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Your pickup truck has seen you through tough times and even tougher terrain, but every relationship has to come to an end sometime. If you’ve been wondering when to trade in your keys, here are a few signs that can tell you when it’s time for a new truck. 


Your needs from a truck are changing 


Trucks are not one-size-fits-all; some accommodate rough terrains or heavy-hauling needs, while others prioritize accessibility, fuel economy, and city driving. As your life circumstances change, you may find that your current pickup isn’t well-suited anymore. For example, a rear-wheel drive that is perfect for carrying heavy loads in Houston may not offer the same great handling as four-wheel drive during Missouri winters. If your vehicle is increasingly utilized by the entire family, you may find yourself preferring a truck which includes four doors and a full-sized backseat 


Repairs cost more than the vehicle is worth


Your truck needs repairs, but at what cost? Consider it a red flag if your mechanic has started to spend more time with your truck than you do. 


Before investing the time and money to fix an old truck, you will want to check how much your vehicle is worth through resources such as Kelley Blue Book. Ask your mechanic about the cost of repairs and maintenance your truck will need both now and throughout the next year. If the cost of current and upcoming repairs and maintenance is higher than the value of your vehicle, it may be time to trade in your old ride for a better alternative. 


Your truck lacks technology upgrades and key safety features


Companies like Ford keep innovating new ways to improve the driving experience. For example, the soon-to-be-released 2021 Ford F150 offers St. Louis drivers helpful features like Pro Trailer Backup Assist, the Lane Keeping System, and Hill Descent Control. Such technologies can improve peace of mind when hitting the road with your family. If your dated truck lacks these safety-enhancing features or helpful additions like an infotainment screen, consider test-driving a newer model to experience firsthand what you’re missing. 


Your truck is on its last legs 


You hear scraping noises when you brake. You see thick smoke coming from your tailpipe. And it’s only a matter of time before pieces of your rusting truck fall off during your drive. If this sounds like your current situation, there’s no time like the present to make the switch to a newer truck!


An unsafe vehicle is a danger not only to you and your passengers but to everyone else on the  road. If you are at all worried about the safety of your truck, that means it’s time to buy a new one. 


Bo Beuckman Quality Ford 

Bo Beuckman Quality Ford is the leading provider of new and used Ford cars, SUVS, and trucks, serving Ellisville and the Greater St. Louis area. Check out our online inventory of new and pre-owned Ford vehicles to find a great deal on your next pickup truck. 


If you have determined that it’s time for you to purchase a new pickup truck, give us a call at 636-242-1409 or stop by our dealership to schedule a test drive. 

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