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Choosing the Right Tires for Your Off-Road Terrain

When it comes to safety and performance, the tires on your vehicle play a starring role in the overall scheme of things. If off-roading is in your future, it’s vitally important to ensure that you have the proper tires to suit your specific needs. Are you having trouble deciding what the best tires for your Tampa used truck might be? Well, worry no more. Instead, call or stop by Gibson Truck World in Sanford and speak with a friendly associate right away. Your questions will be answered and your worries put at ease when you choose the right tires to get the job done.

Whether your off-roading plans include remote trails, muddy paths, wetlands, or hills and mountains, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you choose the best tires to suit your needs.

  • Mud and Snow: If the majority of your off-road driving is done through mud and snow, select a tire that has high void areas and a self-cleaning design. These tires need to be able to grasp the slippery material and expel it quickly–if they can’t your tires will lose traction and momentum, causing you to get stuck.

  • Rocks: If driving over rocks is your thing, be sure to choose a tire with high resistance to puncture and ones that have enough height to easily pass over large rocks so the rocks don’t hit your undercarriage. Also, look into bead lock wheels and tires. These wheels lock around the bead of a tire, giving better grip on rocky surfaces.

  • Sand: Sandy terrain requires a tire that has a wide surface area and round shoulder. This tire helps prevent you from helplessly digging yourself into the sand. Paddle tires are great for sand driving if that’s the main surface your truck encounters. They generally don’t have the traditional tire grooves but have a sweeping paddle that helps with gaining traction in the sand.

  • Gravel and Loose Material: If your truck generally drives on hard packed surfaces or gravel, avoid aggressive tread designs. A tire thats main focus is puncture resistance and stone ejection is the perfect choice for your truck. Gravel and hard pan is a prime area for tire-puncturing material, your tires need to be able to withstand the sharp edges of each piece of gravel while releasing small rocks that get stuck in the tread.

No matter what surface you’re driving on, safety is critical, and tires are a great place to begin in maintaining vehicle safely. If you’re looking for more advice on tire and truck maintenance and safety, contact the experts at Gibson Truck World today. We’re more than happy to assist in any way possible. Additionally, share this post with your friends and fellow off-road driving enthusiasts to ensure they have the right tires on their Tampa used truck.

Top Four Used Trucks

If you are thinking about buying a used truck in Ocala, FL, for recreation, work, family, or just because, there are obviously a number of options to choose from. No matter what area of life you’re thinking of, here at Gibson Truck World, we strive to provide great options to fit your specific needs. As such, we did a little legwork for you and found four used pickups that you just have to see to believe! Each of the following models offers a solid track record for engine, transmission, and drivetrain dependability, displaying multi-year proficiency in this regard:

  • 2005-2012 Ford F-150: Rest assured knowing that mechanically it is one of the best used pickups available. Best selling vehicle in America!

  • 2008-2012 GMC Sierra: The GMC Sierra qualifies for our list of the best used pickups by virtue of the fact that its owners are, apparently, happier with the Sierra than Chevy owners are with the mechanically identical Silverado.

  • 2010-2012 Ford F-Series Super Duty: Equipped with the PowerStroke turbo-diesel engine, this heavy-duty pickup is the best bet in terms of powertrain and drivetrain durability.

  • 2009-2012 Chevrolet Avalanche: Is a 5- or 6-passenger that offers a rear cab wall that can be removed and rear seats that can be folded down to expand the length of the cargo bed. This unique feature makes this truck ideal for anyone seeking the look and passenger capacity of an SUV combined with the open-bed practicality of a truck.

At Gibson Truck World we have selected these and many more quality trucks for you to consider. Each vehicles goes through a 135-point inspection before being driven onto the lot. This ensures that only quality used vehicles are available to our customers. Learn about our expansive selection on our website today.

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The Rules of the Trail

Summer is in full-swing. With summer’s numerous fun, exciting and popular activities, often come risks. So how can you ensure that safety is enforced during your summer fun? Use good judgment and think things through before acting on impulse. Off-roading is a popular summer activity but it can be dangerous if done carelessly. When you’re off-roading, not all of the rules of the road apply. Still, it’s important to keep some safety and etiquette tips in mind, especially if your selected trail is popular among other drivers of Sarasota used trucks.

  • Yield to climbers. If you’re on or near an incline, the truck climbing upward has the right of way so that he or she does not lose momentum by trying to stop. Make room and let them pass.

  • Never tailgate. As in any other driving situation, never tailgate. Give the person ahead of you plenty of space, just in case they hit an unexpected bump or get stuck in the mud.

  • Don’t drive recklessly. As difficult as it may seem, avoid speeding. Take the time to enjoy the sights of the trail, and stay safe in case you incur another driver or a rogue animal.

  • Don’t steer too far from your trailmates. Always make sure to keep your trailmates in sight. This way, if anyone runs into trouble or has a breakdown, you’ll be there to help.

  • Leave the trail in good condition. When you leave, make sure the trail is just as it was when you arrived. More tips for keeping a trail in good condition here: [link to May blog]

Off-roading is a great summer activity. Have fun and remember to stay safe. Keep these safety tips in mind the next time you hit the trail. Learn more from about off-roading and truck safety at the Gibson Truck World website today.

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Reasons To Buy a Pickup Truck

Need help determining what type of vehicle to buy? Well, why not consider an Ocala used truck? Versatility, strength, and sheer fun are only a few reasons why many people choose to buy a truck. Want a few more reasons? Consider their value retention, demand, and ease of resale.

Pickup trucks are not only an American icon. Beautiful on the outside, these trucks offer some important advantages among other vehicles that you might want to consider before you make an impulsive purchase.

The first advantage you have to consider is safety. Made of strong, tested metal, the body of these trucks is made to last and to keep you extra safe. In addition, they keep you higher than the other drivers, giving you the power to see further and have more control on the road.

Another important benefit is the convenience with which you can transport large or oddly shaped items. Where these items may be bulky and inconvenient to fit in a smaller vehicle, a truck provides the space needed to move these items. Taking your bikes to the park or helping your friend transport that heavy fridge to their new home will be easier than ever. Trucks are a great option for construction workers, as well.

Additionally, most Ocala used trucks contain a powerful engine with great torque and horsepower, ideal for hauling anything you want in a safe way, without damaging your truck. With a truck, hauling that boat that has been sitting in your garage since 2005 is easy and convenient.

At Gibson Truck World, we pride ourselves on the compliments and reviews we received from our loyal customers and the knowledgeable critics working in the used truck industry. We are acknowledged for our quality, integrity, value, and care. As an industry leader, we believe in every vehicle sold, and we want to ensure that you receive the best pickup truck to fit your needs and desires. If you’ve decided that an Ocala used truck is your vehicle of choice this summer, visit Gibson Truck World today. Let us recommend the best pickup models available based on your needs–enjoy the power and utility of these incredible machines this summer.

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Expert-Level Towing Tips

When you own an Ocala diesel truck, towing and hauling are often common expectations from family, friends, acquaintances or even the occasional stranger! Ask any seasoned truck owner if they believe they’re expected to help move or tow anything, and they’ll tell you that once they bought their first new or used truck, that vehicle also came with the unofficial title of: moving and towing aficionado.

You may have bought your truck for the sole purpose of towing and moving heavy equipment, or perhaps you bought your truck for another reason and have recently discovered the need to tow; either way, using your truck for heavy lifting is a common and useful quality. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a towing beginner, we want you to know your truck’s towing capabilities and how to move large objects safely.

We’ve given you some tips to make sure you’re safe and happy while you’re towing with your Ocala diesel truck. Now, here are a few expert-level towing tips to keep you towing like the pros.

  • Weight distribution. Don’t just jam all your items on your trailer until it’s full. The front of your trailer should bear more weight than the back, keeping a majority of the load close to the hitch.

  • Keep an eye on the little things. Pay close attention to your oil levels, temperature, and any warning lights when towing. The extra weight will make your truck work harder to maintain a steady speed.

  • Brake early. Give yourself plenty of room for braking. Try to brake in a straight line so that your items are not off balance.

  • Be cautious when going in reverse. Reversing with a trailer can be a bit of a hassle for beginners. Start by moving backwards with the truck and trailer in a straight line, then turn your wheel in the opposite direction of the way you want the trailer to move. Make sure your turns are slow and slight to avoid jackknifing.

If you keep these tips in mind while towing, you’ll impress everyone on the road with your skills. Let the used truck experts at Gibson Truck World help you ensure that your truck is ready for towing and hauling.  Learn more driving and safety tips at our website today.

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When Should You Trade Your Truck?

There comes a time in every truck owner’s life when their truck is no longer making them happy. The vehicle may no longer be functioning at peak performance or maybe it’s just old and you desire something a little newer, either way, there are many things you should consider when trying to decide whether it’s time to trade-in your truck and seek out a new-to-you Orlando used truck.

For starters, if the principal, interest, maintenance, and operating costs of your current vehicle are higher than the comparable costs attached to a newer vehicle, then it’s probably time to consider purchasing a new truck. However, sometimes it is difficult to determine if it’s a good time to move forward with a purchase, or if it’s really necessary. Luckily, there’s a business calculation known as the Economic Break Even Point (EBP) that is used to determine whether you should seriously consider a trade-in.

When calculating your truck’s EBP, first look at its function. If you use your truck for towing, you first must calculate the truck’s cost-per-hour. To find this estimate, add the total parts cost to the total labor costs. Divide this number by the total hours of operation–that figure represents your vehicle’s cost per hour.

Now, we need to find the break-even point. This figure displays the lowest possible cost per hour that your truck is capable of achieving throughout its life. If your truck’s break-even point is $2.00 per hour, and your run the vehicle at $3.00 or more per-hour, than you’re spending more money per hour than you should or could be spending. While a $1 may not seem like too much of a waste, consider how many hours per day you operate your truck. Now consider how many hours per month and year that you operate your vehicle. By calculating your Orlando used truck’s cost-per-hour and EBP, you can figure out how much you should/could save by investing in a new vehicle.

It’s essential that you know when it’s time to get rid of your old truck. At Gibson Truck World, we will help you estimate your EBP and cost-per-hour. We will help draft two budgets so you can visualize how much you could be saving. Come to Gibson Truck World to discuss your possible savings today.

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Tips To Keep Your Truck Running Right

Keeping your truck in the best possible operating condition can, no doubt, same you a good deal of money, time, and maybe even your life. Every Tampa used truck owner should keep certain items in mind to help keep their truck in great condition.

First things first, plan on following your preventive maintenance (PM) schedule based on the miles you’ll rack up and the conditions of the wear and tear of your truck. The more distance you drive the sooner you’ll have to check your truck. For instance, if you haul heavy loads through mountainous terrain, the wear and tear on your truck will be much greater than on a vehicle that consistently drives on flat, paved surfaces. To help identify which maintenance schedule is best for you, consult your vehicle’s maintenance manual. These manuals usually have a list of schedules that will allow you to identify the best schedule based on your use and situation.

Following your PM schedule will help you avoid situations such as having your truck towed off the highway or getting a new transmission sooner than necessary. Every time you purchase a new or used truck, it’s very important that you read its manual to help you plan your PM schedule. These are some normal maintenance items that you should keep an eye on to prevent some unnecessary disasters:

  • Every 3000 miles you should change your oil, check the air filter, and hoses (as they can rot from the inside out).

  • Every 30,000 miles you should check your front brakes and your spark plugs.

  • Every 60,000 miles check your transmission system, spark plugs wires, distributor cap, and rotor.

  • Tires and cooling services may vary widely. Based on the condition of the tires and the type, you may change it sooner than others. As far as the cooling system, it will mainly depend on the cooling type you use. If it’s a good one, it may last up to five years.

Remember to always read your truck manual! Treat your truck right to keep it running right. A regular maintenance schedule can save you lots of time and money.

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Is it Time for Some New Tires?

When you really stop to think about it, tires are perhaps the most important component of your Jacksonville used truck. The proper maintenance of your tires (or the lack thereof) can mean the difference between a safe or a disastrous outcome. There comes a time when tires are no longer safe and need to be replaced immediately. Even routine trips in your truck can put a great deal of stress on your tires. With that in mind, it is important to keep your tires in top condition for your safety and the safety of other drivers around you.

Knowing the signs that alert you of the need for new tires will prevent future problems on the road. Tread wear, weather conditions and tire age can be responsible for your tire’s condition.

  • Tread wear: As long as you have 2/32 of an inch of tread depth remaining, you should be good. An easy way to check if your treads are shallow and worn is by grabbing a penny and inserting it in different tread grooves across the tire. If you can see the top of Lincoln’s face, it’s time to change your tire.

  • Weather conditions: Hot Florida temperatures can cause a great deal of damage to your truck’s tires, and may even cause them to lose their shape. Keep an eye on your tires and if their structural integrity is being compromised, contact a professional for new tires.

  • Tire age: Most tire manufacturers recommend to have your tires changed every 10 years. Next time you purchase some new or used ones from a manufacturer or dealer ask them when would be the right time to replace them.

When purchasing a Jacksonville used truck, it is very important that you watch out for dried or rotten tires. Check out our video from our website on how to spot them so you don’t get fooled. Call us with any questions–the experts at Gibson Truck World want all your trucking experiences to be safe and fun.

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Pros of Having a Bumper to Bumper Warranty

When buying a used truck it’s important that you consider getting a warranty to have your truck covered in case some part fails or you just need to have it checked. Out of the three most common types of truck warranties that exist, bumper to bumper warranty is probably the most useful choice for its benefits and price. As the name indicates, this type of warranty covers almost everything between your Ocala used truck’s front and back bumpers. If your engine quits or oil starts leaking, you can take the car in for repairs at no charge.

Some of the things that your bumper to bumper warranty generally cover are fuel system, brakes, power steering, sensors, audio system, lights, seatbelts, airbags, and climate control. Things like third party electronic devices such as DVD players and headphone systems will carry a warranty but won’t be tied to your truck’s warranty. Other parts that normally a bumper to bumper warranty won’t cover will be tires, which most of the time comes with their own manufacturer’s warranty, and headlights–burnt-out bulbs come with full cost.

However, not every bumper to bumper warranty includes the same coverage. The coverage changes from manufacturer to manufacturer, model to model, and year to year. That’s why it’s important that you always read the fine print and ask all the appropriate questions regarding your coverage..

Generally speaking, bumper to bumper warranties make things easier when the time comes to have one of your truck’s parts fixed. If your warranty covers the problem, the truck is fixed at no cost. Because you’re dealing with the dealership and manufacturer directly, there is far less paperwork involved in warranty work than an insurance claim, making this a much faster process.

If you want a safe, professional, enjoyable, and fair experience regarding your truck purchase and warranty–where you can make friends and get a good deal–consider the advantages of Gibson Truck World. At Gibson Truck World, we provide a one year real bumper to bumper warranty for all of our Ocala used trucks valid across the United States, meaning that no matter where you are in the US, we’ve got you covered. To get more information about this and other types of warranties, give us a call. Share this post to help inform your friends of the importance of knowing what their bumper to bumper warranty covers.

Why We Say No to Some Trucks

We all make mistakes at one time or another. Usually, when poor choices involve big ticket items, trouble and stress result. Here at Gibson Truck World, we work tirelessly to provide you with a great selection of the highest quality used trucks. While this is a novel idea, you may be wondering how we ensure that every used truck we showcase in Sarasota, FL, is of the highest quality and standard. It’s simple, every week at Gibson Truck World we reject an average of eight to ten trucks because they are not up to our standards.

At Gibson Truck World we are very transparent with what we do. Before selling any truck we test it and do an  inspection of it in our body shop. We perform this inspection to ensure that we only select the best used trucks for our clients. We don’t base our purchases on lies or deceit.

Generally speaking, trucks that have been in an accident will most likely have several intense injuries that will affect the rest of that truck’s life. A good example of this issue among dealers happened to us once when we received a truck that, although good in appearance, was missing the catalytic converter, tank, and had an EGR bypass. These damages would have caused the future owner of the truck over $7000.

We strive for the best quality trucks, and to help you in this matter, Gibson Truck World provides you with a list of all those trucks that we have declined due to poor quality or illegal conditions. Don’t be fooled by unethical dealers and always look for a dealer with an in-house body shop–that way, they’ll be able to check the truck’s condition for themselves.

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