Pickup trucks are some of the most diverse and versatile vehicles on the road today. Once the vehicle of choice for farmers and laborers, today’s truck is built with a great assortment of safety, entertainment, and creature comfort features, making it just as useful as family transportation for Georgia drivers as it is for commercial purposes. One of the best ways to buy a truck is used, giving you a great vehicle at an affordable price. This is where your Atlanta used truck dealership comes into play. At Rick Hendrick Buick GMC in Duluth, we offer you a great assortment of used pickup trucks, so you are sure to find the one that suits your purposes the best.
Our wide variety of used midsize, full-size, and heavy-duty trucks from all different makes and models puts you in the driver’s seat when you are making your selection. This is crucial since not all trucks are the same, and it is important to make sure you buy the used pickup truck that provides the capabilities you need in your vehicle. For example, some trucks are built for off-roading, while others are designed to give you the maximum amount of payload and towing capacity. Let’s take a look at some of the key things to consider when you visit our dealership.
Not every truck is the same, and choosing the right used truck will require an understanding of each of these things. There are no right or wrong answers here but rather what is best for you and your needs.
There are three different sizes of truck. Midsize trucks are the smallest, with a wheelbase that is similar to a midsize SUV. Many manufacturers actually use the same frame for their midsize truck as for their SUV, which is why these are ideal for first-time truck buyers. Their smaller size makes them more maneuverable. However, they will also have smaller payloads, so they are not the best if your goal is to carry a lot of stuff. Some automakers also use midsize trucks as a platform for their specialized off-road vehicles, like the GMC Canyon AT4.
The broadest and most versatile category of trucks is the full-size truck. These are also known as half-ton trucks since they were initially designed to carry up to a half-ton of payload. This is also why many, like the GMC Sierra 1500 and Ram 1500, have that number after their name. There are more full-size trucks built than either of the other two size categories because they are so versatile, ranging from utilitarian work trucks with vinyl seats and few amenities to super-luxury full-size trucks like the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali with leather seats, premium audio systems, and luxurious interiors.
The largest trucks fall into the heavy-duty truck category. These will often have a number after their name, like 2500 or 3500, signifying their ability to carry heavier payloads than the other two truck sizes. In general, these will cost more than a midsize or full-size truck of the same make and trim level, even if you are buying one used. Also, you should keep in mind that the EPA does not provide fuel economy ratings for heavy-duty trucks since their weight puts them into a commercial vehicle category. This is the case even if you intend to use your heavy-duty truck solely for recreational purposes.
Most automakers offer their trucks with at least two of three different cab styles. A Regular Cab has one row of seats with two full-size doors. Some come with a bench seat that will hold up to 3 passengers, while others go with 2 individual seats. The Extended or Double Cab has two rows of seats with two full-size doors and two half-doors in the back. These can hold between 4 and 5 passengers depending on the rear seat type. Some manufacturers use half-doors that swing backward to make it easier to get access to the rear seats.
The largest cab style is the Crew Cab, which has two rows of seats and four full-size doors. The rear row of seats on a Crew Cab will have more legroom than the one on the Extended or Double Cab, making it more comfortable for rear-seat passengers on long trips. However, used trucks with Crew Cabs will generally cost more than the same make, model, trim, year, and mileage with Extended, Double, or Regular cabs.
GVWR stands for gross vehicle weight rating. This is the maximum total amount of weight under which a truck can operate. You start with the total curb weight of the used truck, which is available from the manufacturer, just like the GVWR. This will include things like any accessories on the truck and aftermarket items, as well as the type of powertrain and drivetrain. You can then subtract this number from the GVWR to find out how much cargo and passengers can be safely transported on the truck at the same time. The automaker will test its trucks during the design process to determine the load-bearing limits of its suspension, axles, frame, and wheels. If the GVWR is exceeded, you may run the risk of causing serious damage to your truck.
We all love the ability to carry large amounts of cargo, which is a big reason why we drive pickup trucks. Nevertheless, not all pickup trucks can carry the same amount of cargo. Two things will affect this. First, we cannot exceed the GVWR when loading up our trucks. If we do, then we will not be able to drive our trucks safely. Second, we are limited by the size of the payload bed. Some trucks have short beds, others have standard beds, while some have extended or long beds. If you have a truck with a short bed, you should try to avoid hauling things like long galvanized steel pipes and wooden floor joists since these will stick out the back of your bed, creating a traffic hazard.
In general, heavy-duty trucks will have larger payload capacities than full-size and midsize trucks. Also, within each category, there are trucks that can haul more payload than others depending on make, model, trim, drivetrain, and powertrain. For example, a rear-wheel drive truck with a powertrain that delivers more torque will probably have a larger payload capacity based on weight than the same truck with four-wheel drive and a smaller engine.
Each truck has a maximum towing capacity. This is the amount of weight that can be safely towed behind your truck. In general, this number is usually higher than the payload capacity since the majority of a truck’s weight will rest on its rear axles. A number of different things will affect a truck’s tow rating.
Midsize trucks have lower towing capacity than full-size and heavy-duty trucks. This is because they are lighter. A truck with rear-wheel drive will have a higher tow rating than four-wheel drive since more weight is resting on its rear axle. This is also the case with cab configuration since Crew Cabs and Extended or Double Cabs place more weight in the front of the truck than a Regular Cab. Finally, your choice of powertrain can also affect the tow rating, as an engine with greater torque will usually boost the tow rating on the same truck with a smaller engine.
Most trucks come with a standard hitch. While this is usually sufficient for most drivers, if you buy the same truck with a gooseneck hitch and/or a fifth wheel, you will be able to tow even heavier trailers. This is because the fifth wheel increases the weight of the rear axle, while a gooseneck does a better job of distributing the weight than a standard hitch. Many used trucks will have this type of equipment as either factory-installed or aftermarket.
When you stop into Rick Hendrick Buick GMC Duluth, you are going to be pleasantly surprised by our great inventory of used trucks. Everything from Ford F-150 to GMC Sierra can be found here. Even though we are a GMC dealership, we handle all makes and models of used trucks. If you are looking for a used midsize truck like a GMC Canyon or Toyota Tacoma, we have many great trucks to choose from. If you want a used full-size truck, we have so many different trims of the Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500, and Chevy Silverado 1500 to choose from. You will have no problem finding one, even if you are looking for one with a specific engine or drivetrain.
If your needs run to a used heavy-duty truck, then your search is over. We carry a great selection of used GMC Sierra 2500HD, Chevy Silverado 1500HD, and Ford F-250 and F-350 trucks; the only hard part is making up your mind about which of these used trucks to make your own.
Rick Hendrick Buick GMC Duluth is your best bet for your next used truck. Whether you live or work in Atlanta, you know the value of getting the most for your money in a hassle-free environment. Our commitment to customer enthusiasm and integrity is second to none. Every team member here at Rick Hendrick Buick GMC Duluth puts you, our customer, first, regardless of whether you are here to buy your next used truck, get your current vehicle serviced, or looking for an offer on a vehicle you are selling.