Helpful Tips for Buying a Pickup Truck

tips for buying a pickup truck

Thinking about a pickup truck for your next vehicle? There are a lot of good reasons to get one but you should find out what kind of truck works best with your lifestyle. Here are a few tips for buying a pickup truck.

Before you start looking at options, you should decide what you are willing to pay first. recommends that your monthly payment be no more than 20% of your monthly income.

What are you going to use the truck for? This question will go furthest in helping you decide what to get.

Is it for work, recreation, or both? If it’s for work, you might to forego some of the interior amenities to get a bigger engine and more towing capacity. If it’s for recreation, you might want to consider a larger cab for your family and more creature comforts like a quality stereo.

This question will also help you decide what bed size to get. Most trucks come with two size beds. Those using a truck for work are more apt to get a longer bed. But if you are just going to use the bed to store kayaks and bicycles, then you might want to go for a shorter bed.

In the past, buying a truck almost always meant sacrificing fuel economy. That’s not so much the case anymore with the advent of so many fuel saving technologies. But you still want decide what’s important: power or efficiency. If it’s equal, find a truck that strikes that balance for you.

When you are thinking about buying a truck, it’s all about finding out what’s important for you and seeing what’s out there, so come in to Mama’s Used Cars to get your own!

The Cars with the Best Value

2012 Toyota Prius

2012 Toyota Prius

An expert independent automotive organization released its list of cars that offer the best value. For the first time in four years, the Honda Fit is no longer at the top of the list.

The organization chose the Toyota Prius as the car with the best value because it offers reliability, low cost of ownership and popularity. The editors also liked the great driving experience, fuel economy and interior design. Continue reading

Used GMC Sierra 1500 Overview

2011 GMC Sierra HD - 2500 HD SLE Front Angle - Used GMC SierraThe ever-popular GMC Sierra 1500 has for a long time been a standout in the pickup truck segment. Historically used by farmers, small-business owners, and construction workers under the GMC 1500 name, and lauded for its durability, longevity, and sheer strength, the pickup has over time been diversified to fit the needs of the everyday American. Now called the GMC Sierra 1500, the truck comes in a variety of trims levels, body styles, and powertrains to serve the specific needs of each individual driver, whether it is a fisherman hauling a boat or a mother taking her kids to the drive-in.

Known for their dependability for hard work in the past, the focus for the newer generation of Sierra has been a more advanced, luxurious-looking, technologically-advanced, and ergonomic cabin, while still maintaining its legendary reliability at work. GMC has delivered, offering a truck worthy of praise for its hard work and its comfortable ride.

Over the years, the GMC Sierra 1500 has seen several changes, but at the core of every year’s model is a powerful engine delivering the horsepower needed to get any job done. In fact, Edmunds has praised the Sierra 1500 for its “strong performance, a refined and quiet ride (even with the heavy-duty towing package) and a comfortable, sensible cabin.” No matter the model year, the Sierra is always the truck to get the job done, whether that job is towing thousands and thousands of pounds or just getting your kid to the dentist and back before your lunch break is over.