Did you know the best selling vehicle in America isn’t a car? It’s a truck! Our auto expert Steve Strope reveals why America loves its trucks and what you should know before you buy one.
“The pickup truck – created in the 1920′s as a no-frills, workhorse, the truck has evolved over the decades into the most popular vehicle in America,” said Steve.
For 30 years in a row, a pickup truck has been the #1 best-selling U.S. auto, with two other trucks making the top-five best-seller list. #5 is the Dodge Ram 1500, #3 is the Chevrolet Silverado, and #1 is the Ford F-150.
“So why do we love trucks so much?” asks Strope, “And what should you consider if you’re thinking about getting a new one? I went to the #1 Ford dealership in the country to find out.”
Beau Beockman is the Vice President of Galpin Motors and says a “truck is not a truck anymore… it’s become a lifestyle choice for many people…”
“Now it’s not just about driving to the work site, but driving to the office or going to the movies, taking the kids out, or going on vacation. There’s so much more you can do with a truck than you used to be able to do,” says Beockman.
In a recent study, 64% of all truck owners said it was an extension of their personality. So, what does that say about the truck owner’s pride in their pick-up?
“It says so much about what you can do being independent, not having to rely on others,” says Beockman. “It’s tough, it’s rugged, you can go anywhere and do anything. And now, with the available amenities that you can get in a truck, it really can match your personality. And I think that’s why people get so passionate about their trucks.”
So, what are some of the most important things that the first-time truck buyer should consider?
Beockman says, ”Well first of all, the need. What are they going to use it for? For towing a boat? Or are they going to just drive it around in the city? Trucks have more configurations than any other automobile and they can get quite complicated. So, try to simplify. And secondly, what do you want? What’s important to you? Do enjoy a nice smooth drive? Is technology important, navigation and blue tooth? And most importantly, drive ‘em. Each vehicle drives differently. So, it’s important that you experience it for yourself, so you know what you’re going to be comfortable with.”
Trucks might not be for everyone. What would be the single most important thing to tell someone who’s considering gettin’ a truck?
Beockman says, “Well, are you ready to drive a truck? I mean, trucks are big! They’re not the easiest thing to get around and park. But, I’ll tell you, if you’ve got room in your life for a truck, you’re gonna love it.”
With so many choices out there, Strope’s advice is to do your research online before heading to a dealership. Then you can focus on what trucks might be the right fit for you.