The pickup truck segment is one of the most varied and diverse segments on the market, with several different choices in different sizes to suit each driver’s individual needs. Of course, this has resulted in a market that can be confusing for newbies when they see all the different options available. What goes into buying a pickup truck, and how can you narrow down the steps to find your perfect choice?
Step 1: Decide on a budget.
This seems like common sense, but there are a lot of trucks on the market that are equipped with high-end comforts that you may not need—or, if you have more money to burn, you might be willing to go for those upscale luxuries. An affordable truck is not always a good investment, though, so keep an eye out for resale value information.
Step 2: What are you using the truck for?
If you’re the type of person who wants to take your pickup truck off-roading, you’re not going to want the same kind of truck as the guy who runs his own landscaping business and needs commercial-grade capability. This will help you decide between a light-duty, heavy-duty, or midsize truck, many of which are separated into models with different-size cabs and truck beds.
Step 3: Test-drive.
Dealerships offer test-drives for a reason. If you’re still having trouble deciding between several brands, models, and trim levels, schedule test-drives with a few different places to get a feel for your potential new truck in person. There’s nothing quite like bonding with a truck in the flesh.
Step 4: Make your choice!
If you want a more common configuration, it may be possible just to drive off the dealer lot with your new pickup if they have your desired model in stock. If not, you can always custom order a truck that fits your specific tastes.
Buying a pickup truck can be confusing. As a starting point, we at Red Wing Chevrolet recommend the Silverado family of trucks. Silverados range from the light-duty Silverado 1500 to the heavy-duty Silverado 3500 HD, and come in a variety of cab and bed sizes. You can even opt for luxurious trim levels such as the High Country, or fun packages like the Z71 Off-Road package. All of this is guaranteed to be long-lasting quality with great resale value.