Jason Lancaster is the editor and founder of TundraHeadquarters.com. He has nearly a decade of experience on the retail side of the auto industry, and another decade of experience of the part and accessory side of the industry.
I’m a fan of electric car technology. I’d like to see every car on the road be 100% electric, because every car would be charged with electricity generated at American power plants that are fueled by American coal and natural gas (and maybe even wind and solar energy, as the technology matures). An all electric vehicle fleet would be awesome because it would put oil-rich dictators out of business and keep billions of dollars spent on foreign oil at home.
However, I’m a realist – I don’t think anyone should buy an electric car until they deliver the same type of performance we can get from a gas engine or gas-electric hybird…which is why I’m not a fan of the Chevy Volt. Coincidentally, this is also why Chevy recently announced that they were temporarily suspending Volt production.
Are you interested in a second set of wheels for your car or truck? Maybe you’re looking for some knobby off-road tires to put on your Tundra on the weekends? Maybe you’re thinking about how fast your wife’s car would be with a set of racing slicks? Maybe you’re just looking for a way to make it easy to add and remove snow tires from your daily driver without all that mounting and balancing.
Whatever it is, for a lot of people having a second set of wheels for their vehicle would be a nice convenience. The trouble is, wheels are expensive! A set of “cheap” after market wheels might cost $1000, which is too much for some people to consider. So, here are some tips and ideas for finding a second set of wheels for your ride without breaking the bank.
Imagine, if you will, speeding down a dark two-lane road in the middle of the night somewhere near Hilton Head, South Carolina. Suddenly, cherries light up from the shoulder and a police vehicle pulls out in pursuit of your Tundra. As soon as the initial shock of being busted wears off, you realize that the red and blue flashing lights in your rearview are a whole lot taller than they should be – in fact, they sit at exactly the same height as your own roofline.
How is this possible? The answer is that you’ve been pulled over by a Tundra Police Truck – a.k.a. the Stokes Brown Toyota Tundra Public Safety Truck.
There is a curious phenomenon in the U.S. new vehicle market: large pickup trucks are dominant while smaller trucks continue to lanquish. In an era of elevated fuel prices this fact seems at odds with consumer buying habits. However, on closer inspection there are several factors that explain why consumers continue to prefer big over small even as fuel prices continue to rise.
Here’s a recap of the most important car commercials of the 2012 Super Bowl – if you like this post, please share it on Facebook!
In no particular order: