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5 Reasons to Buy a 2014 Ford F-150

78692e8d02f94d80ad71758db149997aThe 2015 Ford F-150 is now available on dealer’s lots, so why are we suggesting that you buy the 2014? Because it’s a great truck! You can also pick it up for less than the 2015 model, and still get great features with enough left over to invest in something fun, perhaps new trailer. We’ve put together our top 5 reasons to buy a 2014 Ford F-150 so you can save some money and get a great Lakeland used Ford truck.

5. Comfortable and Quiet Ride: The 2014 F-150 offers a smooth ride and a comfortable cab. With plenty of cup holders, soft but supportive seats, clean lines, and a quiet interior, the ride in a F-150 rivals that of any luxury car you’ll find. It’s great for work and for family.

4. It’s Great for Nearly any Job: The base model V6 engine offers a towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds. If that’s not enough, the larger engines can tow over 11,000 pounds. You can tow your kid’s homecoming float down Main Street, or haul a skid loader and all your other equipment to a job site. The F-150 is ready for whatever job you need it for.

3. Plenty of Model Options: Ford’s 2014 F-150 has an extensive collection of options. There are about 10 trim levels, 3 cab sizes, and 3 bed lengths to choose from. Whether you need a barebones truck for work, or if your taste leans a little more luxury while but still need a workhorse, then the F-150 has a model for you. There are also special edition models, like the Tremor or Raptor, that you can choose from.

2. Loaded with the Latest Technolog: Buying a 2014 model doesn’t mean you have to skimp on technology. The 2014 F-150 is loaded with all of the technology that makes life in a truck even easier. You can opt for the MyFord Touch interface with touchscreen and dual USB ports, or go for the automated dual-zone climate control. There are also upgraded stereo systems and headlights to consider. There’s certainly no shortage of cool gadgets in the 2014.

1. No Matter the Engine, You Can’t go Wrong: The number one reason to buy a 2014 Ford F-150 is that no matter which engine option you choose, it’s going to be quality. The base-level engine is a 3.7-liter V6 with over 300 horsepower. The twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 will get you 22 mpg while cranking out 365 horsepower.

We just can’t say it enough: the 2014 Ford F-150 is an amazing truck. For more Lakeland used Ford truck knowledge, browse the Gibson Truck World blog, or stop by Gibson Truck World and talk to one of our knowledgeable truck specialists.

Maintenance Tips For the Chevy Owner

dd6fa76d8b9d406980397a9b6cff4256One of the most important things to consider when buying a Lakeland used Chevy truck is “What will the maintenance costs be?” Maintenance is a necessary expense for keeping your truck in good working order, but sometimes it can feel like an expense you want to put off.

We’ve compiled a few maintenance tips for the Lakeland used Chevy truck owner from our truck specialists that will help keep costs down so you’re not tempted to skip it.

  • Buy a common make and model to keep costs low: Chevy trucks, especially the Silverado, have a reputation for having low maintenance costs. Some of this can be attributed to the sheer number of them on the road. Chevy doesn’t change the model of required maintenance equipment (filters, tire size, etc) very often, so there’s a larger quantity of parts available. This alone will help keep your maintenance costs low, and by purchasing a Chevy, you’ve already done yourself (and your wallet) a favor.

  • Follow the maintenance schedule: The most important thing you can do for your truck is to follow the prescribed maintenance schedule. It’s available in your truck’s owner’s manual. Chevy truck engines have been tested thoroughly to fully understand when parts wear out. It’s important to replace them before they wear out so they don’t have a chance to cause expensive damage. The best way to do this is by following the maintenance schedule.

  • Cheaper parts aren’t always cheaper in the end: Buying cheap parts is a temping way to save some money on maintenance. However, you’ll want to carefully evaluate the part to make sure you’re not buying a part that is both cheap in price and in quality. Low quality parts run out quicker and often need to be replaced before the standard maintenance schedule. By waiting, you could end up with expensive repair bills or excessive wear on other parts of the truck.

  • Don’t do the work yourself, unless you know what you’re doing: This advice isn’t limited to Lakeland used Chevy truck maintenance; this is true for all trucks and vehicles. Before deciding to do maintenance on your own, fully research what you’ll be doing and get an expert to help the first time. Also, there are certain maintenance tasks that should only be done by a trained mechanic. Sometimes you think you’re saving money by doing it yourself, but if it leads to more wear and tear than normal, it could end up costing you more in the long run.

If you’re not sure which parts to choose, or what your maintenance schedule should be, contact the Lakeland used Chevy truck experts at Gibson Truck World. Also, check out the rest of our blog for more great tips!

Give Your Pickup Truck a Pick Me Up with These Accessories

ramtruckSometimes, when you’ve owned an Orlando used truck for years, it can start to look a little rundown with all the hard work you’ve put it through. While you may not want a new truck, perhaps you would like to give your pickup truck a pick-me-up with some new accessories. They can help spruce up your truck, and make it feel new all over again.

Here are some ideas that you can add to your truck:

  • Bed Liner: A new bed liner is a great way to freshen up your truck, especially if the bed is scraped, dinged, and dented. If you don’t like the permanence of a spray-in liner, you can opt for a plastic bed insert instead. It’ll also protect the bed from further damage and the rust that often forms where the paint has been scratched.

  • Seat Covers: Nothing freshens up the inside of a pickup quicker than a seat cover. It’s a quick way to hide worn out fabric or cracked leather seats. Seat covers are available for bench seats and individual seats, so you’re “covered” either way.

  • Floor Mats: While you’re adding a seat cover, swap out your floor mats too. They can certainly start to look old after years of dirt and gravel being worn into them. Opt for the heavy-duty rubber variety instead of the carpeted mats. When they get dirty, just toss them on the ground and rinse with the hose.

  • Tool Boxes: Adding a sleek aluminum or steel toolbox to the bed of your truck will definitely freshen it up. They’re a great way to keep your tools on hand and protected from the elements. Truck bed toolboxes are easily locked so everything is kept secure.

  • Hitch Cover: If your hitch cover is looking a little old and rusted, just add a cover to it, and it’ll look good as new. They’re available in classic styles and colors that will coordinate with your truck. Or you can opt for one of the many novelty varieties that are on the market today to show off your favorite hobby or cartoon character.

  • Upgraded Lights: Adding a few utility lights to the top of your truck cab definitely gives it a pick me up. Plus, you’re sure to discover all sorts of uses for them. They can provide extra lighting while trying to setup a tent in the woods at dusk, or add some extra light on those dark mornings while driving.

For more Orlando used truck accessory ideas, browse the Gibson Truck World blog.

10 Ways to Improve Gas Mileage in Your Truck

gas-station-727162_1280Whether you’re getting regular gas or diesel, we have all felt the pinch at the pump. Since eliminating travel and the expense of fuel isn’t an option, we have to find new ways to economize on the fuel we do buy. To help with that goal, we’ve put together our list of 6 ways to save money on fuel for your Orlando used truck.

1. Stick to your maintenance schedule: Without clean filters, properly inflated tires, and an efficiently running engine, you won’t be able to get good gas mileage, no matter what you do.

2. Use the proper grade fuel for your truck: Don’t select a cheaper fuel grade if your truck’s owner’s manual suggests something else. Cheaper gas now may mean an inefficiently running engine later.

3. Slow and steady wins the fuel economy race: Trucks run most efficiently when a consistent speed is maintained while driving, so try to use cruise control when you can. Also, trucks use less fuel at slower speeds, so stick to the right lane and don’t exceed the speed limit.

4. Plan your drive based on traffic patterns: If there are areas of heavy congestion and a lot of stop-and-go driving, you may want to find a new route. It will be good for your gas mileage and your stress level.

5. Turn your truck’s AC down…or off: Your truck’s AC uses a lot of gas. To reduce it’s drain on the tank, keep the AC low and avoid situations where you have to crank it by parking in shaded areas.

6. Reevaluate your use of drive-thru windows: Every moment you spend waiting in a drive-thru line burns fuel. Instead, park the truck and go inside. You may still have to wait in line but it won’t cost you a dime.

7. Lighten your load: Every ounce counts when it comes to fuel economy, so empty the truck of anything you don’t need for that trip.

8. Reduce the drag on your truck: Eliminating sources of drag on your truck and maintaining good aerodynamics can help your gas mileage. Any item sticking out of the bed creates drag, so don’t haul oversized items for any longer than you have to.

9. Carpool when you can: Carpooling even a few times a week can reduce the amount you spend on fuel. Take turns driving so each of you is driving your vehicle half the time and buying half the fuel.

10. Get everything you need in one trip: Instead of making multiple trips, take advantage of the distance you’ve already driven to run all of your errands at once.

For more truck and fuel economy tips, browse the Gibson Truck World blog. If you are looking for a quality Orlando used truck at a great price, please stop by Gibson Truck World. Our knowledgeable truck specialists can help you find the perfect truck for your needs.

7 Ways to Keep Truck Maintenance Costs Down

construction-646914_1280Whether you own one truck or a fleet, there’s always a need to do maintenance, and over time, those costs can really start to add up. With that in mind, we’ve asked our truck specialists to give us their tips for saving money on maintenance. They put their collective experience together into a list of 7 ways to keep used trucks in Lakeland, FL maintenance costs down.

#1 – Don’t drive aggressively: Abrupt stopping and starting is hard on your truck and over time and can lead to damage. Avoid driving aggressively whenever you can to prevent the need for repairs.

#2 – Check your tires: As part of regular maintenance routine, you’ll want to rotate and align your tires. You should also check the tire pressure periodically to ensure proper inflation. Under-inflated tires can create drag and make your truck’s engine and braking system work harder than necessary. Tires that are out of alignment, or are unbalanced, will wear abnormally and will require replacement much sooner than they otherwise would.

#3 – Let the engine warm up: If you own a diesel engine, it’s a good idea to let the engine warm up on its own after being off for a long period. This means not revving the engine to encourage a speedy warm up. Simply let it warm up undisturbed for no more than 10 minutes. Anything longer than that and you’re just wasting fuel.

#4 – Avoid idling: Letting your truck idle can wear out the engine over time and can lead to costly repairs. A truck left to idle actually creates twice the normal wear and tear then one traveling at a moderate speed does.

#5 – Drive during off hours: Driving during peak hours will often lead to a lot of traffic, and that leads to a lot of stop-and-go driving. It can also mean sitting idle in traffic jams. This is a double-whammy when it comes to truck damage. Whenever possible, travel at off hours to avoid traffic jams.

#6 – Keep your truck clean: Washing dirt and grime off of your truck prevents it from corroding your paint, wearing down components, or ending up in your truck’s various filters. A quick rinse a few times a month is all you need.

#7 – Preventative maintenance: We can’t stress this point enough: check your truck regularly so you can spot little things, like fluid leaks that can become big things later. The investment in preventative maintenance will help your truck last longer and help avoid more costly maintenance repairs over the life of the truck.

For more money saving tips for your truck, browse the Gibson Truck World blog. We offer great advice on used truck in Lakeland, FL, from how to pick the perfect truck for you, to even the history of the pickup truck.

6 Ways to Save Money on Fuel in Your Mid-Sized Truck

dollars-426023_1280Your medium-duty truck is a great workhorse, but it may be inefficient when it comes to fuel expenditure. Fortunately, these trucks offer several ways to increase their fuel economy without compromising on performance. Our truck specialists have combined their expertise to come up with six ways to save money on fuel for your Lakeland used truck.

1. Get the right tire for your type of truck.

Fuel economy starts at the bottom of your truck with the tires. Be sure to select a tire that is appropriate for the surface you’ll be driving on and is the proper size for your truck. Using tires that are too large for your vehicle can reduce your gas mileage.

2. Understand your drive-axle ratio options.

Depending on your truck’s class, make and model, and the rear-axle capacity, its drive-axle ratio will be between 2.69:1 and 7.17:1. If your truck’s ratio is set too high, you may be using more gear than you need which leads to wasted fuel. In general, higher ratios are for trucks hauling (or towing) their maximum payload on steep grades. Middle ratios are for general hauling and towing on mixed but not extreme terrain. The lower ratios are for hauling lighter loads on flat, unvaried terrain.

3. Don’t get more chassis than you need.

Start by determining how much you’ll need to haul with your truck. Then select a chassis that is appropriate for that amount, and don’t opt for more than you need. Any extra weight from a larger chassis will just be wasting fuel.

4. Check out different transmission options.

Transmission options are changing, and many manufacturers are now offering a six-gear automatic transmission. The extra gears allows for greater torque on takeoff while still maintaining high fuel efficiency.

5. Evaluate upfit materials.

Upfit materials can be made of aluminum, fiberglass, or steel. When considering fuel economy, the lightweight options like aluminum or fiberglass are a better choice, assuming they can get your particular job done. Always opt for the lighter weight material to keep your MPG rating up.

6. Don’t get more horsepower than you need.

Typically with a medium-duty truck, the goal is to haul or tow a certain payload. The key to doing this well is torque. Sometimes, horsepower can take a backseat in favor of fuel efficiency. Before choosing a higher horsepower engine, consider how fast you’ll actually need to go with it and downgrade when possible.

For more fuel saving tips, browse out the Gibson Truck World blog, and if you are looking for a truck, we have a great selection of Lakeland used trucks at a price you’ll love.

Top 10 Things Your Truck Needs for Awesome Tailgating

appetizer-634820_1280Tailgating isn’t just for parking lots before the big game; it’s for day trips at the lake and the beach, or hiking with your friends. Plan a relaxing, outdoor getaway this weekend with our list of the top 10 things your Lakeland used truck needs for awesome tailgating.

10. A Cooler

Keep your tailgating food safe and cold in a cooler. Be sure to buy one big enough to chill the main dish, the sides, and the most important part of the meal, the beverages.

9. A Grill

A small charcoal grill will help you cook up all your food. Don’t forget to bring charcoal, a chimney starter and newspaper, tongs, and a metal spatula too!

8. Wood Boards

A couple of wooden boards laid across the truck bed will make an instant table. Everyone can climb into the truck bed and pass food around the makeshift table.

7. A Canopy

A canopy is great for protecting your food and your friends from intense sunshine, an afternoon rain shower, or just falling leaves from nearby trees.

6. Blankets or Chairs

A few thick blankets laid out over a grassy lake bank, or some well-placed folding chairs, are a great addition to any tailgating party.

5. A Shovel

Either a full-sized shovel or a folding camping shovel works great. It can be used to dig a fire pit or clear leaves and debris from a seating area.

4. Power Inverter

A power inverter can boost the wattage output of your truck’s outlets. It’s perfect for setting the party mood by powering a TV, string lights, or helping to get some music going by powering a guitar amp.

3. Chains or Recovery Straps

If you’re heading off of the paved roads, there’s always a chance you may get stuck. Don’t let it ruin the day though; bring some chains or straps so you can pull yourself out of any pit.

2. Battery Jumper

Sometimes, the fun gets distracting and you lose track of your truck’s battery power. It’s tough to get a jump in the middle of nowhere, but a portable battery jumper pack can take care of that problem.

1. A Watertight Storage Box

Tailgating involves bringing a lot of items with you, and rather than letting them sit loose in the back of your truck, pack them into a storage box. A watertight option will protect your gear from rain.

For more fun ways to start using your Lakeland used truck, browse the Gibson Truck World blog. Perhaps you are in the market for a high-quality trucks for an amazing price, so we invite you to call and speak to one of our knowledgeable truck specialists at (866) 442-7667. It is our mission to find the perfect owner for our amazing trucks.

Evolution of the Monster Truck and Its Racing

6cd7d5b2ce74450293d97a8a18261da3Several times a year, in cities throughout the country, arenas are packed with screaming fans waiting for enormous monster trucks to hit the track below them. They’ll watch the trucks as they race around the track, bounding over hills and into pits. Then comes the freestyle event, where everyone watches wide-eyed as the trucks crush cars beneath their oversized tires. This isn’t what monster truck racing always looked like; in fact, this isn’t what monster trucks always looked like. Let’s take a journey back and explore the evolution of the monster truck and its racing.

The first monster trucks started as part of the mud bogging and truck pulling events that were popular in the 1970s. Teams in these events were continuously updating and modifying their pickup trucks to beat the competition. Eventually, the truck owners began lifting their trucks and putting them on 48” tires to increase the ability to plunge through the bogs. This is when America was introduced to classic monster trucks like Bigfoot and King Kong.

As monster truck racing competition grew and events started popping up all over the country, promoters were looking for a way to encourage new fans to watch the sport. In 1981, a promoter approached the driver of Bigfoot and asked to film him driving over a couple of cars that were placed in a field. Bob Chandler was hesitant at first, but he eventually gave it a try, and Bigfoot became the first documented monster truck to drive over cars.

The sport continued to grow, and the focus shifted from exhibition-style shows of truck pulling and mud bogging to racing. The monsters raced around dirt tracks filled with hills and pits. By this time, many of the trucks in the competition were sitting on 66” tires and were no longer standard pickup truck bodies. They were now being built out of lighter frame materials like fiberglass.

The races were single-elimination, which meant that drivers who were eliminated early didn’t get much time on the track. To remedy this, the promoters began holding freestyle events after the race. These events gave the drivers a chance to show off their skills by crushing lines of cars, buses, and even an airplane! They did donuts and wheelies that drove the crowd crazy. These freestyle events became so popular that they became the main event instead of an afterthought to the race.

Today, there are several monster truck shows that run continuously throughout the year, including the popular Monster Jam. If you’re interested in getting a monster truck of your own, stop by Gibson Truck World today.

For more truck history, browse the Gibson Truck World blog. And if you are in the market for an Orlando used truck, please feel free to stop by our lot and speak to a truck specialist. They can help you find the truck of your dreams, for a price you will love.

12 Tire Buying Secrets

tire-640486_1280When it comes to buying tires, many people just go for the cheapest option that will fit on their vehicle. This approach could be hurting the performance, fuel economy, and overall safety of your used truck in Lakeland FL. These considerations aren’t always on the top of your mind when you’re staring at the estimate. We know how you feel, so we’ve tapped into the expertise of our service technicians to put together their list of 12 tire buying secrets.

  1. Get your truck fitted with the correct tire size and class. The code on the sidewall indicates the tire’s size and intended use.

  2. Consider your driving style and the type of load you’ll have in your truck. If you often haul heavy cargo, make sure you’re getting a tire that can handle the weight.

  3. Follow the manufacturer’s tire size suggestion from your owner’s manual. Changing the tire size can actually affect your speedometer’s reading.

  4. Tire construction can vary, and each difference can impact performance. For example, a tall, soft sidewall will absorb more bumps from the road, and a short, stiff sidewall will give a bumpier ride, but better cornering ability.

  5. The tires you choose will affect your fuel economy, for better or worse. To maintain the truck’s quoted MPG rate, you’ll need to get tires the same, or very similar to, the factory-selected tires it came with.

  6. The higher the tire’s UTQG (Uniform Tire Quality Grading), the longer it will last. So, even though it’s more expensive now, you won’t have to replace it for quite a while.

  7. When it comes to choosing a tire retailer, make sure you know who you’re dealing with. Check for online reviews of the place to see if people have been happy with the quality of their work.

  8. While you’re reading reviews of your tire retailer, check out the reviews of the tires as well. Make sure consumers and industry experts are happy with the tires you’re considering.

  9. If you’re considering used tires as a way to reduce replacement cost, be sure to check both the tread level and the integrity of it. Look closely for small defects and punctures before buying.

  10. If you’re going to be driving near/through areas with heavy construction, upgrade to a run-flat tire. You will save yourself money in the long run, as rough nails and screws will certainly find their way into your tires.

  11. Get your entire tire system inspected when you buy new tires. Faulty tire rods, inefficient brakes, or suspension issues all impact the longevity of your tires.

  12. Continue to maintain your tires after you buy them by having them rotated regularly.

For more truck tips, check out the Gibson Truck World blog, and if you’re in the market for a used truck in Lakeland FL, stop by Gibson Truck World or call at (866) 442-7667. Our truck specialists can help you find a truck that will fit your lifestyle and budget.

4 Great Trucks for the Working Man or Woman

construction-646914_1280With truck manufacturers creating masterpieces of craftsmanship that lean more luxury car than workhorse, it might be tough to wade through the options to find a good, quality truck. We’ve put together our list of 4 Orlando used trucks for the working man or woman that will help you find a truck that works just as hard as you do.

#4 – Ram 1500 Tradesman

This two-wheeled-drive truck is capable of 310 horsepower and 330 pound-foot of torque with the standard V6 engine. It’s often available at a lower price tag than the F-150 XL, and for your cash, you’ll get a standard cab and a bed that’s a little of over 6 feet long.

#3 – Ford F-150 XL

Ford’s entire F-series calls to those that work hard. The F-150 XL is a great entry-level truck. Over the years, it has become a particular favorite of those who wake up before the sun, and don’t quit until long after it goes down again.

#2 – Chevy Silverado 1500 Crew Cab

Just like Ford’s F-series, the Silverado is series is ready for any job. Load it up, attach your trailer behind it, and set off for the job site. With 285 horsepower and 305 pound-foot of torque, it’s got the power you need.

#1 – Ford F-250 XL

With a standard cab and an 8-foot bed, this truck is ready for serious work. It’s a no frills kind of truck. No matter the job or materials you need to haul, this truck can handle it.

If you are ready to purchase one of these trucks to help make your life easier, you can view the complete inventory of Orlando used trucks online. Gibson Truck World will provide you with a full vehicle history on any of their used trucks. Nowhere else will you find such quality with such low-key, friendly service. Check us out to see what the Gibson Advantage is all about!