Ask This When Buying a Pickup Truck

Over the last few decades, buying a pickup truck has become a significantly more complicated process. Trucks are no longer considered utility vehicles designed for utility purposes, but instead have become a sort of “go to” vehicle that has everything a customer needs. With the rise in pickup drivers using them as everyday rigs rather than vehicles for specific hauling purposes, the features and prices have increased dramatically. Here we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions with answers to consider when shopping for a pickup truck.


  1. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    What will my truck be for?

    This is one of the biggest questions to ask, and is a bit of a loaded one at that. With so many trucks looking to expand their viability as a vehicle any potential customer would want, it’s easy to see the price skyrocket as additional features are added. Avoid falling into the trap of an overcomplicated rig if you’re only looking for something that has utility value. Will you be towing? If so, what exactly will you be towing? Ask if the truck you’re interested in has the capacity to tow the trailer you intend to move, and go from there.

  2. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    What is the difference between heavy duty and light duty?

    Trucks today are designed with variability in mind, so having increased functionality is a must. With this in mind, realize that the price difference between a heavy duty versus a light duty pickup is not insignificant. Both in terms of purchasing price and fuel efficiency, having the truck that will fit your budget as well as meet your utility requirements can mean the different in getting a super heavy duty diesel pickup and a much more fiscally reasonable gasoline rig.

  3. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    How much should I spend?

    This right here is the kicker. Buying a truck, no matter its intended purpose, is not a cheap endeavor. Buying a car is an expensive and complicated ordeal, and buying a pickup truck is even more so. With an increase in size and features over the years, trucks have become a major investment. Looking at what you need for your rig, however, can once again help you make the right decision in terms of price. If your truck is something you want for work and for home life, realize that you’ll be relying on it all hours of the day. If it is a utility rig for hauling a certain type of cargo, let that help influence your pricing point. Don’t spring for extra features if you’ll only be using it for brief periods of time.

  4. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Do I need a bed cover?

    Bed covers can be a bit expensive, but depending on your intended cargo, it may be a worthwhile investment. If you’re planning a move soon, or willing to help others transport weather sensitive items, look into it. You’ll find that it might be cheaper to buy a cover than to replace your sofa set.

  5. AskThisWhen on June 22, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Is the extended cab feature something that I need?

    This is a question that lends itself to how well met your transportation needs already are. An extended cab may mean a more comfortable ride for anybody in the back, but the increase in price can be dramatic. If you’re looking for a work and family vehicle, than an extended cab may be a good option. But if it’s not going to be used thoroughly, don’t pay extra! Remember, keeping in mind exactly what you need is the key to a smart pickup truck purchase without over or under spending.