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 Atlanta 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 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 of 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 a lot of different details. There are no right or wrong answers here but rather what is best for you and your needs.
There are three different sizes of trucks. Midsize trucks are the smallest, with a wheelbase that is similar to a midsize SUV. Some manufacturers actually use the same frame for their midsize truck as for their midsize SUV, which is why these are ideal for first-time truck buyers. Their smaller size makes them more maneuverable and a good fit for the streets of Atlanta. Some automakers also offer midsize trucks that are designed for off-roading, like the GMC Canyon AT4. However, they will also have smaller payloads, so they are not the best if your goal is to carry a lot of stuff.
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. These are usually identified by a 1500 in the name, like the GMC Sierra 1500 and Ram 1500. 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 2500 or 3500 after their name, 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 like towing a boat up to Lake Lanier.
Most automakers offer their trucks in two or 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 three passengers, while others go with two 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 usually hold four or five 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 similar pickups with Extended, Double, or Regular cabs.
GVWR stands for gross vehicle weight rating. This is the maximum total amount of weight at 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 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, and some have long beds. If you have a truck with a short bed, you should try to avoid hauling things like long pipes or pieces of lumber since these will stick out the back of your bed, creating a traffic hazard.
In general, heavy-duty trucks will have higher payload capacities than full-size and midsize trucks. Also, there are trucks within each category 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 higher payload capacity than the same truck with four-wheel drive and a smaller engine.
Each used 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 only a fraction of a trailer's weight will rest on the truck's rear axle. 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 pickup with rear-wheel drive will usually have a higher tow rating than a used truck with four-wheel drive since a rear-wheel drive truck is usually lighter. This is also the case with cab configuration since Crew Cabs and Extended or Double Cabs place more weight on the frame 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 over 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 or a fifth wheel hitch, you will be able to tow even heavier trailers. This is because a fifth wheel or gooseneck does a better job of distributing the weight of a trailer than a standard hitch. Many used trucks will have this type of equipment either factory-installed or added by a previous owner.
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. You will have no problem finding the right truck, 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.
As a GMC dealership, we are big fans of the people over at General Motors who work hard to lead in the industry in vehicle production, especially large vehicles. Chevy is another branch of GM, and the Chevy Silverado 1500 is a pickup that sets the example for other leading brands. With amazing and innovative engineering options which allow for leading performance capabilities, innovative cargo bed design, and leading safety and infotainment technology, the Silverado 1500 is a well-rounded truck that continues to grow in popularity, both among drivers and critics.
One of the most exciting things about the Silverado 1500 is its innovative towing capabilities and towing technology. You'll be amazed at how easy trailering is with this fantastic truck! Because used Silverados offer more than one engine option in addition to a variety of trims, your trucking experience is customizable; so, whatever is important to you, whether it's off-roading or towing, can be at the forefront in your Silverado. If you want some great trim options, we suggest looking at the 2018 model year, which added some exciting trims to the Silverado lineup. Of course, trucking requires extra safety awareness, which is another reason to go with the Silverado: Chevy is a true leader in safety technology, and the Silverado greatly benefits from it. So, if you are looking to take your trucking game to the next level and be safe doing it, a used Silverado 1500 is in our lot and waiting for you!
The Ram 1500 is a monster of a truck that will provide you with a versatile trucking experience fit for the road, the trail, or the worksite. Like the Silverado, the Ram 1500 offers several engine options, making sure that you can prioritize your priorities. While a used Ram 1500 certainly can hold its own off the road, we think this vehicle is perfect for Atlanta driver looking for a serious work truck. Whether it's for a business or just for personal work, you want to make sure that your truck is up to the task, and the Ram 1500 works overtime to make sure that it's working just as hard as you are.
When it comes to purchasing a workhorse of a truck, you want to make sure that it has the architecture to back itself up, and the Ram 1500 is designed with a high-strength body to give you the foundation you need to work hard and play hard. Pair that architecture with some great engines, premium technology, and classy design features, and you're in for a treat. For those focused on strength, we think that a used Ram 1500 will serve you well, and we'll happily get you behind the wheel so you can see for yourself.
As a pioneer of American automobiles, Ford can make a fine truck. The F-series trucks have a rich history behind them, and this history is displayed in the architecture, engineering, and technological aspects of the F-150. While all the trucks we are talking about have impressive performance specs, a used F-150 will have some of the highest performance numbers around. But it's not just about numbers, especially not for the F-150.
With Ford's very specific trims, you'll be able to choose your own adventure in the F-150. This already-versatile vehicle can focus on one of its many talents depending upon your trim selection. But, regardless of what trim you choose, the F-150 is perfect for anyone looking for a classic trucking experience. It is a fun truck that is also highly capable and will serve you well in all kinds of circumstances and needs. In recent years, the F-150 has increased its available outlet capacity in the pickup bed, meaning it's easy to connect and get to work even in a remote area away from Atlanta. So, if you want a classic truck that can come through for you on the trail, the worksite, and the road, the Ford F-150 may just be the right truck for you.
It goes without saying that we think GMC stands a cut above the rest, and when it comes to large vehicle production, the brand speaks for itself. When we discussed the Silverado, we mentioned the excellence of General Motors, and this excellence is truly apparent in the GMC Sierra. This champion of a truck is one of the most stylish, highly-performing, and tech-savvy trucks you'll find anywhere. One of the reasons we think so highly of GMC is that its trims are consistent, easy to understand, and available across the whole lineup.
With the SLE and SLT trims, you'll have a strong and versatile Sierra, ready to take whatever you throw at it. If you go with the Denali trim, you'll see the brilliance of a used truck as a luxury vehicle; the Denali trim really gives the Sierra a sleekness that turns it into a real luxury vehicle. If outdoors athleticism is your thing, then recent model years will provide you with the option of a used Sierra AT4, which is a fierce off-roading trim that redefines what an off-roading vehicle can be. The Sierra is an extremely versatile truck, and none of its trims cancel out the main features of the other one––all of these trims are highly capable and extremely stylish; it just depends on which aspect you want emphasized.
Never underestimate Toyota. While it may not be the first brand to come to mind when you're looking for a full-size truck, the Tundra stands out, even among its competitors. One of the most exciting things about this truck is the versatility of its exterior appearance. With a wide variety of lively color options, you'll be able to have either the subtle and rustic look of a tried and true pickup or the exciting and vibrant look of a brand-new cruiser. Either way, this used truck will perform well with strong engineering and top-notch architecture. Your whole perception of Toyota may be altered by this experience.
We previously told you about the Sierra Denali and how it bridges the gap between workhorse and luxury vehicle. The Sierra, however, is not the only truck to accomplish this, as the Nissan Titan bridges this gap across all of its trims. As a leader in luxury design, it is no surprise that Nissan is able to deliver a truck with premium luxury features. What is unique about the Titan, however, is how it lives up to its namesake by excelling in performance, capability, and technology.
The Titan really is a unique vehicle because it doesn't go half luxury vehicle, half titan; it goes full luxury vehicle and full titan. It's hard to find a vehicle that leans fully into both of these personalities, and it's a great opportunity to have a truck that is just as good on date night in downtown Atlanta as it is on the worksite. And if you really want to take things to the next level, then check out a used Titan XD; you won't believe the specs you see there, and it's just as luxurious as any Nissan you've ever seen. So, why not get the best of both worlds with the Titan?
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 integrity and customer service 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, have your current vehicle serviced, or get an offer on a vehicle you are selling.