Tips for First-Time Truck Buyers

There was a time when shopping for a truck meant that you probably had a specific use in mind and this might even have helped to narrow down your choices. However, with so many trucks carrying options that make them more than just utility vehicles, more and more people are considering them for other uses such as family vehicles, or simply because they like the way they look. No matter what you intend to use your truck for, your options are endless!

According to, if you already have a general idea for how your truck will be used and your ideal price range, it's possible to research your options online. You can also opt to talk with a dealer and avail of their assistance in finding the right fit for your needs. Here are some tips on how to decide what kind of truck is right for you:


Of course staying within your budget is important, but how do you decide what your budget should be? If you are buying a truck for personal reasons then you should follow the same rule that applies to car shopping - the 20% rule. Your payments should not be more than 20% of your total take-home pay.


Again is this truck going to be used for personal, work, or recreational use? If you are buying for work then you probably already have guidelines like budget, cab size, etc. But those who need a truck for personal or recreational use usually have more questions. Trucks, these days, are rated by what they can carry, here are some examples:

  • Light-Duty
    Class 1 gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 0-6000 lb. (trucks like Toyota Tacoma, Dodge Dakota, and GMC Canyon.)
    Class 2 gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 6001-10000 lb. (trucks like Dodge Ram 2500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500, and the F-250.)
    Class 3 gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 10001-14000 lb. (trucks like Dodge Ram 3500, Ford F -350, and the Hummer H2.)
  • Medium-Duty
    Class 4 gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 14001-16000 lb. (trucks like Ford F-450, Dodge Ram 4500, and the GMC 4500.)
    Class 5 gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 16001-19500 lb. (trucks like GMC 5500, Dodge Ram 5500, and the Ford F-550.)
    Class 6 gross vehicle weight rating ranges from 19501-26000 lb. (trucks like International Durastar, and GMC Topkick.)
  • Heavy-Duty
    Class 7 vehicles in this class and above require a class B license to operate. (Trucks like GMC C7500.)
    Class 8 This class is anything above 33000 lb. (trucks like tractor trailers and Freightliner M2 116.)

Engine Type

Compact trucks have 4, 5, 6, and 8 cylinder engines for a variety of buyers. When choosing the type of engine it's important to balance between having the power you want and getting good fuel economy. For example, diesel engines are better for towing heavy loads at low speeds.

Cab and Bed Sizes

Work Truck
The regular cab is a classic work truck; it has one row of seats with limited space between them.
Crew Cab Trucks
Crew Cab Trucks have four doors and a big backseat.
Mega Cab Trucks
A Mega Cab Truck has even more leg room in the front and back seats; of course a bigger cab can mean that your truck bed will be shorter.
Truck Bed Sizes
Truck bed sizes are about 5.5 feet, 6.5 feet, and 8 feet.

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