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What to Look for When Shopping for a Used Truck

When you want a pickup truck but want to avoid the commitment associated with buying a new model, there will always be used trucks. Pickup trucks tend to last a long time compared to some other vehicle types, which is why so many older models are still on the road or in occasional use. If you want to buy a used truck, read the rest of this post for some advice on what to look for.


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How Many Kilometers Should Be on a Used Truck?

With used trucks, you might find that models on dealership lots have a lot more kilometers on them than some other vehicle types. For example, you might find trucks with more than 200,000 accumulated kilometers without showing the same wear you would expect on sedans or small SUVs. As a general rule, Canadians tend to put about 15,200 kilometers on a vehicle in a year. When shopping, divide the total mileage by the age of the truck in years. If the resulting number is more than 15,200 kilometers, you can tell that a vehicle has seen a lot more use than normal.

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What Cab Size and Truck Bed Should I Buy?

Different automakers have different names for cab sizes, but truck beds are usually just measured in feet and inches since RAM, Ford, and Chevrolet are from the United States. A truck bed (or box according to RAM) usually measures between 5 ½ and 6 ½ feet, or 1.7 and 2 meters. A shorter bed will almost always have a larger cab while a longer bed will almost always have a smaller cab. Occasionally, you might find a model with the best of both worlds.


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Choosing a cab deals mostly with the number of passengers you expect to have in your truck. If you don’t need any passenger room, go ahead and go for a 2-door truck. Most 2-doors still have a small bench of back seats. If you have a family, or regularly carry equipment and tools you want to be able to lock up, a 4-door cab is better.