There’s a lot of talk in the news about self-driving cars and ride sharing. So much so that it’s easy to forget about our day-to-day realities as drivers. News outlets urge us to consider our environmental impact or spend less time behind the wheel. But that’s caused us to forget the #1 reason most of us buy vehicles today – practicality.
It will be years before self-driving cars will be safe on the road and while ride-sharing can work in certain circumstances, most of us need our vehicles to take us through our daily lives. There’s no better vehicle to handle all that life brings than a pickup truck.
If you’re in the market for a vehicle and you’ve only thought about a car, here are 4 reasons to buy a pickup truck instead.
#1: Pickup trucks support every activity
All it takes is a couch or armoire that needs to be moved from “here” to “there,” and next thing you know, you’re thinking you really should own a pickup truck.
But there are so many other activities that a pickup truck is perfect for:
- Trucks are the perfect weekend adventure vehicle.
- Trucks have the power to tow whatever you need.
- Trucks haul everything from groceries to lumber to tools.
- Trucks are a camper’s dream.
- Pickup trucks help you work hard and when it’s time to relax, they help you do that too!
Think of all the incredibly cool things you could be doing with a pickup truck that are impossible with the car you’re now driving.
#2 Pickup trucks are safer
It may seem obvious that larger pickup trucks are safer than small cars, but there are studies to back this up.
“In its studies, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found that a heavier vehicle will typically push a lighter one backward during the impact,” explains Edmunds.com. “As a result, there is less force on the occupants of the heavier vehicle and more on those in the lighter vehicle, according to IIHS. The organization’s fatality data bears this out.”
Additionally, sitting up high gives a driver an excellent field of view. The ability to see over traffic enables the driver to identify potential accidents sooner and react with more time than passenger car drivers, whose vision is hindered by other vehicles.
#3 Pickup trucks are roomy
We know pickup trucks can haul just about anything, but people who haven’t ridden in a modern truck are always surprised by how roomy they are inside.
A four-door F-150 has a half-inch more rear-seat legroom than a Mercedes flagship luxury sedan—the $90,000+ S-Class—and much more head, shoulder, and hip room. Other full-size trucks offer similar space.
#4 Pickup trucks are affordable
Pickup trucks offer more bang for your buck than most cars:
- Enough power to tow or haul virtually anything
- More interior space than a luxury car
- Enough horsepower to get up and go
- Enough room in the bed for two people to sleep comfortably
- Surprisingly good fuel economy, given all the above
Combine all these merits into one vehicle and the result is surprisingly affordable.
Choosing the right pickup truck for you…
The only thing left to do is decide which pickup truck works for your lifestyle. We wrote a super helpful post about how to choose the best pickup truck for your needs >>here<<.
At Dye Autos, we’ve got a lot of pickup trucks – many under $20,000. We’re ready to help you determine which used pickup truck works for your lifestyle and your financial needs. Call us at (303) 286-1665 or fill out our handy online form >>here<<.