Running Boards and Truck Side Steps

Frequently Asked Questions

What color step bar should I buy?

We recommend buying stainless steel or black-textured step bars. Black-coated step bars are a popular option but anything coated is susceptible to chips. The truck side bars are fitted right behind the front tires making them prone to paint chipping. The chips expose the metal to the elements and tend to rust more quickly than stainless steel or black-textured side steps.

How long is the manufacturer warranty for side steps?

Most of our manufacturers offer one to three year warranty on black and a limited lifetime warranty on polished stainless steel. For more information on warranties, talk to a team member at your nearest Auto One store.

What's the best weight capacity step bar for my pickup truck?

At Auto One, we generally recommend 250 lbs to 300 lbs. However, we also carry step bars that can accommodate more heavy-duty needs.

Should I buy retractable truck steps?

Retractable truck steps are designed for maximum convenience, safety, and clearance. Since they retract, these side steps don’t modify the look of your car. The retraction feature also means this is another great option for regular off-roaders. However, retractable side steps also ideal for everyday use because there are many models that feature different step heights.

What is the difference between nerf bars and oval step bars?

Oval side bars are also wider than Nerf bars, typically oval step tubes are 4 to 6 inches in width. Oval step tubes are tubular side steps that are similar in shape to Nerf bars. While Nerf bars tend to be sleek in design, oval step tubes tend to be built for heavy duty.

What add-ons are available for running boards?

When buying running boards, don't forget to look at running board lights to illuminate your step in the darkness.