Used Cars: Pickup Truck Wars Rage On

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HeaderSevere winter weather in the Northern U.S. has forced the big-three major automakers to extend money saving incentives on popular pickup truck models into March. That translates into a major influx of high-quality, low-mileage, used trucks into the used truck market. Whether you are looking to purchase a used truck for work or play, don’t miss this opportunity to save big on exactly the right truck at exactly the right price. Take advantage of used car websites like for the greatest selection and best price on a top-quality used car, truck, van, or SUV.

Half-Ton Pickup Trucks (Ford F-150, Chevrolet/GMC 1500, Ram 1500, Toyota Tundra, Nissan Titan)

RamOne of the most popular modes of transportation in North America is the full-sized half-ton pickup. They are available in a wide variety of configurations from the opulently luxurious “Cowboy-Cadillacs” to basic work trucks. Cab and chassis layouts range from basic two-door standard cabs to passenger friendly crew-cab varieties with four-doors. Bed setups also vary, with long beds and short beds being the most popular choices, but step-sides, utility boxes, and stake bodies also have a place in there, somewhere. Half-ton pickups are usually powered by v6 and v8 gasoline engines but diesel and hybrid power-plants are starting to come on strong, as well. Two and four-wheel drive options are out there just waiting for you to come along and save thousands of dollars. This class of pickup is ideal for anyone who needs a truck for outdoor recreational activities, farm activities, or light construction. It is not designed to haul trailers and campers (at least not any larger than a small lawnmower trailer).

Three-Quarter-Ton Pickup Trucks (Ford F-250, Chevrolet/GMC 2500, Ram 2500)

three quarter tonThis mid-range full-sized pickup is often equipped with a big-block gasoline engine or even a diesel. The three-quarter-ton pickup is ideal for those who don’t pull heavy trailers and campers on a daily basis but need the extra chassis strength, occasionally. They are also available in two or four-wheel drive versions with as much or as little in the way of elegant interior trappings as your heart desires. Three-quarter-ton trucks are great for hauling heavier payloads than the half-ton little brother. They are made with heavier suspension systems, axles, and frame components. Many three-quarter-ton pickups are virtually identical in appearance to half-ton units but are capable of hauling superior payloads. Most three-quarter-ton trucks are fitted with long beds and configured with extended or four-door cabs. This gives the truck added balance, as well as extra passenger and cargo capacity.

One-Ton Pickup Trucks (Ford F-350, Chevrolet/GMC 3500, Ram 3500)

One tonIf you need dual-rear wheels and maximum torque, then you need a one-ton truck. Available in two and four-wheel drive configurations, one-ton trucks are typically geared lower for that extra little punch that you need when hauling heavy trailers and campers over hill and dale. Available with single or dual-rear wheel setups, they are the perfect solution for fifth-wheel livestock trailers and fifth-wheel campers. Lately they have also seen a trend towards more luxurious interiors and exteriors with added curb appeal on the monstrous pickups. Nothing gives you peace of mind like knowing that you have the power to pull your load across any mountain range and the suspension and brakes to stop when you get there. If you pull heavy campers and trailers regularly, then you need a one-ton truck.

You can save thousands of dollars on low mileage used trucks in any of these classes. Why pay more to get more? You can get the right truck at the right price, used. Literally, millions of used trucks are waiting for you on used car websites, right now.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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