasty

We just didn’t understand the fuss about the best heated seat covers until we owned a car with heated seats. Since then, getting into a cold car with non-heated seats (or as we call them now, misery seats) has been an occasion for dread. Outside of some high-end models, they’re still not common standard equipment in most new cars, not that there are any new cars available now. You can upgrade your ride to get that warm behind, but there’s an easier and cheaper way. If you want warm seats, your best option is to upgrade to a new aftermarket heated cover and warm up the ride you already have.

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How To Protect Yourself From the Amazon Fake Seller Scam

While we were working on our annual Black Friday deal guide, we started to run across a startlingly large number of a specific kind of Amazon scam. Rather than the phishing, credit card, or text scams that usually make the news, these come from fly-by-night sellers with amazing deals, popping up right now during the first rush of holiday shopping. They have listings for legitimate products, but their prices undercut all the real sellers. What’s worse, Amazon’s algorithms that recommend products and sellers sometimes bring these scams to the front, scooping up enough sales to make a profit and disappear before the retailer catches on and bans them. But by then, it’s too late: They’ve got the payments, and are busy coming up with their next grift.

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Oufitting Your Truck for Winter With 4 Wheel Parts

With the first snow already falling, AutoGuide is bringing you the best 4 Wheel Parts winter deals we could find to get your truck, Jeep, or other SUV set up for the oncoming cold and mud. And this isn’t just random leftovers: We’ve worked together to find bargains on brands including WeatherTech, Rigid Industries, Smittybuilt, ARB, Mickey Thompson, and others that you know and trust.

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How to Customize Your BMW or Mini From Your Smartphone

Back in the day, vehicle customization was only possible through physically accessing and modifying the systems within your car. If you wanted, say, sequential turn signals, you had no option but to purchase specially manufactured lamps from an aftermarket manufacturer and install them. But as the auto industry has become ever more reliant on embedded computers, the door has been left open to software customization. Suddenly, kids with laptops and OBD dongles are concocting all sorts of clever ways of modifying their cars’ programming to unlock new features and implement custom routines, and as time goes on, the tools are only getting better.

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Meet the Smartest, Most Tool-Proof Trailer Lock Ever Made

We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but that trailer lock you’ve been trusting to guard your cargo for the past few years? It’s not going to last all that long against a thief with portable power tools and an above average sense of determination. While no lock is ever fully 100% theft-proof, the tougher to pick, cut, or crack open your trailer lock is, the greater the chances that whoever has resolved to take your stuff decides instead to move on to the next trailer, or gets caught in the act.

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Our Absolute Favorite Tools From SEMA 2022

Over the last four days, our team has been on the ground at SEMA 2022 in Las Vegas*, North America’s largest automotive aftermarket show. In addition to seeing all the incredible builds, we walked over 50 miles to visit every single one of the over 1,800 exhibitors, displaying every conceivable automotive part and accessory. It’s the only place you can see a six-figure laser body repair jig, trailer hitch, custom long-arm suspension, and the latest miracle scratch filler side-by-more-or-less-side.

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Protection on Land & Sea – Insuring Your Boat, Watercraft, and Motorcycle

There’s nothing like feeling the wind on your face, whether you’re cruising down the highway on your motorcycle or riding the waves on your boat or jet ski. The last thing anyone wants is to have a perfect day on the road or water ruined by an accident, but the situation will be made even worse if you find yourself without the proper insurance coverage to help you in the aftermath. Due to their unique natures, boats and motorcycles require special insurance coverage in addition to your existing homeowner and auto policies. Read on to learn what to look for in a policy, tips for shopping around, and more.

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The Best Portable Car Jump Starters

Between the invention of the self starter and the end of the 20th Century, the best portable car jump starters weren’t something you carried with you. They were heavy lead-acid automotive batteries that only garages and tow truck drivers used. Everyone else carried (and still should) jumper cables, which require two cars and enough knowledge not to short them out. If you had a dead or weak battery and you were on your own, you had to get to a phone or flag down another motorist to have a chance of getting going again.

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AutoGuide Tests: Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station

Jackey pioneered the modern lithium-ion portable battery power station back in 2015, launching an entire category of portable power that just didn’t exist before then. Now they’re everywhere, in sizes from convenient jump starters that double as high-powered phone chargers, up to 6.0kWh home backups that cost used car money.

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The Best Air Compressor For Your Home Garage

After a great floor jack and a tool chest, getting the best air compressor is probably next on any home mechanic’s wish list. Cordless tools are so good now that in some cases they’re even better than air tools, but we don’t know any electric tool that can sandblast, spray paint, inflate a truck tire in a few seconds, or blow off a work surface like an air compressor. Air tools are also less expensive than comparable cordless tools, and never run out of batteries. Once you have your compressor set up, you can turn it on in the morning, and it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice at for the rest of the day.

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Insuring Your Home: Owning Vs Renting

Whether you are paying a mortgage or rent, it is important to insure your home against potential disasters. But it is also vital that you understand the difference between homeowner’s and renter’s insurance—though similar, the two are tailored to fit the unique needs of your living situation. Below, you will find an overview of each type of policy before we dive more deeply into renter’s insurance and the ways it can help protect you (and your possessions) regardless of the coverage provided by your landlord.

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The Best Bench Vise for Your Shop

Who among us hasn’t wished for a second pair of helping hands when struggling with a project? A well-made bench vise is the next best thing to having extra hands; its metallic jaws hold tight to a workpiece allowing you to bend, saw, grind, shape, or weld it with ease. A bench vise is indispensable in most professional garages; they also make a valuable addition to the DIYer’s workbench.

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The Best Tire Repair Kits to Patch You Up

If you’re one of the lucky few who haven’t had a flat tire yet, you may not think you need one of the best tire repair kits. But it can happen at any time, whether you’re going to the mall or travelling across the country: You drive over a nail or screw that has fallen into the road, and it becomes embedded in your vehicle’s tire and causes it to go flat. Obviously, that is the kind of scenario for which your vehicle was probably equipped with a spare tire. However, most modern vehicles come with compact donut spare tires that can only be driven for a short distance, and to a maximum speed of 50 MPH.

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The Best Car Vacuum for a Clean Interior

Car vacuums are often very affordable, they list cool features and have great reviews. Then they usually don’t work. The best car vacuum promises to make car cleaning easy: Just plug it into your 12V port or pick it up off the charger, and in just a few seconds you can clean up your seats, floor mats, cupholders, and console. Your actual experience is likely to be a lot more disappointing: When we started testing, we were surprised by just how bad they were. After testing, we didn’t find any 12V car vacuums we thought were worth your money. Struggling to remove dust, crumbs, and dirt, and absolutely failing against pet hair.

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Be Prepared: What To Do Following A Car Accident

When purchasing car insurance, we all hope we’ll never have to use it. And while there are several steps you can take to avoid accidents, the reality is that more than six million car accidents occur every year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Sooner or later, most of us will experience an accident, be it a fender-bender or a more severe collision. So, what do you do in the aftermath? Committing this information to memory can help keep an incredibly stressful situation from becoming overwhelming, so let’s go through the steps you should take.

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The Best Trailer Hitch Lock

If you own a trailer, the first accessory you want to invest in is a quality trailer hitch lock. Unfortunately, trailers are often sought out by thieves since they’re relatively straightforward to steal and easy to sell once stolen. In addition, stolen trailers have a low rate of being recovered. Even if they are found, there’s a good chance all the stuff stored inside is gone. A trailer lock is a small investment that could potentially save you a lot of headaches and heartache down the road. After all, the money spent on a trailer lock will be less than the cost of replacing a whole trailer.

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The Best IPad Holders and IPad Mounts for Cars

Road trips are a blast…for a while. Amping up your in-car entertainment options will help stave off the inevitable cries of “are we there yet,” and might preserve a shred of your sanity in the process. 

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Top 5 Best Bluetooth OBD2 Scanners

Everyone knows how imperative it is to service their vehicles to make sure they’re running smoothly and efficiently. But even if someone is following the manufacturer-suggested service intervals and keeping their car in good shape, the check engine light might show up and ruin the good feels that come with proper maintenance. But there’s no need to panic and take another costly trip to your mechanic. Running diagnostics on your own car is easy.

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The Best Engine Air Filters

Gas and diesel engines still power most vehicles and look poised to be with us for some time to come, even if their dominance is waning. Any engine that develops its power from burning fuel depends on vast amounts of air for the combustion process and efficient operation.

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AutoGuide Tests: Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam

We’ve been covering dash cams for several years, and we still find the market confusing. There are familiar name brands like Nextbase alongside fly-by-night companies that might disappear at any time; and nearly identical rebranded commodity products with just enough good reviews to make a brief appearance in searches. In fact, from updating our Buyer’s Guide for the last four years, we’d say that about 40% of the brands-you-never-heard-of last less than a year, which is not good news for anyone making a warranty claim or looking for customer service.

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The Best Trailer Hitches Make Towing Better

With more and more drivers choosing to buy SUVs and pickup trucks for family duty, trailers of all types are becoming a more common sight on our roads. Deploying this newfound hauling prowess is one thing—but deploying it safely? That’s quite another.

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MICTUNING C2 Rock Lights Take Your Truck to a New Level

As we all know, off-road driving at night is the most challenging form. When rocks or debris appear out of nowhere, it could damage your vehicle or even leave you stranded in an unsafe position. There needs a solution to keep you safe when driving on rough terrains. LED Rock lights can be a game-changer for keeping you safe during severe driving conditions. LED Rock Lights are are mounted underneath your vehicle and light the path around your truck. They will provide enough illumination so you can see rocks, debris and obstacles clearly, ensure your driving safety in the dark.

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