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How to choose the right truck for your needs

How to choose the right truck for your needs

Selecting the Right Engine and Axle Ratio

 

Choosing the right truck isn't just about brand preference or aesthetics; it's about finding the perfect balance of utility, comfort, and value. With various sizes and types, from compact to heavy-duty trucks, the range of options can be overwhelming. But fear not; we're here to navigate you through your journey.

 

Be Ready for a Higher Investment

 

First and foremost, it's crucial to acknowledge that trucks, due to their versatility and power, come at a heftier price tag than regular cars. For instance, the average selling price for a large truck during 2019 was $49,713, with an average monthly finance payment of $713, a steep hike from the midsize car average. When budgeting for a truck, expect to make a sizeable down payment, about 15% of the total price. If the truck is for business use, consult a financial adviser and base your budget on your company's growth projections.

 

Deciding Between Midsize or Full-size? Consider Your Cargo and Destination

 

How you plan to use your truck will guide you through the buying process. If your needs are modest, a midsize truck like the Chevrolet Colorado or Toyota Tacoma will do. However, if heavy towing and cargo transportation is in your future, you'll need to consider a full-sized truck. Furthermore, knowing your user case will help you decide between a two- or four-wheel drive.

 

Picking Among Light-, Medium-, or Heavy-Duty Trucks

 

Once you know what you'll tow, consider the combined weight of your cargo and trailer. This will influence whether you should opt for a light-duty or heavy-duty truck. It's an excellent practice to overestimate your requirements slightly. A useful rule of thumb is to have about 10% more capacity than you need.

 

Selecting the Right Engine and Axle Ratio

 

Balancing power and fuel economy is a critical aspect of choosing your truck. Thanks to technological advancements, options like V6 and four-cylinder engines provide the capability of previous V8s but with better fuel economy. Diesel engines are another viable option, especially for heavy towing, but bear in mind the potentially higher ownership costs.

 

Axle ratio is another important factor affecting both your vehicle's fuel economy and towing capacity. The higher the axle ratio, the greater your towing capability, but at the cost of lower fuel efficiency.

 

Determining the Perfect Bed and Cab Size

 

Cab size directly affects your bed length. If you opt for a large cab but also need a large bed, you'll end up with a long truck that may be difficult to park or manoeuvre. You'll want to balance your space needs between passengers and cargo.

 

Selecting the Right Trim, Options, and Packages

Truck manufacturers offer a plethora of trim levels and option packages, allowing you to customize your truck to your liking. It's beneficial to compile a list of your must-have features and be prepared to be flexible, ensuring you find the best truck for your needs without prolonged waiting periods.

 

Evaluating Additional Fees and Regulations

 

Remember that owning a larger truck might require special licences or incur additional fees depending on where you live. Ensure to check with your local motor vehicle authorities before finalizing your purchase.

 

Choosing the right truck involves carefully considering factors like cost, size, duty type, engine, and more. However, by doing your research and understanding your needs, you can drive off with a truck that perfectly aligns with your lifestyle and requirements.

 

To start your journey towards truck ownership, visit us at Lincoln Township Motors. Our experienced team is ready to guide you every step of the way.

 

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