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Tips for Buying Your Next Ford Light Truck

August 25, 2017

Tips for Buying Your Next Ford Light Truck

The Ford F-150 has established a reputation for not only being “Ford Tough”, but also being incredibly fuel efficient, dependable, and having remarkably smooth, in-city driving. Most online reviews on the 2017 F-150 specifically mention how this light-duty pickup excels over competition in comfort, exterior styling, interior design, and most importantly, in value for their money. In fact, consumers have rated the 2017 Ford F-150 4.9 out of 5.0 stars. The Ford F-150 has become one of the most sought-after vehicles today.

If you’re considering buying a new Ford truck, here are a few tips to make your car buying experience much easier and efficient, to ensure that you get the F-150 that is perfect for you and your needs.

Tip 1 – Get Pre-Qualified for Financing

One of the realities of purchasing a new vehicle is that most consumers need to finance their new car or truck. Although dependable Ford dealerships offer outstanding and affordable financing options, it’s always best to streamline the car buying process by getting pre-qualified by a local bank or credit union – especially one where you frequently conduct business. The best way to go about this process is to tell them how much you can afford per month and allow them to put together a financing package for you.

Tip 2 – Start your F-150 Search Online

Once you have an idea as to what you can afford, the next step is to find the right F-150. You’ll find that the F-150 is available in multiple trim levels, and has optional upgrades to fine-tune the vehicle to fit your desires. It’s best to narrow your online search down to three specific vehicles, so you can then visit the dealership and test drive them, making it easier for you to choose the right option that fits your needs and budget.  

Tip 3 – Determine if Going to Trade in Your Existing Vehicle

A great way to reduce your down payment is to trade in an existing vehicle to the dealership. Although many car consumers will argue that you will get more money by selling a used car privately, there are multiple things to consider. First, how quickly can you sell the used car? How are you planning to list the car for sale? What paper work do you need to file with the DMV to legally complete the sale? Can you trust the person buying the vehicle to have certified funds?

When you really break it down, the overall cost of selling a used car privately tends to bring down the value considerably. So, you might want to consider trading in the vehicle to the dealership to save time, and ensure you get good value for the vehicle.

Once you’ve completed these three easy steps, you’ll be ready to set up an appointment or visit your local Ford dealership to test drive your chosen vehicles. Make sure to bring your financing paperwork, proof of insurance, and driver license with you to the dealership so you can further expedite the purchase of the new Ford F-150, saving you time, money and frustration.

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