No matter what kind of job you’re looking to do, pickup trucks are well-equipped with capabilities that will help you work and play hard.

Trucks and pickup trucks are often referred to as the “workhorses of the auto industry,” according to the NADA Guides. For people who work in farming, construction, and other heavy duty industries, a good pickup truck with plenty of capabilities like towing, engine size, and horsepower are worth their weight in gold. In some parts of the country, pickup trucks are sought-after more than other vehicles, which makes them have lower depreciation and higher resale value.

When it comes to buying a used vehicle, a truck can be a practical and economical choice. There are plenty of durable trucks on the market that are perfect for work in various industries and can also be used just for fun.

Towing and Hauling

If you’re looking for heavy-duty towing capacity, used trucks with trailer-sway control, high-torque engine, tough chassis, and above-average suspension system capabilities are important to consider, especially if the vehicle will be used for heavy hauling.

Another fantastic towing feature to consider in your used pickup truck purchase is a model equipped with dual rear wheels. Check out late models of the GMC Sierra 1500 SLE, which can trailer up to 5,000 lbs. Whether it comes to towing or hauling, there’s a truck that fits your needs both at work and on the weekends.

Accessories and Resale Value

When looking for your next used pickup truck, consider which base model has the best accessories to fit your needs, whether for work, on-the-job, or hobby time. One helpful option many people find indispensable is Nissan’s sliding bed and Utili-Track System, which is ideal for those who need easy access to a bed full of cargo.

Next, research resale values, or how much you can expect to sell the truck for, and compare what you’re willing to spend on your used pickup truck. Research vehicle values through the NADA or Kelley Blue Book, which breaks down pricing by options, mileage, and retail versus wholesale values.

Miles Per Gallon

If maintaining great performance while utilizing minimal fuel is a need, there are pickup truck models which achieve above-average miles per gallon. The vehicle’s body weight is also important to consider, especially if efficiency is a must.

Lastly, it is always best to check the Carfax on the vehicle prior to purchase. The Carfax report will provide any insurance claims that have been made regarding damage to the vehicle. This ensures you get the best value for your money and more cash in your pocket.

No matter what kind of job you’re looking to do, pickup trucks are well-equipped with capabilities that will help you work and play hard.

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About the AuthorDiana Merrill Claussen

With over a decade as a journalist I find inspiration everyday. Whether in test driving a new vehicle, interviewing amazing people, reviewing technology, learning about new things, going on adventures, or visiting new and exciting venues. I have covered almost every subject imaginable from interviewing race legends to those who have overcome extreme hardships and now help others to do the same. This is called life - I'm thankful I get to report on it!