Posted Sunday, Apr 25, 2021
Winter driving, towing capacity, horsepower, off-roading… The reasons people love trucks are endless. People balk at the cost, but in all honesty the prices of some of the best used trucks for sale under $25,000 are comparable to that of a good used SUV – with more benefits!
A box of chocolates may have variety, but it’s got nothing on the options of a truck. From size of the cab, bed, wheels, engine, and more, you can make things as powerful or reasonable as you want. Just about every single automobile manufacturer has a truck model so you can stick with your favorite make. You just have to figure out which one is right for you and your needs.
As we’ve discussed in other articles, buying a used vehicle is a smart choice for many reasons. Just a couple of which are the cost savings and lower depreciation. Trucks typically also last longer, even with high miles, and are more durable than other vehicles of their caliber.
Here are some other reasons people decide to purchase one of the most powerful vehicle types in the US. If there’s one thing almost everyone knows about trucks, it’s Size Matters.
It seems size matters in everything on a truck.
Cabs are roomy, they can comfortably seat multiple people and it seems like you can always find just the right spot for more stuff. Aside from the many different makes and models of trucks, the cabs come in a wide range as well. Despite the terms being coined from the manufacturers, the title, or variations thereof, are often used for other configurations.
Regular Cab – One row of seating with two doors.
Extended Cab – Front and rear-seating, with a variety of access to the back seats. Some models have the two regular doors and when they are opened there are some hidden handles that open smaller doors to the back (called suicide doors). Some models just have the regular doors but extra space to move the front seats to allow for easier access to the back. These types of cabs are also called Quad Cab and Crew Cab. Every style has different room, accessibility, and space.
Crew Cab – Front and rear-seating, with four full-size doors that open as normal. Some manufacturers create various adjectives to make these cabs sound more appealing for size, things like “Supercrew” and “CrewMax”.
Just as with cabs, truck beds vary in size and design as well. Some of steps, doors that open in different ways, various features around the wheel wells and bed liners, and some have built-in toolboxes. They also get fun naming conventions like “Fleetside” and “Styleside”, depending on the manufacturer.
But it appears that like truck cabs, the main styles of truck beds can usually be categorized in just three configurations.
Short Bed – A short bed pickup is around 5 feet, 8 inches long. Due to their short wheelbase, these trucks are easier to maneuver into parking spots, garages, and are less challenging to turn and back up.
Standard Bed – A standard bed size is around 6 feet, 5 inches long. This is a nice in-between for those that like the comfort of driving a smaller truck and those that need a bit more room to haul camping gear, move tools between jobs, take dirt bikes out, or just take a drive out in the desert.
Long Bed – A long bed is around 8 feet long. They may be more challenging to maneuver, but what it lacks in maneuverability, it makes up for in space. In trucks with a long bed, you can strap in long ladders, easily transport long framing lumber, and makes loading up a 4-wheeler or moving furniture much easier.
Being able to tow stuff is a dream for people across the board, boats, camp trailers, horse trailers, car trailers, you name it. Towing is a big reason people want to buy a truck. However, before you strap on a 7,500-pound trailer to the hitch, make sure you know what the capacity is for your rig.
Overhauling can lead to safety concerns while traveling, damage your engine, tires, transmission, frame… the list goes on and on. The list below offers a description of typical towing constraints but CHECK YOUR OWNER’S MANUAL for exact specifications for your vehicle.
There are several factors that go into calculating what the towing capacity and payload capacity is on a truck. Towing refers to what a truck can pull while a payload capacity refers to what it can carry.
Curb Weight – This is the weight of the truck with fuel but without passengers or cargo.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating – This is a fully loaded truck and includes the tongue weight (the force a trailer puts on the hitch) but doesn’t include the trailer.
Gross Combined Weight Rating – This is the maximum weight of the truck, trailer, and everyone and everything in both.
It used to be fairly simple to figure out a weight ratio on a truck. The naming conventions included half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one-ton which referred to the weight capacity. But throughout time, manufacturers have modeled trucks in ways that you simply can’t decipher it by name alone.
Half-Ton – These trucks can carry about 1,000 pounds and are considered light duty pickups like the Ford F150, Dodge Ram 1500, Chevy Silverado 1500, and GMC Sierra 1500.
Three-Quarter-Ton – A truck of this class can handle 1,500 pounds and include Ford Super Duty F-250, Dodge Ram 2500, Chevy Silverado 2500, and GMC Sierra 2500.
One-Ton – At the top of the scape, these massive machines can handle a ton of weight. Literally. If yu need a truck that carries 2,000 pounds, then you are looking for the Ford Super Duty F-350, a Dodge Ram 3500, a Chevy Silverado 3500, and, you guessed it, a GMC Sierra 3500.
Of course, the weights above are completely dependent on the engine size, frame weight, suspensions, brakes, and more. So, again READ THE OWNER’S MANUAL.
What kind of truck should you buy? Not only do you need to consider what you want to purchase and why, you need to analyze what all you plan to do with the truck. Are you primarily going off-roading, hauling a boat, do you need a bigger truck to haul a new trailer?
The new sleek models of trucks on the market today may look appealing but remember all that glitter’s is not gold. Most trucks today are made out of aluminum, the frame isn’t, but the body is. That means it is not as durable as some of the older models. They were mostly made of steel. This isn’t the case of all makes, some are still made of steel like the Chevy Silverado and the Dodge Ram, but many still feel that the older models are more durable regardless.
At City Wide we fully inspect the vehicles in our lot to make sure you know exactly what your vehicle is made of and capable of. With a rotating used cars inventory, we can help you find exactly what you need at a price you can afford.
That’s why buying a used vehicle from a reputable used cars dealer can make all the difference when finding a lower-budget vehicle that meets your needs. Buying used can benefit you in other ways as well.
One of the concerns of buying used vehicles is how long they will last. Trucks often stand the test of time being passed down through generations and running on high miles. By the way, all of City Wide’s leased vehicles come with a Used Vehicle Protection Warranty!
You can rest easy knowing City Wide has your back when it comes to financing with our customizable options for buying and leasing your SUV. Our main purpose is to accelerate your future and help you drive your dream, and we work with you from the beginning to achieve that goal.
The top used trucks are the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Dodge Ram, and GMC Sierra. But, as with all things, each pickup has had it’s share of ups and downs over the years. For example, the best year for the Ford F-150 SuperCrew for under $25,0000 was the 2013 2-wheel-drive.
The Chevy Silverado 1500 Extended Cab’s year was 2105, and so was the Dodge Ram’s 1500 Crew. But, in 2014, the Dodge Ram won Truck of the Year.
Each make and model is different, so be sure to read up on the vehicle(s) you’re interested in and don’t be afraid to ask questions!