Pickup Truck
Buying Guide

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Pickup Truck Buying Guide

Getting Started

A good place to start when selecting a pickup truck is with a realistic assessment of your actual needs. If you're not planning to carry multi-ton loads or pull a very heavy trailer, then you probably don't need a full-sized heavy-duty pickup truck. A lighter-duty full-sized truck or even a compact pickup should fit the bill. If you don't need to haul dirty cargo like construction debris, mulch, or manure, another vehicle type, such as a minivan or SUV, could be a better choice. If you only need a pickup every once in a while, for some specific task, you might be better off renting one for those occasions rather than buying one and making it do double duty as a family car.