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7 Key Steps for Buying a Pickup Truck

7 Key Steps for Buying a Pickup Truck

Are you in the hunt for used trucks in Georgia? It pays knowing what you should be looking for in a good pickup truck so you can get the best value out of your purchase. Not all pre-owned vehicles are equal, so remember these key steps when you are in the market for a pickup:

1. You’ll likely spend more on a pickup than your typical car. Trucks are not only bigger and (generally) more powerful—they are also more expensive because of their utilitarian nature. They are utility vehicles that often come with modern creature comforts you’d typically find in premium cars. So the first step you should take is to set your budget (and expectations) so you won’t have to spend more than you can afford on a pickup.

2. Pickup trucks differ widely in utility. This is why it is important that you know what you’ll be using the truck for so you can narrow down your options to units and models that can satisfy your use case.

A mid-size truck like a Toyota Tacoma or Honda Ridgeline is good for daily driving and when you don’t plan on hauling heavy loads. However, if it is a full-service truck that can haul your business supplies or perhaps tow your boat or any kind of cargo that you need, you might want to go for a 4×4 or something you can take off-road.

3. Apart from size, you also want to consider the truck’s capacity. There are light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks rated according to their payload. Size your truck properly based on your intended use so you won’t have to spend more on a heavy-duty truck, when light or medium-duty model could efficiently handle the loads you typically transport.

4. Right-sizing your engine is also crucial when in the market for used trucks in Georgia. Choosing the right engine size is a balancing act between good fuel economy and enough power. Trucks can be huge gas guzzlers, but thanks to modern technology, manufacturers are able to come up with models that come with more fuel-efficient engine options.

5. The truck’s axle ratio is also something to consider because it directly affects the machine’s towing capacity and its fuel economy. The higher the axle ratio on a truck, the more towing capacity it has; although this also means lower fuel efficiency.

6. Know what bed and cab size you need. Truck manufacturers categorize cab sizes into 4 different types, namely, crew cab, double, cab, extended cab, and regular cab—ordered from largest to smallest. A truck’s cab size affects its bed length, so remember that the more cab space you have, the more bed space you sacrifice.

7. Make a list of must-have features and packages so you’ll have an easier time choosing between trim levels and other truck configurations and design options you’ll likely be faced with when choosing a used truck.

At Savannah Pennysaver, you’ll find an extensive range of pre-owned vehicles and used trucks in Georgia alongside an entire catalog of ads for anything and everything you may need—from electronics and appliances to business services, real estate, and even employment.