The first thing that any experienced person will tell you regarding buying pick-up trucks is to put the realistic evaluation of your concrete needs on top of your to-do list. Unless you’re planning to engage in carrying multi-ton loads, your needs probably don’t require a heavy-duty pickup truck. In that case, it is better to opt for something lighter, such as compact pickup or a minivan. Renting also enters the equation if you don’t plan to use the intended pick-up truck regularly.
There is a wide range of models of pick-up trucks: full-sized or compact; long bed or short; two- or four-wheel drive; standard or automatic transmission and many more. Prices start from less than $20,000 to more than $40,000. The most often sold full-sized pickups, also called half-ton trucks, are classified as “1500” and refer to the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and Ram, and “150” in Ford’s parlance. Heavier-duty trucks are classified as 2500, 3500. Ford and Chevrolet/GMC are the most prominent sellers, with Ram (formerly known as Dodge) coming right after them. The Japanese brands have a less prominent role (Toyota Nissan and Honda).
Other factors that make pickup trucks vary and differ in price are:
The bigger the truck, the higher the costs, of course. Fuel economy is best with smaller sized trucks. Also, bigger trucks tend to be more difficult to control. Simply put, it is always smarter to avoid overdoing and buying something that has a lot of extra capacity that you won’t use.
The open cargo bed can serve for many different purposes, although there is a drawback, it is rather susceptible to theft and bad weather is also a menace. It can serve for moving furniture, equipment, manure, trash, motorcycles and so on. These are tasks that you certainly won’t be able to achieve with an SUV or a minivan. Pickup trucks are also convenient for towing boat, car, utility, and travel trailers, but you should always read the manufacturer specifications first in order to determine the maximum cargo weight and towing capacities of the vehicle.
Aside from their impressive specifications, pickup trucks have one, not so desirable characteristic – they are rather wasteful with gas as they tend to guzzle it regardless of the fact whether they’re loaded or not.
Finally, the most reasonable method for selecting a pickup is to look for a truck that is in accordance with your requirements, without buying more than you actually need. You don’t want to end up paying for something you won’t even use and that will make the ride more difficult and the costs for fuel unnecessarily higher.