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Are Trucks Worth the Price?

Trucks are among the more expensive mass-market vehicles in the industry, but their value often outweighs the cost of the vehicle. Pickups have a proven track record as some of the longest-lasting vehicles on the road, after all. So, are trucks worth the price?

Are Trucks Worth the Price?Tough trucks, like the Ford F-150, offer impressive capability and performance that make them well worth the money for drivers that need to tow or haul cargo. That alone can make trucks worth their price to some drivers.

Even if you aren’t out to tow a trailer or haul bricks, a truck can still serve you well. Designed to withstand rough weather and hard work, trucks will last for years to come.

Advances in engineering and technology have reduced the cost to service a truck as well. As a result, you’ll pay a similar price to service a midsize sedan. Plus, trucks are getting more efficient, and their fuel economy continues to increase year after year.

As new technologies continue to become the standard, many automakers are integrating them into existing vehicles. Since trucks stand among the top three most popular vehicles in the industry, it’s only natural they come equipped with the latest features.

Check out the new Ford F-150 here at Highway Ford of DeRidder and discover why trucks are absolutely worth the price you pay for them.

Check Out These Shows and Movies with the Ford F-150

When you think about your favorite movies, you probably think about the actors involved. But, often a bit part of a movie is the cars the actors are driving. Add these shows and movies with the Ford F-150 to your watch list and see your favorite truck playing a big role.

  • Rest Stop. If you are into ridiculous, bloody horror movies, this 2006 film is worth a viewing. It went straight to video, but a yellow 1977 Ford F-150 has a creepy, starring role.
  • Team Knight Rider. This is a TV show that was based on the original Knight Rider franchise. It ran for one season in 1997 and was then cancelled. But, it features a great lineup of high-tech Ford vehicles, similar to KITT, including an F-150, Expedition, and Mustang, who all have feisty, talkative attitudes.
  • The Marine 4: Moving Target. In this American hero story, released in 2015, the main characters spend a lot of time driving a beefed-up Ford F-150.
  • Urban Cowboy. This classic film from 1980 starts John Travolta and Debra Winger, but also features a 1979 Ford F-150.
  • Friday Night Lights. This much-loved TV series ran from 2006-2011 and features lots of vehicles, but the F-150 is one of the main trucks used by the characters.

What is your favorite movie that stars the Ford F-150? You can come feel like a movie star yourself by driving home in your own F-150 right here at Highway Ford.

Ways to Help Military Personnel During the Holidays

No one should be alone during the holidays, but that’s often the case for military personnel and their families. Fortunately, Operation We Are Here is chock full of programs, ideas, and ways to help military personnel during the holidays.

Help Create a Thanksgiving Meal Basket

There are a variety of organizations that take part in creating Thanksgiving meal baskets for members of the military. You can take part by bringing non-perishable food items to a location near you. It’s always better to have more than enough food for Thanksgiving meal baskets than not enough.

Invite a Military Member Over for the Holidays

Inviting a member of the military to Thanksgiving dinner or to celebrate the Christmas cheer is a great way to say thank you and provide them with food and merriment. If that isn’t an option, see if a local soup kitchen, church, or other organization in your area is working to help military families this holiday season.

Adopt a Military Family

Not all military personnel can return home for the holidays, and that can make their deployment even tougher than it already is for everyone involved. Create a care package and send it to those deployed, or take part in Shoeboxes for Military Spouses, a program that does exactly what the name entails.

We here at Highway Ford hope you’ll take part in thanking those who serve our great nation.

2019 Ford Ranger Will Return to the States!

Ford Ranger 2012 20

We’re guessing that the 2019 Ford Ranger will have some similar feature to the 2012 European version, shown here.


If you’re not excited yet, you should be: Ford has announced the Ford Ranger pickup will return to the United States in 2019. So start packing for your next big adventure now, because the 2019 Ford Ranger is sure to deliver all the rugged capability you’ll need to press on when the main road ends and the backcountry begins. This ultra-versatile truck is sure to be a massive hit for the adventurous, the brave, the curious, and those who simply love a good time.

 

Still available in pretty much every market besides North America, details about the new 2019 Ford Ranger are still emerging. It seems quite clear, though, that the new Ranger—set to be built in Ford Michigan assembly plant and sold in the US—won’t be the same as the Ranger currently available elsewhere in the world. For now, all we can do is speculate about what a North American Ranger will look and feel like.

 

All Ford has confirmed is that the American Ranger will get its own “front styling, engines, and features.” And while this might seem like very little to get excited about, the prospect of a newly reengineered Ford Ranger is a lot to look forward to. In the meantime, stop by Highway Ford and stay in the know as more details emerge about the 2019 Ford Ranger.

Fall 2017 DeRidder Football Schedule

The DeRidder High School football team is back in action for the fall 2017 season! The DeRidder Dragons will play nine games from September through November, so don’t forget to come out to the games at home and support your local sports teams.

DeRidder had its first home game against Washington-Marion of Lake Charles last week, and the next game will take place at Jennings High School in Jennings. The game after that will be another away game, this one at Natchitoches Central High School in Natchitoches.

The Dragons’ next home game is on September 29, against Pickering. There are three home games left in the season after this one, including the last game on November 3, providing plenty of opportunities for fans to go out and watch a game in DeRidder. The other games of the season will take place in Tioga and Buckeye.

At Highway Ford, we’re proud to be part of a community that’s so supportive of its local sports teams like the DeRidder Dragons. Find out more about the season here, and check out the merchandise available so you can show off your DeRidder pride, look at the roster, and much more. Have a great season, team.

Best Off-Road Truck Trails in Louisiana

If you own a 4×4 truck, one of the best things to do is to take it off-road and see what it can really do. However, you have to make sure you go to the right place. More importantly, you need to make sure your truck is equipped to handle the type of trail you want to head out on. Here are some of the best off-road truck trails in Louisiana for your consideration.

  • Catahoula Recreation. This off-road adventure in Sicily Island is open by appointment only. There are frequent off-road events throughout the year, including the Louisiana Club Challenge September 22nd-24th.
  • Kisatchie National Forest. Head to this beautiful national forest just an hour and a half northeast of DeRidder and enjoy some fun off-roading. Be sure to check online for the status of certain trails and follow all rules and regulations.
  • Louisiana Mudfest. This 300-acre park located in Colfax always offers visitors a great time. In addition to hard-core mudding, they have music events and more. Be sure to add their Trucks Gone Wild event to your calendar for September 28th through October 1st.

If you need a new off-road truck, come see what the impressive Ford F-150 has to offer at Highway Ford.

Best Road Trips from DeRidder

A family road trip is something every American should experience at least once in their lives. There are quite a few road trips from DeRidder that can make this summer great. The 2017 Ford Escape is the perfect crossover to take along for the drive. The latest model earns up to an EPA-estimated 29 highway mpg, making it perfect for a day trip*. Check out the latest model today at Highway Ford.

Rip Van Winkle Gardens

Rip Van Winkle Gardens stretches across 20 acres and is just a two and a half hour drive from DeRidder. The Joseph Jefferson Home sits on the property. Home to the acclaimed actor, it was built in 1870 and is currently on the National Register of Historical Places. The gardens draw their name from Jefferson’s role as Rip Van Winkle in theater.

Kistachie National Forest

Kistachie National Forest traverses seven parishes and more than 600,000 acres of land. The natural beauty and purest form of Mother Nature makes it a popular attraction. Best of all, it’s only an hour and 45 minutes from DeRidder.

Avery Island

Have you ever wondered where Tabasco sauce comes from? As it turns out, you can visit the very place. Avery Island is just shy of a three hour drive from DeRidder.

Chico State Park

Chico State Park covers more than 6,400 acres of hills and water in Southern Louisiana. Lake Chicot is a popular spot for fisherman year after year. Pack your gear in the Ford Escape! Chico State Park is just a 90 minute drive from DeRidder.

Best Barbecue Recipes for Summer

 

Summer is the perfect time to fire up your grill and do some barbecuing, and what better way to do it than with the internet’s favorite barbecue recipes? From hearty meat dishes to vegetarian options to food from around the world, there are all kinds of recipes to explore this summer beyond burgers.

For the meat lovers, there’s a whole world of fun, unique recipes to try, like these Sweet Cola Ribs on Food Network’s website and this smoked salmon recipe. Try out Bobby Flay’s pork loin with Belgian Ale marinade or these unique ribs with peach barbecue sauce.

Meat isn’t the only thing you can grill, though. Really you can grill just about anything, even fruit! Grilled peaches and pineapples get a beautiful char that brings out all that sweet flavor, while a grilled banana caramelizes into gooey perfection, and pears and cantaloupe can be grilled and added to decadent desserts.

Of course, everyone likes a good side dish. Potatoes are always a favorite—new potatoes cook up perfectly for potato salads—and eggplant can be grilled and put on sandwiches or blended up for baba ganoush. Asparagus, squash, peppers, and mushrooms—make a grilled veggie salad or pop them on skewers with a few bites of chicken or steak!

Finally, the grill is perfect for putting a tasty char on pita bread or naan to make a fresh, summery Greek salad sandwich or a great dipper for your curry. Whatever you’re looking to throw on the grill this summer, there’s a recipe for you!

For ideas about transporting your grill for tailgating or camping, storing food in your car, and more, give us a call at Highway Ford or check out our website!

Best Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck

Reasons to Buy a Pickup Truck

Americans love pickup trucks. In fact, the Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle, not just truck, in the country. If you need some convincing on why you should join the truck club, here are five reasons to buy a pickup.

  1. Move some stuff. If you ever have to move something while owning a truck, you will wonder how you ever managed before. Throw whatever you can fit into the back of your truck and repeat until you’re finished.
  2. Get some cool accessories. Trucks are some of the best vehicles when it comes to accessories. Buy a tent that connects to your truck bed, get some unique seat covers, or add some roof rails.
  3. Tow heavy things. The 2017 Ford F-150 can tow up to 10,500 pounds; that equals a mighty big boat or trailer. Heavy-duty trucks can handle even more than that.
  4. Drive through rough terrain. When you opt for the four-wheel drive version of a pickup, you will get some rugged capabilities that can help get you through deep snow, thick mud, and uneven gravel.
  5. Get the respect you deserve. People will treat you differently based on the car you drive and when you drive a pickup, people will see you as confident and down-to-Earth.

If you want to get these and many other benefits, come test drive a great Ford truck at Highway Ford today.

Your Guide to Truck Cab Types

Truck Cab Types

If you’re in the market for a new truck, you’ve probably noticed that there are so many different options to choose from. But one of the most important is which cab style you want. Here we’ll outline the truck cab types you’ll come across when shopping for your new truck. Perhaps a Ford F-150?

Regular Cab

The Regular Cab style has two doors and a single row of seating. It’s perfect for carrying or towing large loads with a maximum towing capacity of 12,200 pounds when properly equipped.

SuperCab (Extended Cab)

The SuperCab, or extended cab, comes with 4 doors and two rows of seats, doubling the rider capacity of the Regular cab. The SuperCab is ideal if you want more enclosed storage space than the Regular Cab, but not quite as much legroom for backseat passengers like the SuperCrew.

SuperCrew® (Crew Cab)

The SuperCrew, or Crew Cab, style is ideal for carrying both people and their stuff. Not unlike the SuperCab, it has four doors and can seat six. There is a slightly shorter bed, but a much more comfortable ride for your passengers.

If you’re interested in shopping for your next truck, make sure you stop by Highway Ford in DeRidder, LA today!

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