Who Knew? – Volvo Cargo Nets, Specialized, Handy

Cargo nets, nothing special right? Just some stretchy cords to hold your luggage on the roof. Well maybe that is what you will find at the auto parts store around the corner, but Volvo has a whole variety of styles and colors that may have you thinking differently about how handy these nets can be.

Using elastic, mesh, and fabric there are designs to hold everything from maps to drink containers to a cargo area full of sporting equipment. Not a one size fits all, but made specifically for your model and year Volvo. There are nets to fit over the pockets in the cargo area, envelope-style nets to hold grocery bags, spider nets to hold cargo to the floor, nets for the glove box door and console tunnel for ease of access to items. The list goes on and on.

Let’s look at a few styles:


Like a seat belt for your cargo, these elastic cords with hook and eye attachments on the floor effectively secure sports equipment, groceries, small parcels and fragile items. Available in Grey, Beige and Oak for the XC90.

Wish you had quick access to a map?

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Do You Need It? – Body Side Moldings

Do you really need body side moldings? Most think of the strips that run from front to back over the doors as protectors. Some think of them as decoration. Many think of them as both. The weather-proof flexible moldings are capable of absorbing the force of another car door or similar object and preventing damage to paint and metal.

Parking lots are a notorious location for collecting chipped paint and dings from others opening doors into your doors. Also a great place for you or your child to discover a light post or other unmovable object within the opening swing of your own door.

Depending on the height or shape of what hits your door the moldings will not eliminate all dings, but they can prevent a majority of them. In addition to the protection from damage they can complement the looks of your vehicle.

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Do You Need It? – Splash Guard Set

Do you really need splash guards? Whether you call them splash guards or mud flaps, there are lots of factors to consider. If the goal is to add protection to your vehicle, they can help prevent dirt and rocks from damaging your paint and fenders. If the goal is to minimize the debris that your vehicle throws up at the vehicle behind you, they can also do that. If the goal is to make your vehicle look a little more custom, they may even be able to do that.

Depending on your vehicle there may be a lot of splash guard styles to choose from. Genuine guards from the manufacturer may be the best choice because there are designed specifically for each year and model vehicle. Guards from the aftermarket may not offer the best fit for your vehicle. Most of the genuine guard sets can be installed without having to drill holes to mount them. They are designed to match up to preexisting holes on your vehicle.

Splash guards are available in a variety of materials. Some are a flexible rubber type compound. Some are rigid metal. Some are semi-rigid molded plastic. All are designed to offer added protection from water spray, mud, and rocks. Without guards these projectiles can cause dents and chip away paint that can lead to potential rust problems.

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Who Knew? – Smart Factories

The future of vehicle production at Audi may be changing. Audi is looking into the principles of modular assembly.

Henry Ford’s idea of building cars in a rigid, sequential order is more than 100 years old and still the driving force behind mass production. Thoughts are the assembly line has served us well, but it’s outdated. Using stations instead of an assembly line, modular assembly is a more flexible way to build complex vehicles.

Recent years have seen immense growth in the demand for many different vehicle models. Some models require more complex components than others. This forces other models on a rigid assembly line to sit idle. Using stations instead of an assembly line allows all vehicles to move to the next station with no downtime.

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Do You Need It? – Floor Mat Set

Do you really need floor mats? For a number of reasons the answer may be yes. You could think of them as a way to protect your investment. The actual carpet or flooring material in your vehicle can be very expensive and difficult to replace. Having something between it and greasy shoes or two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun with mustard and ketchup could have an effect on the resale value of your vehicle.

In addition to the protection they offer they can make cleaning easier and perhaps even make your vehicle look nicer. Being able to remove the mats to dump off debris and wash or vacuum is handy. To have matching color or custom logo on the mats can add to the “nice look” factor.

You do have some options. There are carpeted and rubber versions. The carpeted mats can be made of a variety of materials, but most offer a plush look and feel. The rubber mats are made of a rubber or plastic type of material and often have a raised lip around the mat to contain dirt and water.

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Do You Need It? – Roadside Assistance Kit

Do you really need an emergency roadside assistance kit in your vehicle? Well, AAA claims that 1 out of 3 drivers will be faced with a roadside breakdown of some sort this year. Chances are it will not take place near your home on a nice sunny day, so you do need to be prepared. Even if you have a membership with an auto club or a new model vehicle under warranty with roadside assistance it can take a considerable amount of time for that assistance to get to you.

Having an emergency assistance kit may be able to keep you safer, give you peace of mind, and usually get you back on the road faster. A good kit has to have the items you need to help you survive until help arrives.

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Genuine Auto Accessories Installation Instructions: Can I install that myself?

With decades of experience as a Parts Manager at new car dealerships I could not begin to count how many times I have been asked by a customer “Can I install that myself?”. It is such an open question it is hard to answer.

Unlike many aftermarket accessories, genuine auto accessories are designed by the manufacturer to precise and exacting specifications to easily fit the specific year and model of the vehicle it was made for. Many aftermarket accessories are made to apply to as many different models as they can for a broader range of coverage.

That often means many non-genuine accessories “kind of” fit a lot of models. So with genuine accessories you do have the advantage of the product being easier to install because it was usually made specifically for that vehicle.

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