Monthly Archives: November 2013

  • What's In Your Glove Box?

    The glove box can be a useful treasure chest in cars, housing everything from important papers and receipts to tire gauges and extra fuses. It's a safe, easy-to-access place for crucial items, and almost every car has one. Even the best of us are sometimes guilty of littering our glove boxes with unnecessary items like CDs or cosmetics. Don't let yourself go down that path. Rather, be prepared and consider the following things to keep on hand.

    The crucial stuff

    License and registration: I feel it’s a good idea to keep all important documents like proof of insurance, automotive registration and a copy of your driver's license in the glove box.

    ICE Card: “In case of emergency” card with important information about you and your passengers. On that card you should list emergency contacts, physicians, any medications used or allergies for you and your passengers

    Car Manual: We'd all like to keep our car's owner's manual in the glove box, but have you seen the size of these things lately, Keep just the main manual, the part with important info on engine care, wiper blade sizes and more

    Tire pressure gauge: Unless you have a new car with the Easy Fill Tire Alert System, tire pressure gauge is one of the most essential items to have in your glove box.

    Flashlight: LED flashlights take up only a little space but emit a lot of light. A flashlight will come in handy when trying to change a tire in the dark.

    Generic Cell Phone Charger or Power Converter: It's also nice to know you have a back-up charger when traveling down that long, dark country road and the cell phone is about to die. There is a wide assortment of lighter plug-ins that come in all sizes and configurations to support any digital appliance.

    Paper and Pencil: Having something to write with and something to write on are always good to have at the ready when driving. Whether it's writing down directions or exchanging auto insurance information, having a working pen and available paper, will prevent additional stress being added at the moment of need.

    The convenient stuff

    Napkins, travel wipes, tissues and hand sanitizer:  After touching the gasoline hose at your next fill-up, you’ll be glad to have something to wipe the odor off your hands.

    High-energy snacks: Stash a few granola bars in the glove box so you can last through an extra-long rush hour.

    Plastic grocery bags: Smash a few into a zip-top plastic bag and use them for trash as the need arises.

    Lint roller:  If you have pets, you know you can never have too many of these.

    Instead of stuffing it with napkins, ketchup packets and breath mints, turn your glove box into a useful tool, think of it as a survival kit. You may think of other objects that may be more of an importance to you, but in my opinion I find these items to be very useful.

     

    We here at BUY AUTO TRUCK ACCESSORIES would like to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving, remember this is the time of year when things can get crazy remember to drive safe, and enjoy.

  • Car-B-Que, Engine Cooking Part IV

    If you’ve been following our blog "Car-B-Que, Engine Cooking" you know that we’ve been giving you the recipes needed to cook your Thanksgiving Dinner this year on your car’s engine.  So far we’ve told you how to make the turkey, the apples, and the potatoes.  Our last segment gives you the recipe to make Carburetor Carrots.  These carrots are flavorful and are the perfect veggie to make on your car’s engine.

    I picked carrots because not only are they my favorite vegetable but also because you can’t really screw them up too easily.  Any carrot lover will tell you that short of burning them, carrots are vegetable that taste great no matter how they are served.  Cooking on your manifold has so many different variables including the length of the drive, the temperature of the engine, and the speed you are going, that a forgiving vegetable like the carrots seemed like a no brainer!

    As always, let’s discuss some of the basic Car-B-Que’ing guidelines.

    • Make sure that your food is wrapped in foil – at least 3 sheets.  We are cooking on a dirty engine so we need to protect or food.
    • As important as it is to protect our food it is also important to protect our engine.  Make sure the tin foil is sealed well – leaking liquid could damage an engine or start a fire.
    • Secure the food in a tight area.  Use wire tires to make sure the food packet isn’t moving around.
    • Use oven mitts to handle the food packets.  Car engines can get extremely hot and you may get burned if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
    • Lastly, check the temperature of your food before consuming it.  Cooking food to the proper is important so that you don’t become ill.  There are so many factors to cooking on a car’s engine that affect the temperature of the food – such as distance, speed, and placement on the engine.  Don’t take chances; use a thermometer when in doubt.

    CARBURETOR CARROTS

    6 carrots

    1 small red pepper

    2 tablespoons of olive oil

                                              3 tablespoons of honey

                                                Salt and pepper to taste

    Wash and peel carrots.  Finely julienne carrots (the thinner the carrots, the faster they cook).  Wash and cut the red pepper into very thin strips.  Toss carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Drizzle carrots with honey.  Place carrots on a sheet of foil and fold into a packet.  Repeat this process two more times making sure the foil packets are sealed tightly.  Place food packet in a tight spot on the engine and secure it with wire ties.  The readiness  of these carrots is completely subjective.  Some people like their carrots firm and crunchy while others prefer a softer, more pliable carrot.  The degree of your carrots readiness will have many factors such as how thinly your carrot was sliced, how long of a trip you are taking, and the temperature of the spot in which you placed your food packet.  A fair guesstimate is that your carrots should be yummy after a one hour drive at 50 miles per hour.
    The staff at BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com wishes you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.  This year as we sit around our Thanksgiving tables we will be giving thanks to all our loyal readers and customers.  Without you, we would not be – so thank you for shopping with us and referring us to your friends and family.  BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com appreciates, and is thankful, for you and your business!

  • Car-B-Que, Engine Cooking Part III

    Here is the 3rd installment of “How to Car-B-Que Your Thanksgiving Day Dinner”.  To recap, so far we’ve made a side dish of apples and, the star of the dinner, the turkey all on the engine.  Today we are going to talk about cooking my favorite dish, the potatoes!

    Traditionally, potatoes are served creamed or mashed on Thanksgiving.  This Thanksgiving we are going to shake things up and make “Piston Potatoes”.  This potato is will cook perfectly on your car’s manifold and will be bursting with lots of flavor.  Now, while I agree that it’s not traditional, it’s certainly unique to serve potatoes that were made on the car engine while driving to Grandma’s house.

    As always, let’s go over some important tips before we start.

    • Make sure that your food is wrapped in foil – at least 3 sheets.  We are cooking on a dirty engine so we need to protect or food.
    • As important as it is to protect our food it is also important to protect our engine.  Make sure the tin foil is sealed well – leaking liquid could damage an engine or start a fire.
    • Secure the food in a tight area.  Use wire tires to make sure the food packet isn’t moving around.
    • Use oven mitts to handle the food packets.  Car engines can get extremely hot and you may get burned if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
    • Lastly, check the temperature of your food before consuming it.  Cooking food to the proper is important so that you don’t become ill.  There are so many factors to cooking on a car’s engine that affect the temperature of the food – such as distance, speed, and placement on the engine.  Don’t take chances; use a thermometer when in doubt.

     

    Piston Potatoes

    4 russet potatoes

    1 small yellow onion

    1 small red pepper

    3 Tablespoons butter

    3 cloves of garlic

    Salt and pepper

     Wash and peel potatoes.  Slice the potatoes into ½ inch pieces.  Peel onion and slice thinly.  Thinly julienne the red pepper.  Place potatoes, onion, and peppers in tin foil packet.  Top with butter, garlic, salt and pepper.  Seal packet tightly making sure that liquid can’t escape.  We estimate a 45 minute drive time should be sufficient to make an awesome potato dish for your Thanksgiving dinner!

  • SEMA Trade Show

    Automotive enthusiasts from all over the world are watching their calendars as the SEMA show is due to take over Las Vegas yet again.  For those who do not know what the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show is, it is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world and it is where over 2,000 new automotive related products are revealed each year.

    The most popular reason to attend has to be the unveiling of all the cool, new stuff that’s about to hit the market.  What really help these products to stand out are the almost 2,000 unbelievably tricked out rides displaying the new products.  Manufacturers from all over the world bring the sickest cars, trucks, motorcycles, SUV’s, and UTV’s out to Vegas to showcase their new products.   These vehicles themselves are worth a trip to Vegas.

    While the new products definitely take center stage, don’t forget that there are lots of other activities that you can participate in to grow your business.  SEMA offers educational seminars, product demonstrations, and networking opportunities that will yield you important connections and the tools you need to make your business more profitable.

    One of the main attractions at SEMA is the chance to personally meet celebrities.  This show is a huge draw and many celebrities, both in and out of industry, take the opportunity to appear.  You will see not only the biggest names in the NHRA & Nascar but also a wide variety of comedians and actors.

    This trade show is not open to the public but you can rest assured that when SEMA is in town, what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas!  This is such a major event in the automotive aftermarket world that you will be brought updates and highlights by T.V., newspapers, radio, and all of social media several times a day.  You will also be able to catch all of the shows highlights on YouTube.  So if you are not one of the 60,000 domestic or international buyers attending the show, don’t worry – BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com will bring you back some of the highlights from the show.

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