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7 Things You Should Carry in Your Truck

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If you’re the kind of person that takes their truck everywhere they go like most of us at Gibson Truck World, then you’re also the kind of person that should keep on reading. As we go about our day, anything can happen, from the mundane to the truly unexpected, which is why we think it prudent to prepare ourselves for just about any scenario. We think all of the used trucks Orlando residents own should be stocked just like we’re about to show you; it’s simply good advice! Here are the top seven items to carry in your truck at all times:

  1. Spare Tire: “Duh” you say. Well, of course, but along with that spare tire, make sure you’re bringing the jack and tire iron, too.

  2. Jumper Cables: If you’re ever stranded, a friendly driver will likely stop by and give you a hand, but they might not have jumper cables to get you going. Bring your own, just in case.

  3. Snacks: Do you have your favorite snack on hand? There’s nothing like an angry, hungry man or woman stuck in traffic. Make sure you keep hunger at bay with some granola bars and the like.

  4. Water: Don’t get caught dehydrated out on the road, especially not after a long day of work. Keep some water bottles stowed underneath the passenger seat just in case you get thirsty.

  5. Toll Money: We don’t know about you, but getting caught by a surprise toll on the highway makes all of us really upset. While it is not the end of the world, all of us would rather be able to pay our toll with some reserve coins rather than getting the dreaded toll-by-plate envelope in the mail.

  6. Emergency Items: Having an emergency reflector, a flare, and perhaps a first aid kit could come in handy if you’re ever stuck on an isolated patch of asphalt. These items are small enough to not cause a disturbance, so go get them.

  7. Pen & Paper: Despite being in the digital age, a good pen and paper can come in handy when you really need it. Think of all the times you were running late somewhere and forgot to take a pen with you. By keeping one or two in your truck, you’ll always be prepared.

There you have it, folks! The essential accessories any used trucks Orlando owner should keep in stock at all moments. These items will not only save your butt in a pinch, but they’re also very light and will not interfere with anything else you’ve got going in your truck. To see where you could fit these in our Gibson Truck World trucks, simply come to our lot on 3455 S. Orlando Drive in Sanford, or check out the inventory online.

How to Prepare Your Truck for Off-Roading

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Off-roading can be a heck of a lot of fun, and we wouldn’t blame you for taking any one of the sweet used trucks at the number one used trucks in Orlando dealership, Gibson Truck World, has for sale on your next outing. We’ve got plenty of trucks that can take a beating and make for an exciting day with your friends, but there are a few things you can do to give yourself the best chance at surviving a muddy situation.

Mud is the Enemy

Our goal is to get muddy, sure, but it is not to get stuck in the mud. If it’s ever happened to you, you know just how troublesome it can be getting out, especially if your truck is not equipped to handle it. This is why today we’re recommending you stay as far from the mud as possible.

Wheels & Tires

Again, we don’t want the mud to come in contact with the truck, if we can help it. Your best bet would be to purchase the tallest and widest tires that your truck can manage to make use of. These will give you as much traction available, while raising the rest of the truck from out of the mud. Find tires that are adequate for your truck’s horsepower, and keep tire pressure low to allow for greater surface area and traction. As for wheels, the lighter, the better; we want to be able to pull ourselves out from the mud easily.

Axles & Suspension

You’re going to need axles that are tough, can be equipped with gears that can spin tires deep in the mud, and that have high ground clearance to maintain as much distance from the mud as possible. As for your suspension, a soft-riding, long-travel suspension will be best as it can transmit more power to the ground where it is needed to push your truck out.

Interior

The inside of your truck is important as you will inevitably be getting mud all over it. You want something that is easy to clean and is durable. You can go as drastic as tearing out the carpet and replacing it with a few coats of paint or lining it with rubber mats, or you can simply get some waterproof seat covers and wipe whatever mess happens to get inside.

Preparing used trucks in Orlando owners off-roading is simple: a lot of trucks on Gibson Truck World’s lot will do! But if your intention is to get really aggressive out there, definitely keep our tips in mind, and find the truck that has the parts you’re looking for. Chat with a representative online, or give us a ring at 407-321-0660 if you want to know about the trucks we’ve got that are perfectly suited for your adventures.

Does the Color of Your Truck Matter?

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Believe it or not, it really does. The color of your truck can have a significant effect on its resale value, which is something to consider for every owner as nearly all used Ford trucks Orlando owners purchase will be sold once more. Do your best to refrain from purchasing your next truck until you’ve finished reading these Gibson Truck World tips!

It was only a few years ago that white was a color relegated to the bottom of everyone’s list, but boy, has that changed. White is now the most valuable color when it comes to resale value as it is seen as a “classic” color that comes with a lot of benefits. One such benefit is that it reflects more light (and thus heat) than any other color, which is a great thing in our Florida weather.

Colors that have the lowest resale value are orange, green, and gold. The reason that these don’t do well in the resale market is that they don’t have much appeal to any substantial market. They are neither sporty, such as a deep blue or rich red, nor are they popular like charcoal, silver, and black.

Another important, if less significant, factor is… bird poop. Now, we know this sounds silly, but hear us out. Scientific studies have discovered a trend: red cars get pooped on most. This is likely due to the alarm they cause birds as they fly over them. The next two most-affected colors are blue and black, so pick your color wisely! Bird poop can damage the lacquer on your paint job, ultimately decreasing your truck’s shine.

Lastly, color is important to consider when purchasing insurance. Your insurance cost can be $100 more for the brighter, sporty colors, such as red, because they are associated with risky behavior. Ultimately, driving history and other factors are more important, but this does play a role.

As you can see, the color of the used Ford trucks Orlando Gibson Truck World customers are purchasing is very important and worth considering when you make the big decision. We believe in choosing the truck you want, but do keep these tips in mind if you wish to have the upper hand when it comes to reselling your truck. To see all of the trucks we have, including finding the color that matches you, visit our lot on 3455 S. Orlando Dr. in Sanford today!

Truck Spotlight: 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT Leather Crew Cab 4X4

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The Chevrolet Silverado is a masterpiece of engineering, providing both elegant design and unperturbed performance. Sibling to Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year, the Chevrolet Colorado, this truck has definitely acquired some of its best features. For the best used Chevy trucks in Orlando, Gibson Truck World has got you covered. Let’s explore why today’s Truck Spotlight is so fantastic.

It’s mirror-like black paint job is a stunner and pairs perfectly with the chrome front bumper. The tires have great thread on them still left, keeping you going for many more miles. On the inside, you’ll find quality features, like the gorgeous black leather seating, cruise controls and steering wheel controls, and keyless entry. You have got to see it in person to realize how good of a personal and/or work truck this Silverado makes.

Here are some of the technical stats you should familiarize yourself with to get a good picture of just how great this truck is.

  • Engine: 8 Cylinders, 5.3L, Gasoline

  • Transmission: Automatic

  • Wheel Drive: 4×4

  • Mileage: 10,814

That’s right, this beauty is still under 11,000 miles! In the car and truck world, this truck is still a baby and functions like new. We have inspected it thoroughly, as we do all trucks, and have given it the ever-important road testing it needs to ensure it’s running smooth. But you don’t have to worry about any of that because we’re giving the proud owner of this Silverado our prestigious 12-month bumper-to-bumper warranty, meaning you’ll have one year of free maintenance and 15 full days to exchange it out. Furthermore, this truck still has a factory warranty good until late 2018 and a Powertrain warranty that lasts until 2020!

Come on down and see the work we’ve put into it directly from our shop’s report, and test drive it yourself. We encourage all customers looking to purchase used Chevy trucks in Orlando to visit the Gibson Truck World lot in person, and get to know all of the quality trucks we have on hand. We think this one could be for you, but you’d better hurry; our truck spotlights tend to go quick and for good reason! We’re conveniently located at 3455 S. Orlando Dr. in Sanford, but give us a call if you’ve got any questions for us at 407-321-0660.

How to Extend Your Truck’s Battery Life

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As is true for any vehicle: without the batteries in the used diesel trucks in Orlando, you’ll be getting nowhere fast. That’s why it’s important to do everything you can to maintain a healthy battery and extend its life as much as possible without having to replace it. These few tips provided by Gibson Truck World can help your battery survive for longer, saving you money and, potentially, from being stranded on a trip.

  • Watch the Temperature: Temperatures at the extremes, whether blazing hot as we get here in Florida, or freezing cold as our neighbors to the north experience, can be damaging to the longevity of a battery. Find an insulation kit to install on top of your battery to help it maintain the proper temperature the entire time.

  • Keep it Charged: Try not to drain your truck’s battery to the bare minimum, if possible. Draining can occur when your engine is off but the battery is still powering things in your car, such as your lights, a USB accessory, or playing the radio. Keep this draining at a minimum for a longer lasting charge.

  • Battery Charger: A good battery charger can come in really handy when you’re miles from civilization and your battery gets faulty. It can not only recharge your battery, but can also help remove sulfation from the battery, which occurs when the battery is not being fully recharged for an extended period of time.

  • Is My Battery Faulty? Batteries have a particular lifespan which is specified by its manufacturer. You can see when your battery was made by looking at the sticker on it, usually on top or on the side, which states the month and year for that particular battery. If you notice that your battery is not performing as it should based on where it is in its lifetime, then there must be another issue in your system.

Those were just a few tips helping you keep that battery going as long as possible. The way you treat your battery, and the rest of your truck, will have a lasting impact on its longevity. Gibson Truck World wants to make sure that the used diesel trucks in Orlando last as long as possible, which is why we stick to these good practices for our own trucks. If you want to learn more about how we treat our trucks, give us a call at 407-321-0660, or start chatting with an online representative right away.

Winches, Hitches, & Trucks, Oh My!

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Winches and hitches can help you get out of a messy situation in a pinch! Or anytime, really. Their purpose is simple: to pull things, such as a trailer, across the country or your friend’s truck out of the mud. They come in a variety of configurations that have their own pros and cons, which is why Gibson Truck World is here to explain it all! We’re going to help the owners of used Dodge trucks in Orlando decide what they should equip themselves with.

What is a Winch?

A winch is a piece of equipment that is installed on the front of your truck, behind the grill, above the bumper. Picture a cylindrical piece of metal with a strong cord wrapped around it, much like a toilet paper roll is wrapped in paper. This system has a motor which can wind and unwind the cord so that you may attach it to another truck or a post, essentially pulling yourself or the other person out of a tricky spot.

They come in two varieties: electric or hydraulic. The electric kind is easier to install and can be installed in more trucks because they run their motor off of the battery in your truck, simply requiring an electrical connection to it. The downside is that they could drain your battery very quickly, potentially leaving you worse off than when you started. A hydraulic winch, on the other hand, connects to the power steering pump of your truck, meaning they can run continuously without worrying about running out of juice in your battery. Their downside is that their installation is more complicated and limited to fewer trucks that meet specifications.

What is a Hitch?

Hitches are far more common than winches, and perform a related, yet completely different, function. They go in the back of your truck and work to pull items behind you. They can be installed aftermarket, and they come in different classes signaling different strengths. Class I hitches can pull about 2,000 pounds and have a tongue weight of 200 pounds, whereas Class V hitches can pull up to 18,000 pounds and have a tongue weight of 1,800 pounds. As you may have guessed, only certain trucks, like those in the heavy-duty class, can take advantage of the stronger hitches.

These truck accessories are superfluous for some, yet essential for others. The good thing is that if the used Dodge trucks in Orlando that you are looking at don’t have either of them, you can always get them installed after the fact. Luckily, many of the trucks in our Gibson Truck World lot already have these installed, making the decision much easier. If you want to take a look for yourself, visit us at 3455 S. Orlando Dr. in Sanford any day of the week.

Your Guide to Your Truck’s Headlights

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Headlights come in a few different varieties, all tailored for a specific job. They not only make your driving more secure, but they are required by law to be functioning at all times. Gibson Truck World is going to take a look at the differences in the headlights of the used diesel trucks in Orlando and show you how to spot any issues with them.

Headlight Varieties

  • Driving Lights: These are your standard lights for use day or night during normal weather conditions. They provide a narrow beam of light that is quite powerful and can illuminate the road far off into the distance. They are essential because you need to be able to see what you are approaching while at night, and other cars need to be able to see you, too.

  • Fog Lights: A fog light is to be used whenever there is thick fog surrounding you or if there is a lot of dust or snow obstructing your view. They are placed lower than your driving lights and can help illuminate objects closer to the ground, such as any debris on the road or any potholes.

Troubleshooting

You’ll want to pay attention to your headlights every so often and check if they are functioning properly. A malfunctioning headlight is not only a safety hazard but also cause for a ticket.

There are three possible stages of a light that is not functioning the way it should: a dimming stage, a flickering stage, and a dead stage. When the light is dimming, it means that either the bulb is dying out or that the plastic casing on the outside of the truck is dirty. Clean up the plastic or replace the bulb. At the flickering stage, your lights will be turning on and off inexplicably, which signals that the bulbs are at the brink of dying out and must be replaced immediately. Lastly, a dead bulb will emit no light, which means you have got to change them out right away for your own safety.

It’s important to stay on top of the condition of your headlights as they might fail when you need them most. Gibson Truck World works hard to ensure that the used diesel trucks in Orlando that we carry are all up to prime condition because they must pass our stringent inspections. If you want to check them out for yourself, we invite you to stop by our lot any day of the week at 3455 S. Orlando Drive in Sanford, or check out our inventory online!

Can a Used Work Truck Work for Personal Use?

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You’ve thought about picking up one of the many sweet used diesel trucks at Orlando’s number one dealership, Gibson Truck World, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you. But you should know that a used work truck can definitely suit you perfectly, but only if you know what you are getting yourself into. Let’s take a look at why a used work truck might be for you.

Used work trucks are different from your standard pickup because they were manufactured with the intent to primarily perform work duties, thus they have different features. One major factor is that work trucks typically tend to have the largest and strongest engine in their class because that is what makes sense in a work environment. You’ll typically find these trucks to be anywhere from a half ton to a heavy duty capacity, which means they are pretty powerful.

Furthermore, they will usually only be in standard cab or crew cab sizes, but not an extended cab. They might have extra functionality that you perhaps hadn’t thought of before, such as dumping capability, a utility bed, or another specialized feature. You should take note of the features that you think could be helpful for you and those which don’t matter to you at all when making your list of desired trucks.

As general advice, be sure to check the condition that your desired truck is in, since, often, work trucks have a long history. Some important things to check for are the mileage, the ability to test drive and inspect the truck, ask for the maintenance history, and any repairs that have been done. At Gibson Truck World, we make the purchasing process very easy by showing you all of that information and more. You want to have a good understanding of what condition your potential future truck is in.

So, what’s the answer? Yes, you can definitely get a used work truck for personal use and be very happy with it. When looking for a quality used diesel truck in Orlando, you’re going to want to do your research and become informed to purchase the truck that meets your needs and your budget. Gibson Truck World works very hard to make that process simple, so just give us a call today to get started. Our number is 407-321-0660 and our location is 3455 S. Orlando Drive in Sanford.

How to Pick the Best Gibson Truck for You

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Although trucks all come in one general shape, they come in a variety of different sizes. These differences reflect their ideal use and their strength, signaling whether they’re able to haul large loads or not. Gibson Truck World carries hundreds of trucks in stock at any given time, which means you’ll have no trouble finding a used Ford trucks in Orlando at the number one used trucks dealership. Here are some tips on how to pick the right one:

Size Guide

  • Small Trucks: You may be looking strictly for a small, compact truck to get around town and move a few things. In that case, you’re going to want to take a look at some of our older trucks, such as the Ford Ranger. These trucks can pull a trailer with a capacity of about 1,000 to 3,500 lbs. Most modern trucks are actually only being made in the midsize category, which may be bigger than what you are looking for.

  • Midsize Trucks: The modern midsize truck is pretty powerful, capable of towing up to 7,000, depending on the engine, allowing you to tow your boat, camper, or trailer with ease. They also come with an extended or crew cab, meaning more interior space for passengers.

  • Full-size Trucks: The Ford F-150 is the most popular model of full-size trucks, which are trucks that have a V6 or a V8 engine and can offer short and long beds. You’ll also have your choice of cab sizes to choose from. As far as the interior, most trucks can be customized and can be quite luxurious.

  • Heavy Duty Trucks: Heavy duty trucks are like their full-size counterparts but provide increased performance, often due to their diesel engines. They’re able to carry up to 7,000 lbs and tow 20,000, thanks to their stronger transmissions, suspension systems, and locking rear differentials, providing safe maneuvering of any trailer.

Now that you know what the types of used Ford trucks in Orlando look like, you’re going to have to choose the one that most closely fits your needs. Keep in mind that the larger trucks will have lower fuel economies, but will provide greater performance. If you need more help figuring out which truck is right for you, or if you simply want to see them in person, come by Gibson Truck World’s lot on 3455 S. Orlando Dr. in Sanford and have a look for yourself.

3 Major Reasons to Choose Gibson Over Our Competitors

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We pity the fools who go elsewhere for their used truck needs. Gibson Truck World is everything that’s right in the used trucks Orlando market; we provide great trucks at fantastic values, we implement and support outstanding warranties, and we serve our community with a passion. Don’t let the competition sweet talk you with their lies. Fool me once, right?

Quality Trucks

You’d think this would be obvious, but, in actuality, quality trucks are not defined by how good their paint job is; quality trucks look as good inside as they do out. You need a truck that is thoroughly tested to ensure performance and reliability. Don’t be fooled by flashy signs. A dealership that isn’t trying to scam you will gladly show you what they’ve done to service your truck before selling it to you.

Can They Stand Behind Their Truck?

We can, and with a smile, too. What makes us better than the rest is that we can easily and succinctly give it to you straight. Our trucks are sourced from only the best as we frequently reject trucks not worth your time or money. The ones we do take the time to bring to tip-top shape are often packaged with a great warranty. One of our favorites is our industry-leading 12-month bumper-to-bumper warranty, providing coverage of your vehicle’s servicing and maintenance for an entire year. Can you be sure the other guys will even be in business next year, let alone next month?

Community is Key

If we were to tell you that we value our community immensely, would you believe it? Given that over 60% of our customers are repeat or referral customers, we’ll let the numbers speak for themselves. Furthermore, Gibson has worked with community partners for years, investing in their success and helping local and national charities reach their goals. Our community means a lot to us. You mean a lot to us.

Gibson Truck World offers used truck Orlando buyers the ultimate experience, starting with great trucks, even better warranties, and an ever growing community. Come visit our lot in Sanford, or call us at 407-321-0660 this April 1st!