Shopping for a new pickup truck? It's pretty important to include these things that you may tend to overlook when you are anxious to strike a deal and drive away with that new rig. You can always add some after-market toys and dress up your truck to suit your personality, but I am talking about some essentials that you might otherwise think you really don't need. I am hoping that after you read this article, that you will understand the reason why you should not overlook certain features.
Choosing the right make and model may not be an easy decision for you, but it actually will seem easy once you consider the following things you should say yes to in truck components. First, you may use your truck for your job or not have a family, so you may automatically think you should save money and wouldn't need back seats. This is a big mistake, especially in the aspect of when the time comes to trade in or sell your present truck. Resale value is considerably less for a truck with no back seats. Your immediate competition is the quad and extra cabs available currently, making it more difficult to sell a single cab truck. There will be times when you will want to secure things in your locked pickup instead of your open bed truck, making back seats very desirable. If your truck is your only mode of transportation, you may, at times, have more than one other passenger, in which case those extra seats would be very helpful.
Don't skimp on the huge mirrors. Extra large or trailering mirrors improve your visibility by improving sight lines when towing. If you are buying a full-size pickup truck, these very large mirrors become a necessity rather than a luxury, regardless of whether or not you plan on doing any towing. These larger mirrors extend further away from the truck body and can be easily folded in if you need to enter a narrow garage or work space.
Also in regards to visibility, since modern pickups are getting larger all the time, it's a very good idea to have a back-up camera. Most times it saves money and install time later if you have a camera installed either when ordering your truck or before picking it up at the dealership. Just make sure the screen is an adequate size and that the camera quality is good. A small screen with mediocre visibility will not accomplish your goal of seeing your surroundings when backing up. The last thing you want to do is misjudge people or space behind you, especially if you are not used to driving a bigger truck. No one wants to deal with insurance claims and down time for truck repairs from an accident that could have been avoided.
You may think that if you have USB power outlets for charging your cell phone or tablet, you're all set. Many newer pickups offer 110-volt outlets that resemble the same power outlet for your TV or laptop. I strongly urge you to make sure your truck has one or two of these. You never know when you may need the additional power source whether you are at work on a job site or just in your own driveway. There is nothing worse than wishing you had these when you actually need them and never got them. It is best to think ahead.
Towing a boat, camper or utility trailer may be the furthest thing from your mind, but this is yet another clear-cut case where thinking ahead will allow you to easily change your mind once you see what your truck is able to do. Having a hitch and trailer-brake controls installed before buying your truck is easier and will save you a bundle if you have it done from the factory as opposed to adding them later. It is much more expensive to add heavy-duty suspension and hitches required for towing after you've purchased your truck, not to mention much more difficult, hence the escalated price.
I personally recommend all trucks should have side steps, regardless of how easy you feel it is to get into your truck. Other passengers may not have as easy a time of it, particularly with 4-wheel drive pickups that have slightly higher ground clearance. This item is easier to purchase and add after you bring your truck home. I could help you with that, plus many other add-on items to personalize your truck at truckworldaccessories.com It would be my pleasure to help you customize your ride, so come check me out. I hope you have found my suggestions to be helpful. Please share with your friends and "Like" this article.
I am a NYS licensed Auto Damage Appraiser, CSE certified, I-Car Certified, and have worked in the automotive industry for decades. I've had the opportunity to teach auto body repair to misled kids in a classroom setting, giving them a chance to have a trade for a viable income. I found this very rewarding. Previously, I was all about the American muscle cars of the 60's. Now, I find pickup trucks and the way they have evolved to be my fascination and focus. I truly enjoy hearing from fellow pickup truck enthusiasts, so stop in to http://www.truckworldaccessories.com and leave a comment on my website or any of my truck blogs or articles.
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