Whether purchasing a new or used F150 truck, ultimately you will want to get the most out of your investment. Besides keeping your vehicle faithfully maintained and serviced regularly, there are more things you can do to add value and usability to your truck. The following is a list compiled of aftermarket parts that will not only add significance but also overall usefulness to your vehicle. When it’s time to trade-in or resell, all of these accessories add value to the truck. Or they can be removed and used on your new vehicle.
All-Weather Floor Liners or Mats It doesn’t matter if you live in the mountains or down by the beach, you are going to track dirt, sand, and mud into your vehicle. And if you intend to use this as a work vehicle, all the better; cleaning up dirt and grime is a lot easier when it is contained to these remove-able mats. They are easy to take out and either sweep or rinse off. There are many types to choose from including custom-fit, universal fit, and specialized for those wanting a personalized touch. They can be purchased at any box store or custom ordered from a specialty company.
Tonneau Cover If you are trying to utilize most of your F150 exterior storage, look no further. You can utilize the entire bed of the truck and feel comfortable being able to cover and lock the cover into place with safety and peace of mind. With options that come in soft, hard, and flexible covers, there is one to fit your vehicle, style, and budget. And best of all, most are designed to be weatherproof. They are easy to install and remove with just two people and most are fairly lightweight and are easy to store.
Window Deflector/Vent Visors Offer protection from the rain and wind while being able to have your windows down to circulate air. Various types offer the option of having SPF sun protection as well. It’s a very basic aftermarket part, but it should not be underestimated what a relief it is to be able to leave your windows cracked during a heavy summer rain and not have your seats ruined.
Seat Covers It doesn’t matter what the climate is where you are at, heat and cold both can damage leather and synthetic leather materials used in seat covers. Not only are they at risk for damage due to extreme temperatures, but let’s be honest, this is a work truck. It’s meant for work that can include being exposed to dirt, chemicals, and other nasty things. Removable seat covers are the way to go. Some are designed to last years, while others may need to be removed and laundered more frequently.
Rubber Bed Mat For fully utilizing the F150 exterior storage, you’re going to need a bed mat. Moving equipment, furniture, and tools can take their toll on the inside lining of your truck bed. It’s better to have a mat to keep these items from scratching and damaging your truck. This is one of the most important and useful purchases as it prevents damage that could require expensive repairs. This is also an easy-to-clean accessory that usually will just require a broom and/or hose to cleanout.
Hitches and Towing Accessories Whether you use these accessories for hooking up to recreational toys for a fun weekend or it’s being used to haul equipment for work, make sure to consult with the owner’s manual regarding weight capacities and limits. The equipment itself may be able to handle the weight load, but your truck may not!
Utility Toolbox/Truck Bed Organizer There are many different sizes, styles, and designs to be compatible with your specific truck. Some are specifically made to be used with or without a tonneau cover, so that is always an option. Besides the fact that you will be extremely efficient and organized with the built-in tool trays. And more specifically, if you do use this without a locking tonneau cover, most have their own locking systems built into the toolbox.
Side Stepbar/Running Boards If you are someone that is on and off the job site, or someone who is just in and out of your vehicle constantly, I recommend a side step bar or running boards (especially if you are on the short/petite side). Both attach fairly easily to the vehicle and make it easier to get in and out of the vehicle in a hurry.
There are a couple of items that are very useful to have that may not stay on your vehicle at all times.
- Backrack Headache Rack: When using without the tonneau cover you can use it for moving pretty much anything. It is designed to keep your back windows intact and with it easy to install is great when needing to be able to tie down heavy items as well. It’s especially useful if you are someone who carries equipment like ladders which are very easy to secure.
- Plow: This is something that varies from location to location. If you live in a region that gets snow, it’s a great idea to have a plow attachment for winter. If you live in a rural farm area, it is an actual necessity to have. In the more populated areas, you could turn this into a lucrative part-time gig.
It is a matter of preference with most of the products listed having a wide range of price points. Depending on how much you would like to pay versus how long you intend on keeping your vehicle is a good place to start when doing comparisons. Above all else be diligent about doing your research on products. Many new stores cater entirely to truck aftermarket parts such as the ones mentioned they are always a good place to start with generally very enthusiastic salespeople.