Why Buy a Truck? 3 Benefits To Driving One
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Trucks are one of the most popular vehicles to drive in the United States. And there’s nothing quite like riding down the highway in a Ford F-150!
Some people cite their preferences for trucks for a variety of reasons, including height off the road, convenience, and comfort level. But at our Ford dealership in Leavenworth, Kansas, we know that there’s no one specific reason to love driving a truck.
If you’re thinking about buying a truck, or perhaps you haven’t thought of it at all, our top three benefits of driving one may help you make up your mind about what you should trade in your used car for on your next visit to Zeck Ford.
Payload and Towing Capacity is Far Greater than an SUV
Maybe you have a boat that you haul to the lake on long summer weekends. Perhaps you pull a camper and take your family on road trips. Or maybe you’re planning to hitch up a trailer and take your horses on a trail ride away from home.
If you plan to haul loads with your vehicle, it’s in your best interest to opt for a pickup truck to do the work. While some larger SUVs may be capable (for example, the Ford Explorer has a decent towing capacity), your vehicle will last longer and be more pleasant to drive if that towing capacity is paired with a more capable engine and transmission than what is standard on most SUVs.
What happens when you tow a heavy load with an SUV that doesn’t have a capable tow package? While your SUV may be able to handle it for short trips on flat roadways, regular towing can wear out your transmission more quickly and put a strain on the other working parts and frame, too.
Drivers who tow trailers frequently tend to opt for a new Ford F-150 or F-250, simply because these vehicles are specifically designed to do the work. The Max Trailer Tow Package from Ford Motor Company is optional on the Ford F-150 XL, F-150 XLT, F-150 Lariat, F-150 King RanchⓇ, and F-150 Platinum.
The package includes:
- 3.55 electronic-locking rear axle (axle is changed to 3.73 electronic-locking differential if combined with the Heavy-Duty Payload Package, a great complement to the towing package)
- 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness
- 36-gallon fuel tank (not applicable on the 3.5L PowerBoost or 3.0L diesel engine)
- Class IV trailer hitch receiver
- Pro Trailer Backup Assist (except on the XL trim level; requires Tow Technology on XLT)
- Smart Trailer Tow Connector
- Integrated trailer brake controller
- Upgraded rear bumper
The Tow Technology Package is another necessary upgrade for people who pull trailers with their trucks. It’s available on the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum lines and includes:
- Pro Trailer Backup Assist
- 360-Degree Camera
- Trailer Reverse Guidance
- Trailer Brake Controller
- Smart Trailer Tow Connector
And if you’re afraid you’d miss out on the luxuries of your large SUV, don’t fret. The F-150 comes in so many trim lines that you’ll still find one with an interior that you love, like the Ford F-150 King Ranch, which is really quite special. The King Ranch has an all-leather interior, power everything, outstanding sound system from Bang & Olufsen, and dual-zone temperature control.
You’d also like the Platinum trim level, which is one of the most top-of-the-line trucks available from Ford. Find an F-150 like these at your local Ford dealership, Zeck Ford, in Leavenworth, Kansas.
More Flexibility for Cargo and Passengers
Long gone are the days of the two-door pickup truck with a bench seat. You can, of course, still get one like that, but larger cab options make a Ford F-150 perfect as a family vehicle. The Ford SuperCrew cab with four full-sized doors and seating for up to six is spacious and comfortable.
When you aren’t driving the whole family around, the backseats fold up to carry large cargo, like furniture, dog kennels, and more.
And if you travel with your family and their luggage? Stow suitcases and duffel bags in the bed of the truck, covered with a tonneau cover. The Zeck Ford parts department can get one installed on your truck; it’s guaranteed to fit, and the entire process is handled by professionals. A bed cover is an easy way to get more covered cargo space. The tonneau cover locks in place to keep your possessions safe.
The Ford F-150 Holds Its Value
Every vehicle depreciates in value, losing on average 60 percent of its value after the first five years. Some vehicles depreciate more slowly than others, though. The rate of depreciation largely depends on vehicle age, mileage, brand, bodystyle, condition, history of accidents, and the number of owners.
The Ford F-150 depreciates more slowly than many vehicles – and certainly more slowly than any other Ford – losing just 36 percent of the value of its purchase price after five years. This slow rate of depreciation makes a used F-150 or a 2021 Ford F-150 alike very smart purchases. When it’s time to trade in or sell your used car, you should expect to get a lot more money out of your used Ford F-150 than any other type of vehicle (except, say, super rare boutique brands like a MacLaren!).
Drive Off In Your Ford F-150 Today
Test drive a new Ford F-150 when you visit our Ford dealer location on South 4th Street in Leavenworth. You’ll find a variety of Ford trucks on our lot, plus gain access to those currently at our sister dealerships, too.
See our online inventory for our full selection of new Ford F-150 trucks, including the Ford F-150 XLT and the 2021 Ford F-150 King Ranch. One of our personal shoppers will help you choose your favorite, and you could take it home the very same day!
We can’t wait to see you at Zeck Ford!