6 Factors to Consider Before Buying A Truck


Buying a truck is not only a huge investment but also a long-term commitment. It is important to analyze what feature meet your needs and what model would be ideal for you. For example, a slip-on truck body that provides a greater resistance to intrusion and theft would be ideal for you if you want to use the vehicle for transportation of goods.

Vehicle for Goods Transportation
Vehicle for Goods Transportation

The market has a wide variety of trucks, where variation in designs, prices, and utility are available. Consider all options carefully before taking a decision. Trucks can be classified into 2 broad categories: full-size or compact. Demand for compact trucks is relatively more in the market while full-size trucks are purchased for heavy-duty work.

Preferred Cab Designs

Even though vehicle manufacturers often market their products under fancy names, the truck bodies can be broadly classified into 3 main categories:

• Regular cab
• Crew cab
• Extended cab

The regular cabs have 2 doors and 2 or 3 adults can sit on them. The crew cabs have 4 full-sized doors and feature comfortable seats for 5 to 6 passengers. The extended cabs, on the other hand, are more compact. They provide additional storage space for goods. 3 extra passengers can seat on the full-size versions. They feature rear clamshell doors, which eases entrance and exit for passengers. Getting cargo is easier as well. However, a few of these cabs have smaller and front-hinged doors.

Buying A Truck
Buying A Truck

Consider the Engine

Some full-sized trucks feature 6-cylinder engines on the base models but most trucks have V8 or V10 engines, which provide impressive marginal fuel-economy figures. Full-size heavy-duty trucks flaunt diesel engines, which provide enhances towing power and better mileage. Buyers have more options when they choose to buy compact trucks. These come in 4, 5, 6 and 8-cylinder engines.

Check the Safety Features

Almost all trucks have some basic safety features such as front airbags and seatbelts. Customers expect the full-sized models to also have side-curtain airbags and stability control. It has been found that some of the compact models have performed poorly in crash tests. Carefully review the rear jump seats before buying, as they may not be designed to offer proper protection in case of an accident.

Preferred Drive Train

Almost all trucks have automatic and manual transmissions. They also have 2 and 4-wheel drive. Some of the vehicles also provide traction-aiding devices such as limited-slip, locking differentials, or electronic traction control.

Heavy Duty Truck
Heavy Duty Truck

Design of Interior Seats

Most truck designs have bucket seats or front bench, which can accommodate 3 people. In the extended or crew or extended cabs, you can fold the rear seat up completely, or half. In some of the latest full-sized trucks, you can also fold the front passenger seat. Once folded, it looks like a flat table-like surface and can be used for various purposes.

Towing Ability of the Truck

The regular full-sized trucks can tow up to 12,000 pounds with specific suspension and engine configurations, but the most towing ability of most design range from 8,000 to 10,000 pounds. Towing ability of the compact trucks is between 3,000 to 7,000 pounds but it mainly depends on how well it is equipped. The full-size heavy-duty full-models have the startling capability of carrying 24,000 pounds if you equip them with a fifth-wheel connection. When considering the towing capacity and fuel economy, you should also analyze the axle ratios.

Buying decision should depend on all of these factors. Your decision should be based on how well these factors match your requirement. It is a big investment and therefore, the decision should not be taken lightly. For help with buying a truck, look into taking a loan out and/or using freight factoring company.