It's hard to beat the all-around durability and adaptability of a used pickup--but what do you need to know before you buy?
Used Pickup Buying Guide
If you are looking for the ability to haul bulky items, tow trailers or toys, or drive worry free on work sites of all types, a pickup is the right choice for you.
A pickup has an enclosed cab and an open back, designed for towing with a longer body and forward tilted stance. Most truck manufacturers offer passenger seating options that include two doors and seating for three or four, three doors and seating for five, or even four doors with seating for six. It all depends on what you want.
Most new pickups can be found in only three sizes (mid-size, full-size, and heavy duty trucks) but you're likely to find some compact trucks in the used inventory.
- Compact Pickups like the Ford Ranger, or the old Jeep Comanche
- Mid-size Pickups like the Honda Ridgeline or the Nissan Frontier
- Full-size Pickups like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or the Ram 1500
- Heavy Duty Pickups like the GMC Sierra 2500HD or the Ford F-350
While you can get a larger SUVs that is built on a pickup truck chassis, large SUVs can't haul the way a truck can. If you need to load a washer and dryer, or a ton of gravel, you're going to need a pickup or take them apart or make two trips. Pickups also, because of their design, can tow more. Best in class towing for full-size pickups is up to 12,500 pounds if that puts it into perspective. So if you're looking to get an off shore boat, a pickup is what you need to get it to the water.