Five Things to Consider When Buying a Truck
Over the past years, the pickup truck has gained in popularity especially with young men and this increasing interest has resulted in significantly more types of styles, sizes and options. The pickup has gone from a work vehicle to a daily use, personal vehicle that has front and rear seats and doors. With this large variety of trucks, there is a huge price variation starting from the low $20,000 to mid $70,000.
In order to make the best decision on the type of vehicle to purchase, consideration should be given to each of the following listed points:
No. 1 What can your budget handle?
As with any large purchase, there should be an analysis of how much you can afford for the monthly payments on the truck. Many financial analysts recommend that a payment should never be more than 20 percent of take-home income. Determining the amount of an affordable payment will also indicate whether a new or used vehicle is your best purchase.
No. 2 How will the truck be used?
Determining how the truck will be used is also a good idea. If it will be used only for work and will require modifications so that work equipment can be carried, then the size of the pickup truck becomes relevant. Many people use their trucks strictly for recreation when they may want to tow something like a boat or mobile home. The truck may also be the only vehicle a person has so it can be the family vehicle and may require front and back seats. Answering these questions will indicate whether a two-wheel or four-wheel drive is needed.
No. 3 What size pickup truck is needed?
There are three size definitions for a truck and they include light duty, medium duty and heavy duty. As an example, the Ram 1500 is considered light duty because it has a V6 engine and maximum towing of 10,350 pounds and maximum payload of 1,800 pounds. The medium duty is the Ram 2500 which has a maximum towing of 17,850 pounds and a payload of 3,020 pounds. The engine is a V8. The heavy duty is the Ram 3500 with a V8 engine and it has a maximum towing of 29,280 pounds and a payload maximum of 6,100 pounds. Obviously, the price on each of these models reflects their power.
No.4 Is fuel economy an issue?
Engines have greatly improved in recent years so that much better gas mileage is available with greater vehicle power. The current V6 engine now has the ability to handle the work of a V8 engine of a decade ago. The diesel engine is now available in the light duty V6 which can handle towing more efficiently.
No. 5 What cab and bed size will you want?
There are generally three cab sizes. The regular cab size has a single row of seating . The crew cab has four full size doors with a backseat that allows for comfortable, long trips. The last cab offered by some manufacturers is the mega cab which has even more backseat space. The cab space will offset the amount of length in the bed.
Whatever pickup truck you select, it will always be a good investment.