A new truck is a serious investment, and many drivers want to do what they can to help keep it protected so it retains a high value. One of the first places a truck will start to show some serious wear and tear is the truck bed thanks to the loading and unloading of large cargo. Just what can drivers do to prevents dents, scrapes, and damage, and is a bed liner a worthy expense? We break it all down below.
Should I get a bed liner for my new truck?
If your goal is to keep your truck bed as free from damage as possible, then a truck bed liner is a must. Bed liners will provide a layer of protection between your truck bed and the elements which can help eliminate rusting and scratches and can also help prevent dings and scraps from cargo transport. When it comes time to sell or trade-in your model, you’ll be happy that you made the initial investment.
Spray-In vs Drop-In Bed Liners
While there are a handful of ben liner options to choose from, the two most popular selections are a spray-in liner or a plastic drop-in liner. Like their names suggest, a spray-in liner is a product that will be physically sprayed on to your existing truck bed and will harden to provide a layer of added protection and a drop-in liner will be overlaid on top of your truck bed to provide a hard barrier. Both bed liner options have their pros and cons.
Spray-in liners are a little more expensive but create a secure seal that locks out moisture and the potential for rust. Spray-in liners can also add a rough texture to your truck bed that can help reduce cargo slippage. Drop-in liners are less expensive overall and can add a thicker layer of protection against dents and dings. However, moisture and debris can find its way in between the liner and truck bed and its plastic surface can become slippery, especially when wet.
Whether you opt for a spray-in liner or a drop-in liner, it’s essential that you do your research in advance to get a quality product. We recommend working directly with your local dealership to secure a bed liner that has been specifically tailored to your brand and model.