The demand for pickup trucks has been rising over recent years, with no sign of slowing down.
On first thought, shopping around for one might look the same as shopping for a car or SUV, but there’s a lot more to it than simply picking the perfect colour and trim. The growing number of options and sizes can be overwhelming and a lot of time and research is required if you want to ensure the perfect pickup truck for you.
Here are three unavoidable steps that every aspiring pickup truck owner needs to consider before investing.
Prepare to save for a bigger budget
Pickup trucks are utility vehicles but come with the same comforts and luxuries found in premium cars. This combination makes them expensive, particularly when compared to standard cars, so you need to be prepared to save with a bigger budget in mind before you even think about choosing your specs.
With such a wide range of options currently available, a standard truck doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be perfect for you, and substantial research is needed to make sure that you get the most for your money. While it can be tempting to go for the best option, in the end, you might be paying more for comforts and features that you don’t even need. If the truck is for work, or you are planning on adding commercial flatbed trucks to your fleet, set your budget based on growth projections for the business to ensure that you are meeting your business needs for years to come. If for personal use, consider truck-leasing or buying second hand first to see how you get on with the vehicle before purchasing, and try not to go over 15% of your total salary when finally taking the plunge.
Depending on your needs, and knowing how you plan to use your pickup, will determine and guide you through the many choices currently available on the market. There are two categories to choose from size-wise – mid and full. Midsize trucks are smallest and are perfect for those that don’t plan on towing around anything substantial. They are easier to drive, park and manoeuvre in general to their smaller size, have smaller cargo beds. They are also generally more fuel-efficient, potentially saving you some money in the long run. Larger full-size trucks, on the other hand, can tow heavier cargo and are perfect for those who are planning on making full use of the cab beds. Thinking about your planned uses for your pickup will also help to determine if you need a two or four-wheel drive.
Determine whether you need light, medium or heavy-duty
Choosing the size of your truck is crucial, and if you overlook on power, you might end up having trouble towing what you need, rendering your pickup essentially useless.
Once you know what you will be towing and how much it weighs, you can then move onto choosing the perfect truck for your needs. While overestimating slightly is the general rule of thumb, don’t automatically assume that heavy-duty is best. Just because it can tow more, it is essential to also bear in mind that heavy-duty trucks cost more to maintain due to needing more fuel, while also being harder to park and fit onto tight driveways.