Stylish, func­tional and green ac­ces­sories

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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.

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