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What’s the Difference Between Running Boards and Nerf Bars?


It’s All About Your Style!

“I’m thinking about getting some running boards on my truck, but I keep hearing the term ‘nerf bars.’ How do I know what I need to get?” – JK of Munson, Ohio

Well, JK, we’ve got some answers that might just come in handy when choosing a running board!


What is the purpose of a running board?

In Northeast Ohio, we’ve got year-round slip-causing conditions. In the fall and spring, we get a fair amount of rain, and that causes mud. In the winter, we have snow and ice, which make for slick conditions. And, in the summer, we spend our weekends on lakes, rivers, and ponds, and water always increases the likelihood of slips. Conditions like these are exactly why you need running boards for your Northeast Ohio truck, Jeep, or SUV.

Running boards give you a non-slip surface to use to get into your vehicle. They can also provide a way to wipe snow and mud off of your shoes before entering your car, keeping your interior in better condition for longer. They also help keep rocks, gravel, and ice from beating up the bottom of your vehicle door, acting as a sort of shield against the elements.


What’s the difference between a running board and a nerf bar?

Running boards provide a platform that runs the length of the vehicle that can be used to stand on for entry and are flat from one end to the other. A nerf bar looks like a long pipe and only has platforms at the doorway entries to the vehicle. The rest of the board looks similar to a motorcycle tailpipe. 


So, which one is better?

That one is up to you. Some find the nerf bar more stylish. It usually comes in a chrome finish and looks sleek on the side of a vehicle. They were originally developed to fend off aggressive drivers in auto racing circles, so there is a nostalgic element to some as well. The running boards usually offer more finish options and can be metal or plastic. They provide more coverage along the side of the vehicle and match some of the modern exteriors better than the chrome of the nerf bar. The truth is, when you are looking for running boards for your Northeast Ohio vehicle, you can’t go wrong with either. 


How much do they cost?

There are so many variables here depending on what kind of running or nerf bar you select, the make and model of your vehicle, and how fancy you want to get with the design. You can even get electric running boards that drop down when you open your door to give you more clearance when the vehicle is moving, also increasing your aerodynamics! Your best bet is to contact D&S Automotive and talk to a specialist to set your budget based on what you are looking for.

This is why we are here! D&S Automotive has running boards for Northeast Ohio trucks, vans, SUVs, and Jeeps. We carry accessories from the manufacturers you know and trust. Contact us today to find out more about our wide selection of running boards and nerf bars for your Northeast Ohio vehicle!

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