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Considerations for Off-Roading

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Off-roading can be a whole lot of fun, but only if you’re using the right equipment. In this case, the equipment is your truck. Just as certain pots are used for certain recipes, certain trucks are used for off-roading, which is why considering several important factors before settling on a used truck from Orlando is very important. Here are the biggest things you should make note of when purchasing a Gibson Truck World truck for off-roading.

Ground Clearance

It’s going to be your first obstacle; not having enough clearance from the floor to the bottom of the truck will result in almost immediate damage and getting stuck. Consider adding steel skid plates in order to protect important parts.

Wheel Articulation

You’ll want to be able to get as much control from your wheel as possible in order to traverse through difficult spots. Many enthusiasts prefer a solid axle which allows more articulation as compared to an independent suspension, which is better for racing through the desert.

Tires Are Key

When it comes to finding the perfect tire, a bigger tire is always better for off-roading. That’s because it will allow for more contact with the surface, thus greater traction. You’ll want a wheel that has deep treads. When you’re ready to go off-road, release some air pressure from the tires to allow them to flatten some, thus increasing surface contact even more.

High Air Intake

Your truck’s air intake is a crucial part of running, which is why it is essential that nothing gets in there, especially water. Hydrolocking is a condition where water enters the air intake and prevents the engine from performing correctly, causing a lot of damage. To prevent this, ensure your intake is high, potentially adding a snorkel if you intend on going through deep water.

These are but a few of the very important factors you should consider when purchasing a used truck in Orlando for off-roading purposes. If you need help deciding which Gibson Truck World truck is right for you and your needs, visit us in person at 3455 South Orlando Drive, or give us a ring at 407-321-0660 any day of the week.

Best-Selling Trucks of 2016

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Now that 2016 has come to a close, we’d like to discuss which trucks ranked highest, in terms of sales, throughout the country. Historically, there have been some serious performers, and that remains true for this past year as well. However, there are also some interesting surprises to make note of. By analyzing which used trucks Orlando customers want to buy, Gibson Truck World can better prepare our inventory to make the purchasing process much simpler for you. Let’s take a look at the best-selling trucks of 2016!

The Ford F-Series

Finding Ford at the top of the list is no surprise. Their F-Series trucks like the F-150, F-250, and F-350, have been ranked number one in sales for the past 35 years in a row. Talk about impressive. These trucks alone have sold upwards of 900,000 units in 2016, which is significantly more than the trucks next on the list.

Chevrolet Silverado

The Silverado has consistently been named one of the best trucks to own in recent years. Their success at meeting the needs of the average consumer is what has helped Chevy sales skyrocket this past year. The Silverado alone sold nearly 600,000 units. The Colorado, its smaller brother, sold more than 100,000 units, which means the General Motors brand (including Chevrolet and GMC) sold the most trucks overall in 2016.

Ram Pickups

Coming in at third place are the FCA Ram pickups, which include a variety of models such as the Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500. These trucks sold a bit over 450,000 units for the past year, signaling that their brand and trucks are still heavily in demand.

Toyota

Toyota Motors came in fourth place with the Toyota Tundra and the Tacoma. They sold a total of 307,000 units which is still remarkably respectable and falls above the sales made by the Nissan and Honda truck offerings.

The Orlando used truck market is ripe and ready for a wonderful 2017. You can expect more and more of these wonderful trucks filling the Gibson Truck World lot as the year progresses. Come by our location on 3455 South Orlando Drive for a look at the trucks we have in stock already!

Three Features Found in Luxury Trucks

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Per Ford’s independent research, this past November, over 71% of their Super Duty trucks sold were the higher-end, luxury models. This means that the sale of luxury used Ford trucks in Orlando is on the rise. Today, Gibson Truck world is going to discuss the top three features found in our luxury trucks so you can be on the up & up when purchasing your own.

  1. Dashboard Infotainment Systems

One of the telltale signs that you’ve stepped inside of a luxury truck will be the glaring addition of a spruced up, tech-filled dashboard. Known as an infotainment system in the industry, these upgraded displays offer a wide variety of services including, but not limited to, GPS map functionality, Bluetooth and auxiliary music connections, and satellite radio. These luxury features allow consumers to participate in a more enriched experience as they perform their day to day activities.

  1. Upgraded Interior & Seating

This one is a no-brainer, but luxury vehicles almost certainly sport an upgraded interior made of stitched leather. Leather, as compared to cloth, is universally recognized as luxury since it is significantly more expensive. Furthermore, the functionality of seating sees upgrades as well. You will find that your seats may be cooled or heated to your specification and that they electronically move upon your discretion. At times, they will have memory settings to remember exactly how you like to sit!

  1. Safety Improvements

Luxury used ford trucks in Orlando not only make your ride more comfortable, but they provide more protection than standard models. Certain manufacturers offer more airbags around different areas of the cabin to increase protection upon impact. There are also a few technological advancements implemented, such as a rear camera for backing up with ease, and vehicle detection sensors that will vibrate your seat or otherwise warn you if there are vehicles in your blind spot.

Long gone are the days where owning a truck meant sacrificing luxury and comfort. Today, consumers looking for a used Ford truck in Orlando have options that can provide a remarkable driving experience. If you’re interested in checking one out for yourself, visit Gibson Truck World located on 3455 South Orlando Drive, or give us a call today at 407-321-0660.

Don’t Waste Your Hard-Earned Money on Premium Gas

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We all want the best for our trucks, undoubtedly so. But if you’re the type to splurge on the premium gasoline at the pump in hopes of helping your truck last or perform longer, we have bad news. According to a recent study by AAA, using premium fuel on a vehicle that doesn’t require it is a waste of money. Let’s talk about how this affects the used trucks Orlando customers purchase from Gibson Truck World.

When we (and the gas stations) refer to regular or premium gasoline, we are referring to that gasoline’s octane amount. Premium gasoline lies anywhere from 91 to 93 octane, whereas regular is 87-89. The findings by AAA show that over 16 million Americans pay for premium when their trucks don’t actually need it. This means that over $2.1 billion dollars were spent superfluously.

Their studies showed that there was absolutely no increased performance or benefit by using premium fuel for vehicles that didn’t need it according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Premium fuel is not necessarily a premium or higher-quality product. For vehicles that do need it, as specified by the owner’s manual, the premium fuel is actually required. Using lower grade fuel, or rather, lower octane fuel, can actually harm the engine and, in effect, lower performance and longevity over time.

These findings come from a reputable organization and were performed exactly like the tests done by the Environmental Protection Agency. Looking to save some money? Make the switch the regular gasoline if your manual does not dictate that premium is required. Now, if you want to keep using premium gasoline, that is your choice, but the findings show you will be wasting your money.

At Gibson Truck World, we pride ourselves in providing the best information to our customers. We care about your experience and about your wallet! When you purchase one of the many used trucks Orlando’s premiere dealership has in stock, you’ll find that great care and work has been done to ensure you have a pleasant experience. It’s simply the way we do business. If you have any questions, simply give us a ring at 407-321-0660 any day of the week!

Choosing Your Truck’s Cab Size

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When you start to think about which used Ford F150s in Orlando you might want to purchase, you’ll definitely want to consider cab size. It’s an important factor to give thought to because it can affect your entire experience while you own that truck. Today, Gibson Truck World is going to show you a few of the differences between cab sizes and what they mean for your ride and your wallet.

There are three main categories to the cab: regular, extended, and crew cab. The regular cab is the original design for most trucks, and it is the most traditional. With this option, there is only one row of seats, which means at maximum, you can seat three people, and oftentimes the middle seat is quite cramped. You’ll also have the back window right behind your seat, which may be a good or bad thing, depending on your preference.

The regular cab means limited space, but it also means cost savings at the time of purchase. You will typically purchase this cab size if your intended use is purely commercial. Furthermore, there is zero chance that your truck bed length will be impacted by this cab choice, as it is with other options.

The extended cab is slightly more spacious, providing a secondary row of seating which is not full size but does allow for more passengers and can serve as an option for covered storage. It’s a slightly more expensive option, but may also sell for more at the time of sale.

Lastly, the crew cab is the most spacious and acts like a completely fleshed out second row of seating. All passengers will be comfortable, and all will have their own door to enter and exit the cab. This option is certainly more expensive, but there is also an additional cost. You will most likely have a shortened truck bed length. Once in awhile, you may find a crew-cab, full-bed truck, but they are often more complicated to drive and maneuver.

When looking for a truck, such as our used Ford F150s in Orlando, be sure to head to Gibson Truck World. We are the number one used truck dealership in the world, and we are ready to serve you. Give us a call at 407-321-0660, or visit us in person at 3455 South Orlando Drive.

Truck Spotlight: 2015 Ford F-350 Crew Cab Longbed

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Often on our truck spotlight, we focus our attention on trucks that cater to the man or woman looking for luxury, above all. On today’s spotlight, we are doing something a bit different by looking at this 2015 Ford F-350 whose primary purpose is to get things done! It’s a workhorse, and it’s ready to be the one out of all of the used Ford trucks in Orlando that you choose to make things happen. Let’s take a look at what makes this truck so special.

This truck is not primarily about looks, but that is not to say that it can’t hold its own. On the outside, you’ll find a standard white paint job in pristine condition, which signals that this truck means business. While inside, this puppy is rocking leather seats, power locks, and mirrors, steering wheel music controls, as well as cruise control. The passenger cab is extra large to accommodate your entire family or crew comfortably without compromising other features important in a work truck.

One of the features which this truck possesses over others that despite having a large cab size, it maintains a full-size truck bed. That means that you’ll be able to carry loads of material, tools, and supplies without worrying about things sticking out or not fitting. This allows you to install a full toolbox without compromising size, as well as being able to bring along the entire crew. That feature alone sets it apart from the rest.

With all the space this truck provides, you will need a significant amount of power to get around. This truck is full of power because, after all, it is a Ford F-350 running on a Powerstroke eight-cylinder 6.7-liter diesel engine. What that means is that you’ll be towing, hauling, and carrying nearly anything you could imagine with a heavy-duty truck such as this.

At less than 20,000 miles, this is one of the best used Ford trucks Orlando’s number one dealership, Gibson Truck World, has got to offer. We would be remiss if we didn’t tell you that you better act fast if you want this one for yourself, as it is a complete package built to get work done. If you’re thinking of taking a gander, visit us at 3455 South Orlando Drive, or check it out online!

Seven Ways to Better Maintain your Truck in 2017

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Make 2017 the year that completely revolutionizes your truck maintenance routine and helps you lengthen the life of your truck. As the leading used truck dealership, Gibson Truck World has learned a thing or two about how to take care of the used trucks in Orlando, and we’re ready to share our advice with you. Here are seven ways to better maintain your truck in the new year!

  1. Keep an Eye on the Oil

There is no greater factor affecting the longevity of your truck than the oil pumping through its engine. Be sure to check it frequently, and change it and the filter when necessary.

  1. Change the Coolant

Coolant is essential to running your engine at a safe temperature. We suggest using a 50/50 ratio of water to coolant and replacing it once a year.

  1. Transmission & Differential Fluids

These fluids do not need regular servicing, but follow your owner’s manual for instructions on what type of fluid your truck needs, and don’t neglect to change it at the interval recommended by the manufacturer.

  1. Clean It All Over

A clean truck is not only an issue of sanitation, but there is also a lot of nasty stuff that can build up underneath. Take a hose to the underside of the truck to remove grime, dirt, and even salt.

  1. Lubricate Everything

It’s important to keep every part of your truck lubricated, as it is a necessary component to maintaining full function.

  1. Wax It

A healthy coat of wax applied to your paint every six months or so will do wonders for maintaining the paint job of every one of the used trucks Orlando residents own.

  1. Keep the Sun Out

Our Florida sun is one of the greatest threats to keeping our trucks looking good. It can damage the paint on the outside, but it is also incredibly detrimental to the inside. Use a window shade to keep it out, and apply a UV protectant to the interior plastics and vinyl.

There you have it: seven foolproof ways to provide better maintenance for the used trucks Orlando residents own in 2017. Get yourself down to the Gibson Truck World lot on 3455 South Orlando Drive to see what other good stuff we have to show.

Choosing the Ultimate Tool Box

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The toolbox is one of the most overlooked accessories for trucks, but it is simultaneously the greatest addition to any truck. If you have tools to carry around, you have got to purchase a toolbox to put them in, as leaving tools in the truck bed simply won’t suffice. Gibson Truck World is going to give you some less known tips and considerations to make when choosing a toolbox for your used truck in Orlando.

Preparation

There are three big reasons for getting a toolbox:

  1. Storing tools

  2. Providing security for your tools and materials

  3. Preventing damage to tools from movement or weather

You’re going to need to measure the distance between the rails of your truck bed, as this is crucial to finding a box that fits perfectly. Start on the outside of one rail and measure to the outside of the other to ensure you’re getting something that can rest on the rails. Also, take note of how high the rails are so you can know how large a box you can get. If you have a short bed truck, pay extra attention to where the wheel wells stick out into the truck bed, as they may interfere.

The Material

There are three main materials that your toolbox can be made of. Aluminum, the most popular option, is a strong material that is lightweight and does not corrode. Steel is stronger and will hold up better against dents, but it can corrode and rust if it’s protective paint is chipped. Stainless steel is the more expensive option that provides greater durability than aluminum and does not rust like regular steel.

The Style

There are three main styles of toolboxes. First, the crossover box rests on the rails and crosses from one side of the truck bed to the other. It is placed behind the rear window. Crossover boxes can be found in several styles including a low-profile, smaller box, a double-lid box that allows you to compartmentalize, and the gull wing box that also has two lids, but they face the back of the truck instead of opening from the side.

There are also side-mounted toolboxes that can provide more storage and attach to the side of the bed rail. Lastly, there are simply tool chests that are big boxes that get attached to the floor of the truck bed.

As you can see, there are many considerations to make when purchasing a toolbox, but this guide will make a great starting point for finding the one that is right for your Orlando used truck. For more help selecting a toolbox or a truck, contact Gibson Truck World by phone at 407-321-0660 or visit us in person at 3455 South Orlando Drive.

Feeling Festive? How to Decorate Your Truck

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The holidays are almost upon us, and it’s that time of year when family comes together to decorate the entire house. So why not decorate your used trucks, Orlando? Gibson Truck World is going to give you some suggestions as to how you might decorate your truck and have all of the neighbors feeling a tiny bit envious.

Light It Up

One of the coolest, greatest shock value ways you can decorate your truck is by adding some lights to it. If you haven’t witnessed it before, it is quite a sight seeing a big, lighted vehicle driving down the road. You can accomplish this by running string lights all over the truck. We’ve seen some individuals even attaching lawn decorations to the roof of their vehicle. There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind when attaching lights.

The first is that your typical string Christmas lights run off of household electricity, which is 110v of AC electricity, whereas your truck is running off of 12v DC. If you intend on using the same lights you already own on your used trucks Orlando, then you’re going to need an inverter. This changes the current from 12v DC to 110v AC. It comes in handy because you’ll be able to use the inverter later on to power anything you’d like such as your work tools. When purchasing an inverter, more wattage is better, although more expensive.

If you’d rather not buy an inverter, you may purchase string lights that run off of 12v DC electricity. They are a bit more expensive than your average string lights but might be worth it. Purchase some that are water and weatherproof.

Other Decorations

If lights aren’t your thing, or you simply don’t want to set them up, try some other decorations instead. One that we are really fond of is a reindeer kit, which comes with two antlers and a big red nose to attach to your grille.

That’s it! You’ve got some great options to decorate the used trucks Orlando residents will see this holiday season as they’re driving down the road. Remember to check local ordinances to see if you can attach lights to your truck. For more helpful information, call the Gibson Truck World truck specialists at 407-321-0660 or start an online chat now!

New Trucks in 2017: Kia and Mercedes

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The truck market has seen revision after revision of the same trucks for the past decade. We’ve been waiting for something different, and it seems that in 2017, we will get it. Both Kia and Mercedes intend on releasing entirely new trucks into this space, which would be their first venture into consumer trucks. What does this mean for Gibson Truck World customers? It means that soon enough, these will become the used trucks Orlando customers can purchase! Let’s take a closer look.

2018 Kia Pickup Truck

As of yet, we only have a few details to share, but we are excited with what might come from Kia. Their first venture into this segment appears to take a lot from the Hyundai Santa Cruz, which itself is modeled after the Tucson Crossover. You can expect similar front-end design as well as the same safety and technological features, but with a modified look overall. It is expected to pack a two-liter turbo diesel engine, the same one in the Santa Cruz, which delivers 190 horsepower, 300 lb-ft of torque, and 30 mpg on the highway. A tentative release date has been set for late 2017, and it is expected to retail at around $35k.

2018 Mercedes-Benz Pickup Truck

In March 2015, we found out that Mercedes-Benz had the intention of building a consumer truck, and this past October we got a first look at its design. Consumers will have a range of options to choose from including a truck that will be suitable for off-roading and another that is exclusively focused on luxury features, particularly in the interior. The high-end option will be packing a 6-cylinder diesel engine and full-time all-wheel drive, which means you’ll have plenty of power under the pedal. Mercedes-Benz’s entry into this market is refreshing as it brings luxury into a space that was lacking innovation.

At Gibson Truck World, we are very excited for the future of truck manufacturing. It means that soon enough, we will have more, exciting models of used trucks Orlando customers can choose from. If you’re looking for a truck right now, we can help you get settled into one. Call us at 407-321-0660 or visit us at 3455 South Orlando Drive today!