2010 Ford F-150

Fall is nearly upon us. Leaves will soon be turning, temperatures will soon be dropping and, in automotive parlance, another model year will be coming to a close.

Anyone considering a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup could find this fall especially good. With a heavily revised 2011 model on the way, Ford is touting a deal on select remaining 2010 F-150s: $7,500 cash back. It's part of Ford's Model Year End Sales Event, which offers incentives on nearly all Blue Oval products.

During this promotion, Ford's standard deal is $5,500 cash back. But an F-150 XLT (already the F-150's most popular trim level) with Sync, Chrome and Tow packages brings an extra $1,000 off. Yet another $1,000 disappears for financing through Ford Credit, making a grand discount total of $7,500.

Despite such qualifications, an F-150 XLT with the above packages isn't hugely expensive. It starts at around $27,000, so the full $7,500 incentive cuts more than 27 percent from the base price, knocking it into the $19,000 ballpark. Pretty good for a truck with Bluetooth, an iPod adapter, automatic headlights, keyless entry and a powerful 4.6-liter V8.

Other Ford vehicles in this fall close-out include many of its SUVs, the Fusion mid-size sedan and the new-for-2010 Mustang, offered at zero percent financing and $1,000 cash back for qualified buyers. The promotion ends October 4.

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Doug DeMuro is a Denver native who now resides in Atlanta. He was featured in Automobile Magazine for his "car spotting" hobby – hunting and photographing exotic cars in the wild. DeMuro is an Emory University alumni with wide-ranging industry experience including Porsche Cars North America, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and a Ferrari dealership.

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