- Truck accessory
A Truck accessory is an aftermarket part that is used to enhance the style or function of the original OEM
pickup truck. Truck accessories are differentiated from other parts, typically referred to as "hard parts" or "cores" that include distributors, water pumps, radiators and the like. Some of the more popular accessories for light-duty trucks include tubular products such as nerf bars, grille guards, tonneau covers, and truck tool boxes.
Truck accessories to change the look of the vehicles did not become popular until the 1990s. Previously, domestic U.S. manufacturers including
General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler, and American Motorsconsidered their light-duty trucks (Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, and Jeep) as work vehicles and often did little to accommodate appearance accessories. Aftermarket suppliers were often focused on specialty work-enhancing accessories such as snowplows, spreaders, and lift gates.
market segments expanded as manufacturers offered a wide variety of pick-up truck types and sizes. With the dawn of the extended cab, trucks began taking on a more urban appeal and were being purchased for their style as well as their utility. This new audience of truck owner began to demand more than a simple tool box to adorn their trucks. They began developing an appetite for accessories that would complement the look of their truck and manufacturers began to accommodate their desires with products like billet grilles, chrome fender trim, nerf bars and hood deflectors. In addition, truck manufacturers began collaborating with and designing their vehicles to easily accommodate these accessories with bolt-on ease.
Manufacturers and Trade associations
There are numerous manufactures of accessories. The primary trade association that represents truck accessory manufacturers is
SEMA(Specialty Equipment Market Association).
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