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No Taxman Here: Just A Pair Of New Accessories From DICE Electronics and VIAIR


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If you’re a fan of George Harrison, then yesterday must have been like Christmas. Everywhere, everyone was dusting off their Revolver albums and putting Harrison’s “Taxman” into heavy rotation in honor of our annual duty of forking over a chunk of hard-earned cash to the IRS.

Hopefully, though, you got a tidy refund. And if it’s burning a hole in your pocket, we added a couple new accessories onto the site that are worth checking out.

DICE G2 iPod & iPhone CradlesIt’s your typical Ice-T-goes-from-singing-about-dusting-cops-off-to-playing-a-cop story: the O.G. DICE Electronics G2 had a tad too much G for middle-America, but this restyled iPod cradle with diminished G-ness is just right for the amber waves of skittish shoppers. Best of all, this iPod/iPhone car cradle works perfectly with Dice Silverline Pro iPod Car Adapters and the new Dice MediaBridge.

DICE G2 iPod and iPhone Cradles

VIAIR 85P Portable Air CompressorRemember: it’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog. And this 60 psi air compressor from VIAIR packs a mean bite even though it weighs in at a mere 4.25 lbs—that’s less than a Chihuahua!

VIAIR 85P Portable Air Compressor

And if these aren’t of interest to you, here are a few timeless classics worthy of any tax rebate:

  • Trailer Hitches: Get where you’re going and bring what you need in style with a beefy trailer hitch. There are many manufacturers to choose from, but Curt Hitch has a solid reputation for superior fitment and quality that can’t be beat.
  • Tonneau Covers: Nothing beats the slicked n’ tricked look of a custom truck. Give yours that little extra by donning it with a shiny new truck bed cover from Bak tonneau.
  • Performance Chips: Just because your ride looks and sounds stock doesn’t mean it is. Give your ride a stealthy boost of power by tuning it with a Superchips, Hypertech or DiabloSport power programmer.
  • Brakes: If you want to stop faster, you gotta beef up those discs and pads. EBC rotors keep their cool under pressure, much better than those stock rotors you got.  Mate them to a set of Hawk brake pads and you’ve got a winning combination.

New Brake Controllers, Tow Bars & Tool Cabinets – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


How many of you have ever driven up the Grapevine? It’s a beautiful pass, but it’s a mighty steep and mighty long stretch of road. Now, how many of you have ever seen an out-of-control truck screaming down the Grapevine with its trailer rocking dangerously side-to-side? It’s a startling sight, like waking in on your grandmother in the toilet.

Luckily, the tow-minded engineers over at CURT Mfg have devised a ton of quality trailer hitches and towing accessories to keep you in control of your load. Last night, we added a few more CURT accessories to the site. And, we added a few new garage toolboxes from Viper for good measure. Here’s the skinny:

CURT Discovery Brake Controller—Christopher Columbus may have discovered the New World, but CURT has made a Discovery of their own. It’s a timed brake controller, so it applies your trailer’s brakes at a steadily increasing rate the longer your foot’s on the brake pedal in the cab.

Curt Discovery Brake Controller

CURT Reflex Brake Controller—You brake, it brakes, we all brake with the Reflex. More advanced than the Discovery, the Reflex is an inertia brake controller, so it senses how hard you’re braking and applies an equally strong or light amount of braking strength at your trailer.

CURT Reflex Brake Controller

CURT Tow BarWith a 5000-lb rating, this tow bar can haul just about anything. Not that you should haul off with anything you can fit onto your flatbed trailer. For example, we recommend that you put baby Shamu back where you found him.

CURT Tow Bar Kit

Viper Tool Chests—When you’re done riding the snake to the lake, the ancient lake, you can think about organizing your tools inside one of these handy Viper tool storage cabinets. They’re available in 4 sizes, from the 2-drawer cabinet that fits perfectly on top of a rollaway to a full-blown 5-drawer rollaway.

Viper 26" Tool Chests

Viper Garage Cabinets—You won’t have to worry about tripping over River Phoenix in front of your Viper Garage Cabinets, unless you happen to concoct a time machine, head back to 1993, and set it up in front of the Viper Room. That’s a pretty remote possibility, though. Besides, the point of these rugged tool cabinets is to keep your garage organized and free from stuff you might trip over.

Viper Garage Cabinets

Car Monitors, Overhead DVD Players, Tailgating Grills & Mud Flaps – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


The weather is cooler, it’s getting dark earlier, and there has even been some light drizzle that Southern Californians describe as heavy rain. This can only mean one thing—the seasons are changing. Fall is here, and before we know it, we’ll be clearing plates from the table after a Thanksgiving Feast. Then guess what?! It’s Christmas shopping season! With the stress of knowing there are just 71 days to get presents purchased, wrapped and put under the tree, we’ve launched 3 new products for early-Christmas shoppers everywhere.

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  • Vizualogic Quantum Overhead Monitors – How do you keep your kids’ yaps zipped on the road? Take a lesson from Houdini and practice the art of distraction by slipping a copy of The Secret of NIHM into the Vizualogic Quantum. Find this and more in our car monitors category.

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We’re on the Ball with Trailer Hitches


Trailer Hitch BallTrailer hitches are a really great product. They can be used for towing trailers, 5th wheels, and equipment, or they can add extra utility to your vehicle by hauling cargo, bikes, skis and more. As smaller, fuel efficient vehicles become more popular, we think there will be a greater need for trailer hitches in the future, so we’ve stepped up our game and revamped our trailer hitches shopping guide with some new information to help you make an informed purchase decision.  In the new and improved shopping guide, you’ll find a breakdown of the various components of a trailer hitch and towing system, as well as an overview of the brands we carry and a top searches query.  Our goal is to provide something that is useful, so if you have any questions or see something that could be improved, please feel free to let us know!

New Truck Accessories, Car Covers, Trailer Hitches, Gauges & More – An AutoAnything Weekly Update


Go Rhino Thunder Light Bar

It is another sunny Friday here in San Diego.  If you plan to hit the road this memorial day weekend, I hope the weather where you are is as nice as the weather here!

We’ve got lots of new products for you this week, stuff that’ll get you amp’d up and ready to rock this summer.  Check it:

  • Bestop Supertop Truck Bed Camper Shell – Instead of pitching a tent on the cold hard ground, turn your truck bed into a protected haven with this collapsible soft camper shell. Even better, now through June 30, 2009 Bestop/AMP Research is offering a $100 rebate on this product. So you can keep your truck bed covered and your wallet full. Find this Supertop for your truck in our new Camper Shell category.
  • Coverking Coverguard Universal Indoor Car Covers – Stick this 1-ply cover where the sun don’t shine because it’s only intended for mild UV exposure and light weather. Sized for cars only.
  • Coverking Triguard Universal Indoor Car Covers – With 3 layers of fabric, it’s got the backbone to withstand a smidgen more of Ma Nature’s fury than the Coverguard. Sized for cars, trucks and SUVs.
  • Coverking Coverbond 4 Universal Indoor Car Covers – Inspired by the 4-patty McRaptor burger at McDonalds following the release of McJurassic McPark, this cover is made from 4 layers of fabric for maximum weather blockage. Sized for cars and limos.
  • MBRP Diesel Exhaust Stacks – This kit comes complete with everything you need to plant dual New Jersey-grade smoke stacks in your truck bed. The minute these went live, Iron Eyes Cody shed a single tear.
  • Dee Zee Wheel Well Toolbox – Add tough tool-carrying capacity to the sides of your truck with the Dee Zee Wheel Well Toolbox. Available in single- and double-wheel designs.
  • Dee Zee Liquid Transfer Tanks – These tough metal tanks have vented caps and come in a variety of sizes. They’re not legal for carrying fuel though, so they’re perfect for whatever non-fuel liquid you need a vented cap and burly tank to carry.   ;)
  • AutoMeter Warning Lights – Mom warned you to wear underwear, Dad warned you to look both ways, and AutoMeter warns you when your engine’s about to blow.
  • AutoMeter Shift Lights – Kind of like the lights at the crosswalk, only these tell you when to shift.
  • AutoMeter Digital Pro-Shift System – These won’t cause a paradigm shift in the collective philosophy, but they do tell you when to shift, and they display RPMs.
  • AMI Grille Emblems – Show off your pride for your favorite home-grown, government-supported automaker with these impressive Grille Emblems from AMI. Available in a variety of styles with the GMC and Chevy logos.
  • AMI Fender Vents & Grilles – Slick, polished vents and grilles for the FJ Cruiser’s blow holes.
  • AMI Pedal Pads – Polished billet is good. Flames on polished billet is better. Also available with circle and line designs.
  • AMI Hitch Covers – From poker stars to peace sign lovers, AMI Hitch Covers come in a variety of designs that are sure to please.
  • Go Rhino Lightning Truck Bed Light Bar – Like Zeus’s powerful bolt, Lightning Sport Bars strike fear in mortal men and arousal in mortal women.
  • Go Rhino Thunder Truck Bed Light Bar – Thunder Sport Bars fall prey to a similar Zeus reference. Except this time, you can add flames. Burn, ladies, burn.
  • Cal Trend NeoSupreme Seat Covers – From the Greek words for “New” and “With Sour Cream,” the Cal Trend NeoSupreme Seat Covers are custom stitched from water-proof, mud-proof, seeping-MexiMelt-proof neoprene. (p.s. Don’t tell the Hawaiians, but they’re also at least 30 bones cheaper than some other neoprene seat covers.)
  • Dash Designs Suede Dashboard Cover – From Dead Heads to Indian chiefs, who can resist the leathery-napped feel of tooled-animal hide that we call Suede? No one!

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AutoAnything Weekly Product Review: Valley Hitches


Yay! It’s that time again–another overview of a new AutoAnything product. This time its the Valley trailer hitch, a product that pays for itself in convenience and ease of use.

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A quality hitch is a must-have for pulling a RV, trailer or boat and choosing the right manufacturer is essential.

Valley Industries has been in business for nearly 50 years and it carries receiver hitches and hitch accessories of all types including fifth wheel and gooseneck, as well as accessories such as trailer balls. Valley hitches boast easy installation that requires no drilling and is powder coated with a long lasting finish, not to mention a lifetime warranty.

Valley hitches are able to tow a respectable 12,000lbs and are available in Class I, II, III, IV and V.

AutoAnything Weekly Product Review: Curt Hitches


We here at AutoAnything love cars and trucks. That’s why we are in the business of selling performance car and truck parts. This blog is something we do on the side to help you (and us) stay on top of the car industry and all it’s wonders. To further that pursuit, we are going to start having weekly reviews of a new product or product line that we just picked up. Bare with me, it’ll be short and sweet: for our first-ever weekly product review, I’ll be covering the Curt trailer hitch.

Curt Manufacturing has been making hitches for over ten years, so they know how to make a strong hitch that withstands the tests of time. Every Curt hitch is robotically welded for perfect fitment and incredible strength. You can even get custom colors to better match the look and feel of your vehicle. And to help control anything you might want to tow, the Curt weight distribution hitch will spread the load more evenly across your tires, enhancing your steering and braking abilities. Strength is an important aspect of every trailer hitch; the last thing you want to do is drop your load unintentionally. Curt 5th wheel hitch and gooseneck hitches are no different in terms of tough construction, but they also include extra features like spherical axle bearings and quiet locking mechanisms to kill any squeaks and noises you might be getting from hauling a 20,000 lb. load.

No matter what you need to tow, Curt hitches are as solid as they come and should provide you with many years of reliable towing, which makes them the editors-pick from the Trailer Hitches & Towing department. Thats all I’ve got for you today, feel free to leave any questions in the comments box.

To Flip Or Not To Flip? A Tutorial On Real Estate Investment


With all the recent success in the real estate market, one can only imagine where the market will go. I think that the industry may take an interesting turn.

By now every Joe Schmoe knows about the potential of the real estate market. There have been enough television shows, books and stories about flipping houses that the market has become overrun with money hungry people looking to get rich quick. But has anything really changed?

The idea of investing in real estate and properties is nothing new. The potential has always existed, as it always will. The problem is that the actual process of flipping house is much harder than the TV shows let on. Sure, on paper, the concept of purchasing a hidden gem at a great price, slapping on a coat of paint, and reselling for thousands of dollars more sounds great. If only it were that simple.

It’s complicated! The home buying process is a long, complicated, which can fall apart due to numerous factors. Think about it, most people buy one house during their lifetime and spend the next 30 years paying it off. That means the majority of people aren’t versed in housing contracts, mortgages, broker fees, etc. You really need to know what you are doing. If you misread a contract or don’t fully understand the fine print, you could end up dishing out thousands of dollars!

It takes a lot of time! Most people don’t have the luxury of starting off with a lot of investment capital. Most people work full time jobs just to pay for daily expenses. That means they must hunt for houses on breaks, after work and on weekends to find a good deal. Once you find that good deal you need to be able to act quickly. Some houses only stay on the market for a day. Heck, some houses don’t even make it to the market because realtors give their friends first dibs. Then if you’re luckily enough to find a good deal, you’re going to have to contact contractors, realtors, insurance companies, and all the necessary businesses.

It’s expensive! So you think you can understand the process and you have the time, but do you have the money? For a lot of mortgages you need proof of income or proof that you will be able to pay back the bank. If you want to buy at $200,000 home, you will need $20,000 for the down payment. If you can scrounge that much together, you also need money for renovations and money to pay off the mortgage until the house is resold. One more thing – you need credit. So if you happen to come into some money, you still need to have good credit in order to get the loan.

If you’re still interested then go for it. I image this industry can only exist for so long before the payoff isn’t worth it. In addition, there is one key aspect that makes this job so risky – the market. You can’t control the market. You can’t control when and how many homeowners will be selling their houses. What if there is a natural disaster? I live in San Diego and I’m sure the recent wildfires have affected the value of many properties. The houses will probably rise up again, but in the meantime people don’t want to feel like they are in danger.

So where will the market go? Who knows? Maybe people will start flipping trailers.

As for me, I think I’ll check out some Trailer Hitches because I definitely can’t afford to flip a house. My last big purchase was an Edge Evolution programmer.

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