Here at DePaula Ford, we have a large selection of pre-owned Ford trucks for you to test-drive. Being located in upstate New York in the Albany capital region, we’re tested with long, cold winters where a strong well-made truck is a necessity to get through those unbearable months. We’re also blessed with a lot of back country roads where a reliable pick-up truck comes in handy and we are surrounded by numerous small business owners that require a pick-up truck for their equipment.
Why should you choose a pre-owned Ford F-150 truck from us? In one word: reputation. It’s not just the most popular full-size pickup truck out there: the Ford F-150 is the most popular vehicle sold in the U.S. This type of reputation as the sales king adds to the allure of the F-150, since buyers will associate those huge sales numbers with quality. This particular Ford truck model has earned its long, well-regarded status. It is the quintessential American truck. It’s been outselling competitors for decades by sticking to a tried-and-true formula of selling itself as a tough workhorse with a simple clean design.
When It All Began
This fine reputation comes from a long history of selling this particular vehicle. It began during the post-World War II era and since then millions of vehicles have been sold. During the time that it’s starred in this category, it’s morphed from a rugged, no-frills workhorse to today’s well-appointed, versatile rig with numerous trim levels. It now caters to a wide range of shoppers, including weekend warriors who need room for the family and the occasional trip to the hardware store, to small business owners, off-road aficionados, and urban cowboys.
The full-size pickup segment is so competitive these days that you’ll need to do your research to pick the one that’s right for you. If you find a used F-150 pick-up truck on our lot, you’ll discover that it has a lot of cutting-edge features like turbocharged engines and the MyFord Touch electronics interface. Ford engineers are constantly updating and upgrading this popular truck with countless configurations and incredible popular features. Depending on the year that you find, you’ll enjoy different technology. For example, the F-150 received a major overhaul in 2004 gaining two extra inches and making it look larger and taller. During 2004-2008, the vehicle gained in its safety ratings. No matter what, you’re guaranteed to find a pre-owned model on our lot that meets your needs.
Luxury Trim Packages
Pre-owned Ford F-150 trucks are one of the top used model brands. They have developed a reputation as a durable vehicle that will easily make the 200,000-mile mark for its owners. If it’s in your budget, you’ll be pleased to see that the Ford F-150 comes in a variety of luxury trim packages such as King Ranch, Lariat, and Harley-Davidson. If you opt for any of these models you’ll receive strong power and excellent fuel economy from their turbocharged gasoline V6 engines; an increased payload to carry all of your gear and tools, towing and off-road capabilities for weekend play dates; lit step bars, two-tone paint options, and a long list of advanced comfort, convenience and safety technologies.
When looking through our lot at used Ford F-150 pick-up trucks, you’ll notice that many of them are in pristine condition. That’s because small business owners use them as work vehicles where they generate high mileage but also are kept in top shape because the driver depends on the vehicle for their livelihood.
You’ll want to ask our sales managers in-depth questions about the used Ford F-150 and get its CarFax data. You’re probably going to be looking at two different variations of the truck. Either it was purchased as a work truck and pushed to its limits of towing, hauling, and off-highway performance. Or the Ford F-150 will have been on a lease, in which case it will post lower miles and complete maintenance records.
Questions to Consider
But before you decide to purchase a pre-owned Ford F-150 pick-up truck from us, ask yourself a few important questions. Do you really need a truck? If you and your family often haul heavy cargo, such as lumber, camping equipment, or building supplies, a pick-up truck is a perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. Are you a Boy Scout leader that often has to trailer your troop’s camping equipment? If so, a pick-up truck will be able to handle that job. Are you into off-roading? A pre-owned Ford F-150 Raptor has been praised by its owners as the King of the Off Road and will allow you to careen over rocky terrain or blast through river bottoms. Its upgraded suspension and increased ride height gives you the ultimate off-road experience with its capability and control.
The second question to ask is this: do you really need a truck? You’ll need to take a close look at SUV models to compare the data on each vehicle. Do you have a certain towing capacity for a boat that only a truck can handle? Are you bringing along water toys, such as jet skis and rafts for your family? Have you opened your own small business, such as plumbing, home remodeling, or lawn care that will require a truck to carry your tools and supplies?
What’s your budget and what features do you require? You’ll notice on our lot in Albany that many of our used Ford F-150 pickup trucks come in a variety of trim levels and features. The cost of these vehicles can vary widely. Decide how much you can afford before your visit. Shoppers on a tight budget might find themselves limited to earlier models simply due to age and condition, rather than the trucks’ actual design or features.
Will you put in the necessary research to determine which pre-owned Ford F-150 is right for you? Each year, Ford engineers refresh the vehicle and add new features. It’s imperative that you research the different models and decide which features you need. For example, the 2011 model year added some new engine options to the lineup, including an efficient turbocharged V6. Look into the Ford F-150’s vehicle history and see if there were any recalls or issues associated with that particular year.
Another important area to study is its safety test results. On average, safety ratings are strong for these used Ford trucks. From 2009 through 2012, the Ford F-150 earned mostly four-star and five-star ratings on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests. The F-150 also earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in every year but 2010.
Come visit DePaula Ford, today!
We invite you to visit our lot to see our pre-owned Ford F-150 trucks and see which one might be right for you and your family. Pre-owned might give you that extra capacity that you need for a growing family, and it might provide the impetus as you begin your own business, or it might be the perfect weekend toy to join your off-road buddies in the hills and woods around the Albany area. At DePaula, you can trust our dealership and our sales staff to help you make the best decision.