MrTruck presents: “Why your son or daughter’s First car should be a truck,” A guide to safety. presents: The Truth about Trucks Series!

Expect an accident. But give your children an edge to help with the fender benders. It’s a great responsibility and a very exciting moment, driving for the first time. There is a lot to learn about Anti-Lock Brakes, air bags, defensive driving and distractions.

About the author:

H. Kent Sundling alias “MrTruck” spent twenty years wearing out pickup trucks like only a farmer could. With over 1,000,000 miles pulling trailers, MrTruck has a unique collection of truck and farm stories that will educate and entertain. MrTruck gave up his bib overalls and John Deere’s, in his quest to save the farm “AD” (after the divorce) he moved to the big city, (Denver) to sell trucks. Now almost 10 years later he’s still selling trucks and helping folks buy the right one.


E-books, especially ones published by individuals are more to the point with less fluff. I want to give you value and not waste your time. If I published through the “big guys”, I would have to expand and give you more pages. It would be the same material, just longer reading. Enjoy the book and I hope it helps you get the “right truck.”

1. I was glad my sons and myself learned to drive on the farm.
2. A pickup holds very few friends.
3. What will they use to move to college?
4. A pickup could be their second vehicle for decades.

Copyright 2001 H. Kent Sundling and all rights reserved including digital rights.

#1 My sons learn to drive.

I remember when I was 10 years old driving tractors, our “53” Ford F250 and then on to the 2-ton “47” Chevy truck. Clutches were fun. Dad called my learning curve, “ jackrabbit starts.” There were a few times when we hauled bales from the field, I was driving, dad and my brother were loading the bales as I drove along with the “Graves bale loader.” Some of my, “jackrabbit starts,” flipped my brother off the back of the truck 7 bales high! He was not happy with his little brother. This might have been one of the reasons I went to big round bales when I had the farm, along with sandburs, cockleburs and rattlesnakes stuck in the little bales. But I was glad I learned to drive on the farm with all the room in the pasture to practice. My sons learned to drive in the same pastures and fields as me. They discovered the same things about clutches. I think I yelled at them the same as my dad. We all want our kids to be safe and driving is a very dangerous thing. Especially when we are young and prone to showing off. My boys followed me in the small pickups, (Ranger, Mazda,) behind the tractor and baler. This makes the top speed of 18 MPH following a tractor, a good speed to learn and daydream. Some of the dirt road hills did test the clutch skills and “jackrabbit starts.” A few times of turning corners seamed challenging, watching the boys drive straight into the ditch instead of the turn. Watching my boys drive the “77” Chevy dually, was always fun. It took both of them to push in the clutch just to start it. The ole Chevy had a 4.55 rear axle ratio, so it did take off well. But I use to love to watch my boy’s heads bob up and down above the steering wheel as they pushed in the clutch. They next battle was my oldest son’s 70 Malibu. The gears were very close and 1rst gear was hard to find, but he did find all the gears especially the go fast one.

#2 A pickup holds very few friends.

Especially a regular cab truck, with only three seat belts, makes it hard to fill it full of friends. Not to mention no back seat, which can create all kinds of havoc. Trucks don’t usually have the top speed of a muscle car. I know from experience that no matter how many speeches you give your kids, they try to find the cars top speed when given the chance. That might explain why my dad bought a V-6 in my first car instead of a V-8. I managed to get that car to 90 MPH though! As mentioned earlier my oldest son’s Malibu, after he found all the gears, reached the top end once or twice. After that he had to save up his money for a new engine. But the cars my sons had, seem to hold their whole class! I don’t understand it. But a pickup especially one with a floor shift held a lot less friends.

#3 The College move.

And the move from college dorm to apartment to apartment and someday a house is were the truck has no equal. I lost track of how many times we moved before our second son was born. Your children can also be very popular with a truck and the ability to help their classmates with college events. You’ve all heard the company “Two Students and a Truck." There you go, the part time job, besides delivering papers, pizza and the lawn mower. The insurance cost is generally lower for a pickup than a muscle car and it looks better than a 4 door family car to their friends.

#4 The truck that lasts forever.

If your children don’t trade off their trusty truck, it could last for you grandchildren. I have had some 30-year-old trucks. Pickup trucks are a body on frame construction. The frames hold the body together, give it strength and contain the impact in an accident. The sheet metal is usually thicker on a truck than a car. Also the resale is better for a truck than a car. I recommend a full size truck, (Ford F150, Dodge 1500, GM 1500, Toyota Tundra,) this size gives you the protection and capacity. If your kids keep the truck, they are always needed for hauling carpet, appliances, wood, garage sales, and lawn mowers. Oh hey, they could bring their lawn mowers over to your house when you are too old to mow or at least when you are retired and running around in your RV.

Just for safety reasons, the pickup trucks generally are taller above the crowd of cars, giving you better visibility and an advantage in an accident. In the big city where I live now, I see kids constantly in accidents. It’s not an easy task driving and growing up. I wish all kids could learn in the pasture that I did. MT

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You can also call these folks to get a monthly interest free payment plan called “Pay As You Go Program.” Warrantybynet starts your warranty when you enroll with them, not the in-service date, (when the vehicle was first titled,) like your friend the dealership finance manager generally uses. Look at it as you would your health insurance, hope you don’t need it but tickled when the hospital brings in the best doctors because you have the best insurance!

And that’s my opinion of ten years in the auto business wondering why everybody is some kind of a manager in the auto business, who makes a commission when they smile and shake your hand. Me I’m just a “good ole country boy trying to make good “ in the city and save the farm! I recommend what I believe in. Back when I was still farming and ranching, I used to go to Denver and help my friends buy trucks from the “Sharks” late on Saturday night at the end of the month. Most of the sales people you meet are regular people, but things get interesting when they bring you their “manager.”

I was looking to buy a 2000 used Taurus from a new car dealership I work with. The Taurus had 29,000 miles on it. I priced the best-extended warranty I could buy from the manufacture for 6 years 100,000 miles. The dealer cost was higher from the manufacture with $50 deductible than the quote I got from Warrantybynet with $0 deductible and the same coverage! I’m convinced; go ahead take a test drive.

“The Truth about Auto Loans. Always get the Money First!”

I’ve sold trucks to folks through my Internet business that brought me this Internet loan package. They had a better interest rate than I could get them if I could even get them financed at all! Now this looks interesting. Applying for credit before you buy. It’s like walking in with Cash! I had to learn more. This online loan center is Great! They have the lowest rates, the fastest approval time, and it’s so simple. In fact I just applied through them. They approved me for an auto loan on the Memorial Day weekend when the rest of the banks were closed!

Let the Internet do the work it was designed to do. Save you Time and Money! You will know right away, your rate and payment. This is the fastest and easiest auto loan process I have seen in 10 years in the auto selling business. You know how good your credit is, you deserve a better rate then your local bank wants to give you and why sit down there in their lobby and wait to see a banker. Get the best rate in the comfort and privacy of your home. You are in control. After all it is your money, you are paying for it!

“Just take it home today, we’ll deal with the bank. Don’t worry about it. We do this all the time!”

Dealers like to “Hook You,” into thinking you are approved for a loan and then after you show your new vehicle to all the neighbors, they call you. And guess what, they can “Get you Financed,” with more down or a higher payment! The other side is they send you home in your new vehicle when they know they can’t get you financed. Then they call you to tell you how hard they worked but that “darn ole bank” just wouldn’t budge! Now they Have to charge you that famous $.25 a mile and $25 a day while they were “working so hard for your loan.”

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Not great credit, re-establish your Credit, without paying Too Much for the Truck. Don’t get screwed Twice by the dealer! With Zero Down! If there is financial sadness in your past, you are Not Alone! Hey I bought my farm in the late 70’s when everything was going up, survived the 80’s wheat embargo with Russia, when everything was going down, wheat dropped from $5.00 a bushel to $2.00, then got divorced in the 90’s, had to move to Denver to try to save the farm again. Believe me I Know Financial Sadness! If you go to a typical auto dealer, they will view you as fresh meat! They think you are a Big Gross Profit with nowhere to go. So they jack up the price of vehicle, thinking you will be darn lucky if they can Get You Financed. Then they max out the interest rate. You will have to pay a higher interest; the bank will figure higher risk to them. But don’t go in unarmed! Get your loan first. Know your payment and rate. Then you can negotiate the price, as you should. Now you have choices. Buy from a private party, buy online, buy through the fleet department or go to the dealers and walk out on a few of them until you get the respect you deserve!

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Interest rates change constantly. It might surprise that you are paying too much. Apply for free to see if you can save $30, $50 or more a month. If you were a first time buyer or repairing your credit see if you’ve re-established enough to get a better rate.

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Now here is my disclaimer: I drove a tractor in a circle summer fallowing for a couple of decades, so as I told the folks in Denver when I moved here 10 years ago, if you think I can spell or remember the grammar I learned in high school, you’d be incorrect. I don’t know everything and can make mistakes. Just like listening to the preacher on Sunday, you better follow along in the Bible to be sure. Sorry for any mistakes they were not intentional. Thanks for reading.

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