What are aftermarket accessories for trucks?

Aftermarket accessories include vehicle customization products that are made by companies other than the original vehicle maker, while factory accessories are made by the original vehicle manufacturer. –autobytel.com

As with everything, there are pros and cons to using aftermarket accessories for trucks rather than factory accessories. With aftermarket accessories, buyers have a lot more variety in their options and ability to customize their truck to fit their needs or style preferences.

Why get aftermarket accessories instead of factory upgrades?

By going “off brand” so to speak and adding new parts to your truck with aftermarket accessories, there is no limitation to the number of modifications and upgrades you can make.


You are free to trick out your truck as much as you want.


Car manufactures are bound by legal and warranty restrictions and can therefore only offer a limited amount of variety, quantity, and color options in regard to vehicle accessories.

The risk with aftermarket accessories used to improve a truck’s performance is that they are not required to stick to state regulations and rules of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding clean air emissions. There also can be issues with aftermarket product return policies. The warranty on your truck can also be violated if you decide to make modification with non-factory parts, which is something to keep in mind.

Identical parts can be found of aftermarket accessories that are certainly cheaper than the factory products and still just as good. Aftermarket prices for high-quality products are usually cheaper either because they were made overseas or because of the fact that they are installed by independent shops and not big dealerships. Oftentimes aftermarket and factory accessories for trucks are made by the same companies but are just rebranded by large dealerships.

Types of Aftermarkets Accessories

Do you have a certain “look” in mind for your truck? Do you do a lot of off-road driving? Do you just want your truck to look cooler and run better?

The types of aftermarket truck accessories available are similar to factory accessories, but with a lot more variety and room for customization. From upgrading your suspension system or getting new grill guards or chrome decor, there are many types of aftermarket accessories from which to choose.

Here’s a list of some of the aftermarket accessories you can use to upgrade your truck:

Chassis Suspension Systems (i.e. shocks, springs, lifting and lowering kits)
Grille Guards and Custom Grilles
Towing and Hitching Parts
Custom Wheels and Rims (for luxury or functionality)
Exhaust Systems and Mufflers
Air Intake System (gives extra horsepower)
Running Boards/Nerf and Step Bars
Off Road Lights, Lighting Bars, and Upgraded Headlights
Bed and Tailgate Accessories (i.e. covers, rails, linings, toolboxes, etc.)
Chrome Accessories (for mirrors, doors, pillars, and more)
Fender Flare and Trim
Rain Gaurds/Vent Visors
Bug Deflectors
Upgraded Brakes
Off Road Bumpers
Mud Flaps
Floor Mats and Seat Covers

Find a Partner

When you’re in the market for a new auto parts distributor, there are three things to look for in a high performance auto parts wholesale supplier:

  1. An expert who can help you get exactly what you want out of an aftermarket, high-performance part
  2. Keeping the prices lower for specialty parts (independent dealer / supplier)
  3. Knowing the first name of the owner (find someone you can trust)

Do research on the product manufacturers and double check your vehicle’s warranty so you know what you’re investing your money into prior to making any alterations or upgrades to your truck.

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and compare prices from independent distributors and the costs different shops charge to install aftermarket accessories. You want to make sure you are getting good products and worthwhile labor for your money’s worth.


Have any questions about aftermarket accessories for trucks or how to upgrade your truck?


Blue Ridge Exhaust is here to answer your questions. Let’s talk parts!

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