Shopping for used pick-up trucks can be quite a large task. There are many used vehicles available on the market these days, but the question many people ask themselves is exactly why the used pick-up is being sold in the first place. Of course there are always people who just decide that it is time for a new vehicle, but there are plenty of other used trucks that are on the market because they just have a lot of problems. Let’s take a look at the best and worst pick-up trucks that can be purchased used. In general, the best and worst ratings have been made by automobile and consumer publications and organizations, based on how well these trucks perform over a period of several years.
Small used pick-ups
Pick-up trucks can be separated by size. Ford rules the smaller pick-up category with its Ford Ranger, according to Edmunds. Also The Mazda B-series also gets good reviews when it comes to lasting for a long time, although it may be a bit more difficult to find the Mazda trucks because they simply aren’t as popular as the Ford trucks.
There are also some smaller pick-up trucks that you should watch out for. The Chevrolet S-10 generally has poor reviews in the higher mileage area. Consumer Reports listed it as one of the worst used vehicles you could buy because it just isn’t reliable after the first few years. In some cases, you may be able to find a Chevy S-10 for less than $5,000, which may be a good deal if it is not the four-wheel drive version. Some of the regular S-10s do last for quite a while, as long as you aren’t dealing with the four-wheel drive, so check the vehicle out carefully if considering a Chevy S-10 that is used. Also the GMC Sonoma gets poor marks when it comes to reliability later in the vehicle’s life, so steer clear of used Sonomas as well.
When it comes to mid-sized trucks, the one that stands out above the rest is the Dodge Dakota Sport. This truck has a lot more space inside of it, and the driver sits high on the road, as opposed to smaller pick-ups in which the driver is closer to the ground. In many cases, you should be able to purchase a used Dodge Dakota Sport for less than $5,000. Just be wary of the Dodge Dakota 4-wheel drive, which is different than the Dakota Sport. The 4-wheel drive version of this vehicle made Consumer Reports’ listing for repeat offenders when it comes to used vehicles.
Large used pick-up trucks
For the full-size category, we return once again to Ford. The Ford F-150 made Edmunds’ list for best large pickup. Also AOL Autos notes that many Ford F-150s can be found for less than $5,000, especially if they are from the 1990s. .
There really aren’t any full-sized pick-ups to watch out for specifically if you are purchasing a used one, but it is pretty hard to go wrong with a Ford.