Buying a Truck? Questions to Ask Yourself to Narrow the List of Options

25 October 2018
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You've been looking at trucks for sale, but you have no idea which one you want to buy. If you're struggling to make a decision about the truck that you'll be driving for the next few years, keep reading. Here, you'll find a short list of things to consider to help you narrow the long list of options.


Is there a particular make of vehicle that you've remained loyal to over the years? If you've owned nothing but Chevy's, you're probably going to lean more towards another Chevy.

Spend some time researching the different makes of trucks. Some are reported to have better motors than others, while some have bodies and frames that hold up better. A little time reading consumer reports will help you identify the make of vehicle to lean towards.


What will you be using the truck for? Will you be hauling heavy loads? Will you be taking long road trips? Will you be pulling a trailer?

Knowing what you'll be using the truck for will help you determine what size truck you will need. If you plan to haul heavy loads, you'll need a truck that has the motor and braking system to pull and stop it. If you have no plans on pulling heavy loads, a smaller truck will be perfectly suitable.


Will you be transporting people with you? Trucks can hold several passengers or just two. You can choose from two doors or four. If you'll be transporting adult passengers, you'll want to get a truck that has four doors and enough space in the cab to comfortably seat everyone.

2-Wheel or 4-Wheel Drive

Trucks come in both 4-wheel and 2-wheel drive. If you'll be driving in icy, snowy conditions or areas that have rough, muddy terrain, 4-wheel drive is worth the investment. If you'll be driving in a mild climate that doesn't experience much snow, 2-wheel drive will likely meet your needs.

Tip: If you opt for 2-wheel drive and weather does get hairy, you can add some weight to the bed of the truck to improve traction and control. Some sandbags, kitty litter, or another heavy material will do the trick.

Now that you've answered all of the above questions, you should have a better idea of the type of truck that you'll need to meet your needs. Use this information to begin narrowing the list even further until you've found exactly what you want.