For your next work truck or other commercial vehicle, consider buying used. Here at Peters Auto Mall, we have many pre-owned options to fit your budget. Our vehicles go through a 125-point inspection, so you can rest assured you’re buying a reliable truck. Best of all, our knowledgeable staff can help you compare trucks on our lot. So, you’ll be able to find the perfect vehicle based on specific needs.
Work Truck Classes
In the United States, trucks have a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) which determines a truck’s classification. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) calls Classes 1-2 “light duty,” Classes 3-6 “medium duty,” and Classes 7-8 “heavy duty.” Here’s a little more about each class:
- Class 1 trucks are the lightest trucks with a weight limit of 6,000 pounds. Although you can use them as commercial vehicles in some situations, they also make great everyday trucks. Examples of Class 1 trucks include the Nissan Frontier and Ford Ranger.
- More specifically broken into group A and group B, Class 2 trucks have a weight limit up to 10,000 pounds. Class 2A trucks have a weight limit of between 6,001 – 8,500 pounds, while Class 2B trucks have a weight limit of 8,501 – 10,000 pounds. Popular Class 2 trucks include the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the Dodge Dakota. This class of trucks also includes the Ford F-150, which is the most popular truck in America.
- Class 3 trucks include the Ford F-350, Ram 3500, and GMC Sierra 3500. With trucks in this class, the weight limit is 10,001 – 14,000 pounds. These are the lightest of the medium duty trucks.
- In Class 4, you’ll find trucks with a weight limit of 14,001 – 16,000 pounds, such as the Chevrolet Silverado 3500.
- Class 5 trucks have a 16,001 – 19,500-pound weight limit. This class includes very large pickups and smaller conventional-cab trucks, such as the International TerraStar.
- Although Class 6 trucks are medium duty, this class moves away from pickup style trucks. The weight limit on these trucks is 19,501 – 26,000 pounds.
- Class 7 and 8 – we lump them together because they are beyond what most people need for a work truck. These trucks require CDLs and includes dump trucks and semis.
Why Classification can be Confusing
When buying a work truck for business use, you might be confused about the terms “light-duty” and “heavy-duty.” In some cases, these terms refer to the size of pickups that don’t necessarily match up with how the FHWA uses the same terms. Most of the trucks you’ll find from a dealership or used car lot are light-duty trucks (Classes 1-2). A few smaller medium-duty pickup trucks may also be available. However, people may refer to larger pickups in Class 2B and Class 3 as “heavy-duty” trucks. They are really only heavy-duty compared to other popular pickups.
Some people also refer to light duty trucks by a “ton” rating (half-ton, three-quarter-ton, and one ton). Initially, this referred to a pickup truck’s payload capacity. However, this now typically refers to the size of the truck.
Other Work Vehicles
Although work trucks are popular for business use, you can also consider a van or SUV. If you run a business, you may want to consider an owner’s pickup truck plus a fleet of other vehicles. This allows your employees to drive the right vehicle for any job.
Typically, we classify vans as minivans, cargo vans, or passenger vans, and SUVs as small or standard. Minivans and cargo vans have a weight limit of up of 8,500 pounds. Alternatively, passenger vans have a weight capacity of up to 10,000 pounds, but are best for transporting people. Most people like cargo vans for business use. Small SUVs are those with a weight limit of up to 6,000 pounds, while standard SUVs have higher weight limits. They are less traditional for use as work vehicles, but it depends on your needs.
No matter what kind of work truck or other vehicle you want, shopping for a used version can save money. We’ll help you trade in your car, which makes sense for many people. You can click here to learn more about how we determine what your trade-in vehicle is worth. Then, we’ll help you search for the right truck for your needs. What works for one person may not be best for another. So, shop at Peters Auto Mall, where we have knowledgeable staff who truly care about finding you the best truck.
Click here to contact us for an appointment. Here’s a list of what to bring along if you are trading in a vehicle. If you aren’t sure, simply stop by any time during our open hours to browse the lot. Or call us at either location, in High Point at 336-434-1600 or in Greensboro at 336-434-1610.