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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-12-13, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
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2013 F-150? Yay or Nay?

Hello folks, I have a friend who lives in Utah, and he has his own painting company, and naturally he is looking for a truck. Currently he owns an E-Series Van, which is clunky and ugly.

My question to you all is F-150 or F-250? And if not the 2013, which year used do you highly reccomend. I will be out there visiting with him next weekend, so I will likely take him to look at what they have in their inventory, new or used. Your feedback is much appreciated.


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Re: 2013 F-150? Yay or Nay?

As a service tech and used both for work, I'll list some pro's and con's, from there, it's personal choice and budget.

Van Pro's: more room under cover
- easy to put shelving
- better organization
- better protection for equipment

Con's - stinky, especially for a painter, you're product is in the same space as the driver
- Take forever to warm up and cool down
- Limited in length you can carry unless it's on top, and then it's a pain in the butt to deal with
- Major pain to do maintenance on

For a truck, pretty much reverse my list.

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Re: 2013 F-150? Yay or Nay?

The F series are pick ups, not vans. So, as I read the blog, the choice is between a light duty or heavy duty P/U.

Since this is essentially a work truck, choose the best tool for the job. The F-150's cost less, similarly equipped, will get (slightly) better mileage and has sufficient GVW for a painter.

It usually makes economic sense to purchase a well cared for one or two year-old vehicle, but the used vehicle advantage slims when you consider the sales tax and depreciation "write off" for business purposes.
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Shoulda read it closer, Bajarider's right.

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