Test Your Skills For a Chance to Win a Custom 2018 Ford F-150!

This fall, we’re teaming up with All Saints Academy to give their fans a chance to win a truck! And we don’t mean we’ll customize a truck you already own—we mean we’re giving fans a shot to win a custom 2018 Ford F-150 Crew Cab 4×4.

This truck is lifted, and it’s got custom tires and wheels, and Katzin leather, and it could be yours … if you’re an All Saints fan. Starting on 8/24 and ending 10/19, we’re hosting a raffle to give away a cooler at each home game (your game ticket is your raffle ticket!).

You’ll have 5 chances to win a cooler, and those coolers come with a chance to take home a lifted Ford truck at half-time during their rivalry game against Santa Fe on 10/19! You must be present at the 10/19 game to take your chance (and please read the full rules here), and hopefully you’ll be lucky enough to take home your very own lifted F-150!

Check back to see which custom truck you can win!

All Saints won their second consecutive Sunshine State Athletic Conference Football Championship last season, and we’re more than happy to make their rivalry game even more exciting than it was already going to be.

Want to go to a game? Home games start at 7:00 p.m. at All Saints Academy (map), and tickets are available at the gate. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for Kelley Lakeland. We’ll have custom trucks on display, and we’ll be making an entrance at half-time to give away some goodies, including a cooler that comes with a chance to win a 2018 Ford F-150!

You’ll also want to keep an eye on this blog—because we’ll be giving you a look at the truck that’s up for grabs in the weeks to come!

2018 Kelley Lakeland and All Saints Academy Truck Contest Rules

If you want your chance to win your very own custom 2018 Ford F-150 Crew Cab 4×4, then read the following (and keep in mind that we have the right to alter these here rules at any time).

Note: If you’re under 18, please make sure that your parent or guardian has read and agreed to these terms before you enter.

1. By entering the contest, each entrant agrees to indemnify, release, and hold harmless Sponsor and its parent, affiliate, and subsidiary companies, as well as any administrative, advertising and promotional agencies, or other related companies (heretofore referred to as Sponsor and its affiliates), and all their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives, and agents from any liability, damages, losses, or injury resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from that entrant’s participation in the contest and the acceptance, use, or misuse of any prize that may be won. Sponsor and its affiliates do not make any warranties, express or implied, as to the condition, fitness, or merchantability of the prize. Neither Sponsor nor its affiliates, or their officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, or assigns shall be liable for any warranty, costs, damage, injury, or any other claims incurred as a result of any winner’s use of any prize. The Sponsor and its affiliates are not liable for any loss arising out of or in connection with any contest promoted by the Sponsor.

2. Entrants must send entries as required in the contest announcement in order to be eligible. Entries received after the deadline set forth in the contest announcement are ineligible, null, and void. Sponsor and affiliates will not be responsible for and will not consider incomplete or incorrect entries. Sponsor and affiliates are not responsible for entries that are sent to but not received for any reason.

3. Current or former professional or semi professional football players or coaches who have played or coached at that level anywhere in the world are ineligible; current or former college or Olympic football players or coaches who have played or coached at that level anywhere in the world are also ineligible.

4. Current or former employees, family members, agents, successors, or assignees of the Sponsor are not eligible to participate in either the raffle giveaways or the grand prize contest.

5. All winners must be present to win and will be notified during an announcement at half-time during home games at All Saints Academy of Winter Haven, FL on 8/24, 9/7, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19. Winners from the prior raffles must be present during half-time on 10/19 in order to have their chance to win the grand prize. Sponsor or affiliate have the right to cancel a contest event on any of the aforementioned dates due to significant weather or any other circumstance, and cannot be held liable for any changes to the contest in any way. Cooler raffle contestants must respond and come down to the field during half-time within five minutes or another winner will be chosen. Failure to respond within the time frame listed above shall mean that the provisional winner forfeits the prize.

6. Only one entry per person will be considered for contest entry.

7. Entry to the game constitutes entry to the contest, and acceptance of the initial cooler prize will indicate agreement to participate in the grand prize contest and event on 10/19.

8. All photos, drawings, text, and any other content or information (collectively and severally called “Materials”) that you submit to Sponsor or affiliate in relationship to this contest shall become the sole and exclusive property of the Sponsor, and the Sponsor shall have no obligation to preserve, return, or otherwise make available to you or others any Materials.

9. Sponsor and affiliates may use, reproduce, edit, display, transmit, prepare derivative works of, modify, publish, and otherwise make use of Materials in any and all media, whether now known or hereinafter created—throughout the world and for any purpose—without compensation to you of any kind.

10. By submitting Materials to the Sponsor and affiliate in relationship to this contest, you represent and warrant that the Materials do not infringe on any copyright, trademark, property rights, rights of privacy or publicity of any person, or any other right of any third party and that you have the full and unrestricted right to transfer the Materials to the Sponsor free and clear of any claims or encumbrances.

11. You acknowledge and agree that the Sponsor and their affiliates shall have no obligation to post, display, or otherwise make publicly available any Materials that you submit.

12. You acknowledge and agree that the Sponsor and their affiliates may make Materials that you submit available for public viewing, rating, reviewing, and commenting. You acknowledge that comments or ratings that you disagree with or are unhappy about may be published or otherwise become associated with Materials that you submit to the Sponsor and their affiliates. By submitting Materials to Sponsor and its affiliates, you waive any privacy expectations that you might have with respect to the Materials.

13. You agree to hold Sponsor and their affiliates, as well as their officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, and assigns harmless from and against—and hereby waive any right to pursue—any claims of any nature that arise in connection with Sponsor and their affiliate’s use of the Materials.

14. All entrants and winners must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license as of 10/19 (or grand prize giveaway date, if the grand prize giveaway has to be moved to a different date).

15. Winners may not request substitutions of prize winnings. All winners are solely responsible for any and all taxes and/or fees as well as all additional costs that may be incurred. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted.

16. Prizes are non-transferrable.

17. Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives are not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the offer or administration of the contest, including, but not limited to, errors in any printing or posting or the official rules, the selection and announcement of any winner, or the distribution of any prize.

18. Any attempt to damage the content or operation of this Contest is unlawful and subject to possible legal action by Sponsor. In the event any tampering or unauthorized intervention may have occurred, Sponsor reserves the right to void suspect entries at issue.

19. If the specified prize becomes unavailable for any reason, the Sponsor in its sole and absolute discretion may substitute a prize of like or equal value.

20. Contests are null and void in any jurisdiction where they are prohibited by law.

21. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to terminate, suspend or amend any contest at any time, without prior notice, and for any reason

22. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter any contest rules at any time.

23. By entering a contest, you conclusively are deemed to have agreed to be bound by these contest rules and terms and conditions as well as by any rules specific to that contest. This is an irrevocable condition of entry.

24. The following criteria apply:
a. In contests in which winners are selected at random, the odds of winning depend upon the number of entries received and cannot be determined in advance.
b. In contests in which winners are selected based upon skill or accomplishments, winners will be chosen by Sponsor on the merits of each entry, in Sponsor’s sole and absolute discretion. If the contest involves completing a specific task or successfully using a skill in order to win, and no contestant completes the task to the exact specifications, then no prize shall be awarded.
c. In contests in which winners are selected on the basis of being the nth person to complete a stated action, the winner shall be that person provided that he or she validly completes the action, validity being determined by Sponsor, in its sole and absolute discretion.

25. No purchase or payment of any consideration is necessary to enter the contest. Contact Sponsor for a way to participate without purchase.

26. Except in the case of contests in which winners are selected as outlined in clause 24(c), each contest will state a deadline for entry and the date when the winner(s) will be announced. Winners of contests run in accordance with clause 24(c) will be announced the day the action is completed. A list of winner(s) may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped (first-class postage) envelope to Sponsor and requesting the list.

27. Sponsor reserves the right to condition the award of prizes upon the execution by the winner(s) of a publicity release. Notwithstanding this reserved right, entry is conclusively deemed to be permission by the entrant for Sponsor and its affiliates to use the entrant’s name, likeness or comments (without compensation to the entrant) if the entrant is a winner to publicize the contest and otherwise, without payment, notice, or additional consideration, as determined by Sponsor and its affiliates, unless prohibited by law.

28. All entrants agree to be filmed while participating in the contest, and footage will be used to verify eligibility to accept prizes. It may also be used in promotional activities in accordance with clause 27.

29. All entrants agree to sign a “Contestant Agreement to Participate” form, as needed, if they win any prize during the contest.

30. Sponsor and its affiliates reserve the right to require the winner to execute an affidavit of eligibility as a sworn document and provide other proof of eligibility as a condition of receipt of the prize or award.

31. Sponsor and its respective parent, affiliate and subsidiary companies, agents, and representatives, and any telephone network or service providers, are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate transcription or handling of entry information, or for any technical, human, or other error in relationship to this contest.

Stuff the Truck and Win a YETI!

As a family- and locally-owned business, it’s important to us that we support our local community. That’s why we’re accepting school supplies for the Boy & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry now through August 8th! If you help us Stuff the Truck by bringing in a bag of school supplies between now and then, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a YETI Tundra 65 cooler!

You’ll also get FIVE extra raffle tickets if you buy a truck between now and August 8th! We’ll draw a winner towards the end of the day on August 8th (you do not need to be present to win), and deliver the school supplies in time for school to start!

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry has been serving youth from disadvantaged circumstances in Polk County for over 70 years! Every year, they serve more than 2,000 young people at 4 clubs in Lakeland and Mulberry, and they employ certified teachers at all four sites. Not only can their teachers, tutors, and staff use these supplies to help young people achieve academic success while at the club, but they’ll also help students who may not have everything on their school supplies list start the year off right!

While they’re currently looking for ALL school supplies, they do have online wish list if you need some ideas to get you started!

Black 2018 RAM 1500 towing trailer down country road

What is the towing capacity of Ford, Chevrolet and RAM trucks?

Maximum tow rating of Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and RAM 1500 trucks  

Hard-working, blue-collar Floridians need a truck that is willing to put in the extra work day after day to keep them satisfied on the job. It’s for this reason that we see so many American-made pickups driving around here in Lakeland, as they certainly have much to offer no matter what you’re looking to accomplish on board. If you’re searching for a top-tier American truck and want to see which one has the right power for your needs, come with Kelley Lakeland today as we look at the maximum tow rating of the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and RAM 1500 trucks for their current model years!  Read the rest of this entry >>

Are you ready for some football, Florida?

In the spirit of the upcoming football season, we’re creating a limited edition set of team trucks for football lovers everywhere! Our first lifted truck is a customer-requested Florida Gators edition Chevy Silverado!

This truck is being built on demand for a customer at our Big Bend Chevrolet Buick store up in Chiefland (did you know we’re five dealerships, not one?). We’ll be putting the finishing touches on it in the next day or two.

In the meantime, here’s a look at some more behind-the-scenes pictures of the custom lifted truck, including the Florida Gators graphic that’s in the process of being sized to fit the truck as we speak!

UPDATE: Here are the pictures of the final truck! Everything from the wheels to the badging on this 2018 Chevy has been changed in support of the Gators, and all work was done in-house!

We started with the lift kit and special-order Katzkin leather seats, and then color-matched the bumpers, trim, and Chevy badges. Next, we added the new Toyo Open Country tires the customer wanted and the custom wheels. Finally, we added the wrap to give it that truly one-of-a-kind look!

Do you want your own truck to support your team just in time for football season? Let us know what kind of truck you’re looking to buy (and what team you want to support) by filling out our Truck Finder form or calling (877) 535-5394 today!

While each team truck will be completely unique, we can worked with you on building you just the new or used lifted truck you’re looking for!

White 2018 Ford F-150 towing trailer down empty road

What is the difference between All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive?

If you’re on the market for a quality used SUV or heavy-duty pickup truck, you’ve no doubt been faced with the choice between two of the most popular drivetrains out there – All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive. There’s a lot to cover with these two systems, so if you’ve ever wondered “What is the difference between All-Wheel Drive and Four-Wheel Drive?” Our Kelley Lakeland team will take you through them today, as well as which model types they are most common on, and how they operate!  Read the rest of this entry >>

Service Engine Soon Light flashing next to fuel gauge needle

Why did the Check Engine light come on in my used truck?

Most common reasons that a Check Engine light flashes in your used pickup truck 

The pickup trucks of today’s world are built to be stronger, more versatile and more durable than ever before seen in history. However, that doesn’t change the fact that they must be properly maintained in order to ensure your continued enjoyment behind the wheel. For this reason, it can often be a harrowing feeling when you see your “Check Engine” light come on. The causes of this can be hard to pinpoint, so we want to help you today – come with Kelley Lakeland as we show you some of the most common reasons that a Check Engine light flashes in your used pickup truck. With this information, it’ll be much easier for you to remedy the issue!  Read the rest of this entry >>

Black 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 towing trailer down highway road

What engines are available on the GMC Sierra 1500?

2018 GMC Sierra 1500 engine options and performance features 

In the GM model family, there are plenty of different body types and manufacturers that have formed solid reputations with all sorts of drivers across the nation. If you’re looking for a high-performing, durable and innovative pickup truck with ample luxury to boot, there aren’t many better options than the GMC Sierra 1500 line. Today, we’ll be checking out its different engine options and performance features, and you can find all of them here in Lakeland FL!   Read the rest of this entry >>

Looking To Buy Your First Truck? Here’s What You Need to Know

Buying your first truck is very exciting (who doesn’t remember their first truck?), but it can also be confusing. We want you to feel confident and prepared when you walk into the dealership, so we’ve put together a short guide explaining what you need to know as a first time buyer.

Here are our top tips for first time car buyers:

1. Build up some credit. If you’re thinking about getting your first truck, now is the time to get a low-limit credit card. Use that card to make necessary, smaller purchases, like gas, and then pay it off every month. That way, you can start to establish a good credit rating with that line of credit, which will help you get you approved for a larger loan.

2. Think about potential co-signers. If it’s your first time financing a vehicle, you may need someone to co-sign (agree to co-accept responsibility for the loan) for your first car loan. A spouse with established credit can be a great option, as can a parent, or anyone else who has good vehicle credit or a mortgage. It’s important to have these conversations early on the process, though, so the truck you want doesn’t get sold while you’re trying to find a co-signer!

3. Have a little time on the job. Does having a short time on the job mean you can’t get a loan? No! Banks take many factors into account when deciding to approve someone. However, having been at the same job for two or more years will help a bank see you as a strong candidate.

4. Save up for a down payment. If you’re purchasing a first truck, you’ll need a down payment. Saving at least 20% for a truck not only helps you get lower monthly payments than financing the entire purchase, but it can help show the banks that you’re responsible enough to manage a larger loan. That 20% helps cover the title, tag, dealer and other fees that the bank doesn’t want to finance.

You can also watch our tips for buying your first vehicle!

5. Know what vehicles to look for. As a first time buyer, you may think a bank will be more likely to finance you on an older truck with high mileage. The opposite is actually true! Ideally, you want a truck that’s 8 years old or newer, with less than 80,000 miles on it. If the vehicle is too old, the bank will be concerned you may not be able to handle both repairs and your loan payment. You’ll actually have a better time getting financed on a newer truck!

6. Prioritize your wants. With your first truck, you may not be able to get all the upgrades you want straight out of the gate (banks will be hesitant to finance them). However, if you buy a truck at Kelley Lakeland, you can bring your truck in to our Kelley’s Customs shop, and buy your upgrades as you go! Also, once you’re ready for your second truck, we know the value of those upgrades and can take that into account when appraising your trade.

Keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to complete every one of these steps in order to buy a truck. We just want to put you in the most optimal situation to both get approved for a loan, and walk away satisfied with your purchase. If you have questions, feel free to call our Finance Director Valden at (863) 225-9650. He’ll be happy to answer your questions!

And now that you better understand the process of buying a car, don’t forget the most important tip of all: enjoy the ride! You’ll never have another first truck!

Three Big Reasons to Upgrade to Leather Seats

We all know there’s nothing quite as luxurious as custom, premium Katzkin seats, but do you know some of the more practical reasons to upgrade to leather?

1. Leather is durable. High-quality leather will easily wipe clean of most spills that you’d have to scrub out of cloth, and it’s certainly much easier to keep dust and other allergens to a minimum with a leather interior. Cloth seats will also absorb (and emit) more odors over time.

2. Increased resale value. A vehicle with a leather interior has a greater resale value than one without, so you get to enjoy the luxury now and recoup some of the costs later. Given that Kelley Lakeland already offers a great deal on high-quality custom leather seats, you can recoup an even higher percentage of that cost later on!

3. Comfort. On their own, leather seats are usually softer and more comfortable than your typical cloth seats, and they actually get softer and more flexible as time goes on, unlike cloth. With just a little maintenance, your leather truck seats will get even better with time!

Listen as Shawn explains your options for getting Katzkin leather in your truck!

So if you’re ready to upgrade to leather, call us at (863) 225-9672 to see how much it would cost to add our custom leather truck seats to your vehicle today! Not only will you be working with an authorized Katzkin leather dealer, but we also have over 23 years of experience in working with leather in our service center. We can make sure your leather seats look beautiful, and will be safe and long-lasting!