options vs accessories

GMC LIFE

Option? Accessory? Both allow customers to personalize their GMC vehicle with content, but in very different ways.

red bar

It’s important to find a truck or SUV that perfectly fits your needs. While it might seem difficult for a manufacturer to account for everyone’s preferences, GMC models offer a wide array of available features, allowing customers to essentially tailor a truck to their liking. Options and accessories are key elements to personalizing a truck, and while they seem similar, it’s important to know the differences between the two.

Factory-installed options are features or items added to a vehicle while it’s being manufactured. These features are not considered standard equipment, and adding these features to a vehicle may incur additional cost.

Many of these features are intricate or complex enough where they can only be added to a vehicle as it is being built. For instance, adding some options may require workers to also install specialized wiring harnesses or other equipment before the truck is fully assembled. As a result, these features cannot be retrofitted once the manufacturing process is complete.

It’s also important to note that some options or option packages are not compatible with others, or they may prevent certain features from being added to a vehicle. A GMC dealer can provide more detail and answer any questions you may have.

Accessories are also features or items that can be added to a vehicle, but they don’t necessarily need to be installed at the factory – in fact, a GMC Certified Service technician may be able add it to a compatible GMC vehicle once it arrives at a dealership.

Compared to factory-installed options, accessories may be more tailored to specific activities or lifestyles. For instance, while a roof rack and crossrails are likely a factory option, a carrier attachment that attaches to the roof rack system for a very specific task – for instance, carrying bicycles or kayaks – would likely be an accessory.

Despite being installed at different times and places, accessories and options do have a lot in common. For instance, original GMC Accessories are designed, engineered, tested, and backed by the same engineering teams that produce the components used in any new GMC. Additionally, if you elect to have authentic GM Accessories installed at the time of purchase, their cost can be rolled into monthly lease or financing payments for the new vehicle.

RELATED STORIES

TRUCKS

TOP YOUR GMC PICKUP WITH A TONNEAU COVER

alt

From soft covers to retractable hard covers and everything in between, GMC accessories has you covered when it comes to the perfect tonneau cover for your Canyon, Sierra, or Sierra HD’s pickup box.

DESIGN

INTRODUCING GMC PREMIUM ALL-WEATHER FLOOR LINERS

alt

From snow to dirt -- or perhaps even a spilled coffee or two – the new line of GMC Premium All-Weather Floor Liners are designed to protect your vehicle’s floors from the elements – and look good at the same time. Learn more about how we design our floor liners to offer the same premium appearance, performance, and quality as your GMC itself.

HOW-TO

HOW TO READ A VEHICLE’S WINDOW STICKER

alt

More than just a mere price tag, a window sticker can provide important information about a vehicle, including these seven details that may help you shop for a new car, truck or SUV.

300 x 120

CHAT

NOW

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. See your GMC dealer for details. Click here to see all GMC destination freight charges. Bed/Roof-Mounted Bicycle Carriers shown. Requires crossbars or Thule Rack Solution. Non-GM warranty. Warranty by Thule®. See dealer for more information.

  • Canyon’s 7000-lb rating requires available trailering package and 3.6L V-6 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra's 12,500-lb rating requires Sierra Double Cab or Crew Cab Short box 2wd with 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine and NHT Max Trailering Package. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Sierra Denali's 9,300-lb rating requires 2wd. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming properly equipped vehicle, plus driver and one passenger. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the trailer weight your vehicle can tow. See dealer for details.

  • These maximum payload ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it to haul people or cargo, carefully review the vehicle loading section of the Owner’s Manual and check the carrying capacity of your specific vehicle on the label on the inside of the driver’s door jamb.

  • Savana Cargo's 10,000-lb rating requires 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • Savana Passenger's 10,000-lb rating requires 2500 Wheel Base with 6.0L V8 engine. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.

  • When properly equipped, includes weight of the vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment, and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

  • When properly equipped; includes weight of vehicle, passengers, cargo and equipment.

  • Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR). When properly equipped, includes weight of the vehicle and trailer combination, including the weight of driver, passengers, fuel, optional equipment, and cargo in the vehicle and trailer.

  • Based on MSRP of $56,895. Must finance though GM Financial. Not available with lease and some other offers. Take delivery by 2/28/18. See participating dealer for details.

  • Excludes 1SV.  Not available with special finance, lease and some other offers. Take delivery by 2/28/18. See participating dealer for details.