When purchasing a car, you may be looking for a lot of things, such as style, comfort, and affordability. However, buying a truck is different; a truck is an investment. Trucks aren't just built to last longer (especially diesel trucks), but they're also intended to fulfill specific services such as towing and hauling. Because of that, you may need to adjust your line of thinking a bit when you invest in a truck. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
A Truck Will Generally Be More Expensive
You can safely assume that your truck is going to be more expensive than a car. Of course, you can reduce the amount that you're spending by picking up a used (or certified pre-owned) truck, but you should still expect to pay more than you would for an average mid-sized car. It makes sense because a truck is going to have additional features. But also don't forget that a truck is going to require more expensive insurance and likely more expensive fuel as well. Budget accordingly before you begin to shop.
Begin With the Type of Truck You Want
Trucks come classified as light, medium, or heavy duty. Though it may seem like heavier is better, you also need to keep in mind that the maintenance and gas costs go up substantially the heavier the vehicle is. Instead, you should get the vehicle that is best suited for what you want to do. Most people want a light-duty or medium-duty truck; a light-duty truck can function as an everyday driver and a medium-duty truck can safely haul things like boats and trailers. A heavy duty truck is often used for more extensive work and commercial labor. You need to think about the hauling capacity you need before finding the right truck.
Choose Your Bed and Cab
Once you know what type of truck you want, it's time to customize. This is where a truck shines as an investment, as it's far easier to customize than a traditional car. Your cab size should support the number of individuals you'll often be transporting, and your bed should be purchased for the load that you'll carry most often. Remember that choosing a truck that is too large could substantially increase your costs. Though you may want a four-door cab, it's possible that you won't often be transporting more than a single passenger, and then your investment may go to waste.
Selecting Between Gas and Diesel
Finally, you're going to have to choose whether you want the gas version or diesel version of your truck. For cars, gas-powered is more popular, but diesel trucks are more commonplace for a reason. Diesel trucks can be more expensive upfront, but they'll be simpler and easier to maintain. They will be more reliable, last longer, and be less expensive to fill up at the pump.
Ready to choose your truck? Remember, even though a truck is an investment, what you're going to do with your investment matters. Take some time to consider what you need out of your truck before moving forward, and you'll get something that is perfect for your needs and budget. If you're ready to start looking, contact us at Cambridge Truck today.