Stylish, functional and green accessories
Alex Labonté remembers the Christmas he brought one large, special present to one lucky woman.
“It has happened where people buy brand new cars as gifts. One year, I delivered a Pontiac Vibe to a young lady Christmas Day,” recounts the customer relations manager at Roy’s Chevrolet Buick GM in Green Valley.
While not everyone can expect Santa to drop off a new vehicle, accessories for cars and trucks can definitely make the Yuletide season merrier.
Remote starters are always appreciated, particularly when thermometers plunge. A person can use a cell phone to operate some models that will start an engine and lock and unlock car doors.
Tonneau truck covers are stylish, functional and environmentally friendly. “The cover reduces wind resistence. Without the air circulates around in the truck box, creating drag. A cover helps you save gas,” explains Mr. Labonté.
Mud flaps are sound buys, especially in the country. “They are really good for dirt roads where stones can chip your paint. Nobody says, ‘No,’ to a mud flap. Flaps protect your paint and it is hard to get a warranty on paint.” Wheelhouse liners create another line of defence. Fabric liners also reduce noise.
Lift kits are popular among young truck owners. Running boards and floor mats are also big sellers.
On new vehicles, block heaters are not required. However, for some customers they are necessities.
While the long-established dealer gives the “Royal treatment” to people in this region, the business has clients further afield. “We sell trucks, with block heaters, to the Nunavut government,” relates Mr. Labonté. The vehicles are transported by boat to Iqaluit.
VEHICLE TOUCH- UPS: Alex Labonté, customer relations manager, and parts manager Kevin Rooney (right) at Roy’s car dealership in Green Valley.