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Steps to Buying a Truck: What Do You Need to Know First?

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Are you curious about buying a truck? We’ve put together a list of the various steps to the process, from finding the pickup that’s right for you to purchasing. Naturally, the car-buying process various from person to person; however, there are some important steps to buying a truck to keep in mind when shopping around.

First, according to Edmunds, it’s important to budget accordingly. The average car sells for roughly $25,000. However, the average truck sells for about $45,000. Trucks are larger, with added capabilities, components, and technologies—one reason they can be more expensive. Budgeting will help you find a truck that’s within your price range as well as practical.

Next, you’ll have to choose between light-duty, medium-duty, or heavy-duty. These are the three basic criteria of production trucks on the market, and most are divided into categories like 1500, 2500, and 3500. There’s a trade-off between fuel economy and towing capacity, so it’s important to know what you plan on using your truck for. If you need it for hauling heavy loads for work, consider a heavy-duty truck. If you simply want a truck to have the option to tow and haul every once in a while, a light-duty truck might be right for you.

Finally, find the right bed and cab size. This also gets back to use—do you need a truck for carrying people, payloads, or both? Extended cabs are great for fitting people, but they can be more expensive. Meanwhile, short beds often improve fuel economy and handling, though they limit what you can carry.

For more information about choosing the right truck, stop by Crawford Buick GMC today. We have a huge selection of trucks to select from, including a range of options and trims.