Which Is the Best Work Truck For My Business?
Americans love their trucks. From the earliest days of the automobile, people wanted pickups. Before companies manufactured trucks, consumers were converting Model T cars into pickups. Seeing a lucrative market, Henry Ford introduced the Model TT in 1917. Eager to cash in on this market, Chevrolet introduced the One-Ton soon after and the pickup war was on. Today, both companies continue to manufacture quality pickup trucks. Which leads us to the question, which is the best work truck, Ford or Chevrolet?
Often, you’ll find diehard fans in both categories. Both manufacture rugged, reliable pickups built to last and get the job done. But with some new trucks approaching the price of $100,000, you may want to try the used car market. When looking for a used car dealer with a large inventory of pickups, shop Peters Auto Mall. We have many different work truck solutions to meet your needs. Plus, we have financing options to meet your company’s budget.
Of All the Work Trucks, Which Should I Buy?
Shopping for a pickup can be confusing, especially if this is your first truck purchase. You’ll see advertisements for mid or full-size, light or heavy-duty, different size cabs, and towing capacity. Then there are also trim packages and optional equipment. Which one should you buy?
First, think about how you plan on using the truck. You’ll want a different type of truck if you’re driving around town or hauling heavy equipment. Bigger trucks are better for pulling heavier loads or holding more cargo, but they’re also harder to maneuver and park. Additionally, full-size trucks are less fuel-efficient than their smaller counterparts.
However, you may need the power of a full-size pickup for its towing or payload capacity. In addition to pulling heavy equipment for work, full-size trucks can pull your camper or boat. But not all full-size trucks have the same towing capacity. Even among full-size pickups, towing capacity can range from 9,000 to 13,200 pounds.
How Important Is Torque in A Commercial Vehicle?
If you’re buying a pickup for heavy towing ability, you want a truck with a high torque rating. Torque provides power when you need to haul a heavy load. A truck’s engine configuration is one component of changing torque output. The amount of torque an engine can produce is directly related to the amount of airflow through an engine. Larger engines can pump more air and thus produce more torque.
Also, diesel engines can produce more torque than gasoline engines. This is largely due to the differences between diesel and gasoline engine design. The stroke length, combustion, and compression combine to produce more torque. Additionally, diesel fuel has 10-15% more energy than gasoline. With more energy, you’ll produce more power for hauling heavier loads.
However, torque is only part of the story. For example, the truck’s weight helps determine how much a truck can haul. When manufacturers determine the towing ability, they use the weight of the truck as a factor. Torque weight, the force exerted on the trailer hitch ball also affects the pickup’s towing ability. Axle ratio is another component. As you can see, there are many factors for determining towing capacity. This explains the wide variance of torque rating among similar pickups.
Cab Sizes and Bed Sizes
Pickup trucks have 4 cab configurations: regular, extended cab, crew, extended crew. Seating configuration varies among styles, seating from 2-6 people. Truck manufacturers have different names for cab sizes making truck shopping even more confusing. You need to base most of your decision on how much passenger room and cargo area you will need.
A regular cab is the smallest with 2 doors and a single row of seating. This cab configuration has become less popular among consumers resulting in decreased production. The next size, the extended cab may have either 2 or 4 doors, depending on the manufacturer. If they do have 4 doors, the rear doors are smaller and may be rear-hinged. Although this cab size does have a second set of seats, they are smaller than the front ones.
Crew cabs are the most popular style of new trucks. Equipped with 4 full-size doors, these trucks can accommodate up to 6 people depending on the style seating. Generally, crew cabs offer more space in the rear seating than extended cabs.
Extended crew cabs are the largest cabs available. A spacious rear seat provides ample legroom for even adults. Plus, this size cab gives you extra storage space behind the back seats.
When considering your cab size, keep in mind what size truck bed you need. Typically, manufacturers build bed sizes in proportion to the cab size. A smaller cab will allow more bed sizes. While trucks with larger cabs have fewer bed configurations.
Bed sizes may be short, standard, or long. Exact measurements vary slightly by manufacturer. Generally, short beds are 5 feet, standard are 6.5 feet, and long are 8 feet in length.
Trim Packages and Other Options for Work Trucks
When manufacturers build a truck, they create different levels of features to identify their products. Auto companies call these special features trim packages. Manufacturers designate trim packages by letters or names. Thus, a Chevrolet Silverado may be a Silverado LT or a Silverado High Country. Often, truck manufacturers have multiple trim levels available from a base to a luxurious model.
Options are features that aren’t standard equipment with the trim package. Often, some options can make the vehicle safer or change the driving experience. While others are more personalized, adding to the comfort or convenience of the driver.
Some extra optional equipment you may want are extra storage, cruise control, or a trailer sway control system. Many times, these added features can be quite expensive in a brand-new truck. However, you can afford more of these options when you shop the used pickup truck market.
Then Which Is Better, Ford or Chevrolet?
Asking which automaker is better is like asking if peas are better than carrots for nutrition. Both companies dominate the pickup truck market and make quality trucks. You will need to compare brands against your specific needs for performance, price, reliability, safety, fuel efficiency, and interior design.
While some of these factors are easy to compare, others are more of a personal preference. For example, the interior design must be attractive and functional. However, comfort is subjective and this can only be determined by taking the truck for a test drive.
Even experts aren’t clear on rating one brand over the other for these factors. Thus, after determining your needs, it’s time to start your research. You can compare performance and reliability by reviewing online ratings. US News & World Report compares different categories of trucks for reliability and cost of ownership. Additionally, you can check individual trucks with a vehicle history report.
What About Safety Ratings?
Even if you’re only going to use your pickup as a work truck, you still want to stay safe. Standard safety equipment typically includes items like airbags and anti-lock brakes. New vehicles may also have a rearview camera, curve control, or forward collision warning. Both the IIHS and NHTSA provide crash and safety information for many types of vehicles including pickups.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an organization dedicated to reducing loss from motor vehicle crashes. This organization works in conjunction with the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) which publishes insurance loss by vehicle. IIHS performs crash tests evaluating crashworthiness and crash avoidance. Simply input the year, make, and model of any truck, and you’ll see their detailed report.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also conducts crash tests. It’s the only organization that rates rollover resistance, in addition to frontal and side crashworthiness. The NHTSA awards vehicles a 5-star rating based on its performance. Additionally, NHSTA provides recall information on vehicles.
Benefits of Buying A Used Truck
Brand new trucks are quite expensive. If you’re looking at a higher-end trim model, expect to pay between $60,000 and $70,000. Whereas if you buy a used truck, you can get an equivalent model for about half the price. When you browse our pickup inventory, you’ll find most with less than 50,000 miles on them. Some even have less than 25,000.
Moreover, your truck will depreciate greatly in the first year of ownership. Depreciation is a reduction in the value of your pickup due to your usage. Simply by driving it off the lot changes its status from new to used. This alone will cause a drop in value by about 10%.
In addition, U.S. automakers no longer make small, compact pickups like they did years ago. Today’s small trucks are actually mid-size vehicles. If you need a smaller sized work truck, you’ll only be able to find it in the used car market.
Plus, you’ll save on fees based on the value of the truck. In North Carolina, the DMV collects a 3% highway use tax every time an owner transfers the title. North Carolina also levies a yearly property tax based on the worth of your car. Finally, your auto insurer also bases your premiums on the value of your car. You can save hundreds alone on all these fees when your first purchase your pickup, if you buy a used vehicle instead of a new one. Additionally, you’ll save money over the years with a vehicle that has a lower value.
What If You Want to Sell Your Pickup?
It’s not often you see a car dealership advertising to buy your old automobile, truck or work van. Yet, at Peters Auto Mall, we’re looking for vehicles to purchase. The process is fast and only takes about 15 minutes. Plus, you don’t need an appointment. Simply bring your vehicle down to one of our 3 lots. We’re located on both South and North Main Street in High Point, and on Market Street in Greensboro.
Our appraisers will examine your car from top to bottom. Within a few minutes, we’ll present you with an offer. If you accept it, we’ll handle all the paperwork and give you a check on the spot. Best of all, there’s no pressure to buy anything from us, ever! You can take up to 7 days to make a decision, after we tell you the amount that we’ll pay for your vehicle. We’ve been in business for over 27 years and have built a solid reputation on fair deals.
Where to Get A Great Deal on A Used Work Truck
Owning a pickup may be necessary for your business, but brand-new trucks are very expensive. Buying a used truck can give you the vehicle you need while staying within your budget. When shopping for quality pre-owned trucks, shop Peters Auto Mall. Whether you need a truck, van or SUV for your business, we have a large stock of all types of gently-used vehicles.
Started in 1993 by Kevin and Angie Peters, we believe car buying should be an enjoyable experience. That’s why we treat everyone like family and offer different options when it comes to buying a vehicle. For example, you can buy your pickup truck entirely online without ever having to visit our showroom. We’ll handle all the paperwork and deliver your vehicle to your front door. Check out our inventory from the comfort of your own home.
Additionally, we have financing options for everyone with monthly payments you can afford. Let us find financing for you, no matter your current credit rating. Plus, our pre-approval process is fast and easy.
Buying a work truck for your business doesn’t have to be a long and tedious project. We’re here to help you find the pickup you need. Simply call us at 336-434-1600 to get the process started. When you’re looking for a quality used vehicle, we have the experience you can count on.