We live in a great city. There’s so much to see and do in Seattle – we really are spoiled for choice. To make the most of the great outdoors, it’s best to have a truck. But which truck? Here’s our guide to buying the right vehicle for your needs.
In the past, all trucks were pretty much the same. They had the same options (none) and they looked the same.
Today, things have changed dramatically. Spend just a few minutes looking through the trucks available on Tred.com and you’ll soon appreciate the range available. There are basic trucks, trucks that are best for heavy lifting, work trucks, trucks that are as magnificent as a luxury sedan.
Buying the best truck becomes much easier when you sit down and ask yourself what you will be using it for. These questions will help to focus your thoughts.
What size of truck do I need?
It’s a simple question, but one that you really need to get right. If you need the vehicle to tow a trailer with water sports gear, a large truck isn’t necessary. Will a compact truck be able to handle your boat? Possibly, but you’ll need to do some research into towing capacity before you buy. What about your camping equipment – will it fit? Is there room for it AND three kids AND the dogs?
GREAT FOR SPORTY SEATTLEITES: This 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 would be perfect for Seattleites who want to throw the tent into the vehicle and head off into the wilderness for the weekend. Available here on TRED.
Will I be able to park the truck?
If you intend to drive the truck in the city, it needs to be small enough to park conveniently. It’s also worth taking some measurements of your driveway to make sure that the truck will fit. Even trucks considered ‘small’ in the past have grown, so if you’re pushed for space, you’ll need to set very strict search criteria.
PUSHED FOR SPACE SEATTLEITES SHOULD CONSIDER THIS: This 2006 Jeep Wrangler X wouldn’t take up too much room in your driveway.
How many seats will I need?
There are several different styles of cab, so it should be easy to find the configuration you want. If you’ll be using the truck for family expeditions, a standard pickup with a bench or two seats obviously won’t suit your needs. Although extended cab trucks enable passengers to sit in the back, some won’t be that comfortable for long journeys. Your teenagers certainly won’t thank you after a couple of hours squashed back there! If passenger space is essential, you’re most likely looking at crew cab trucks.
IDEAL FOR SEATTLEITES WHO WANT SPACE: If space and practicality are buzzwords when it comes to your next truck, check out the fabulous 2016 Ford Expedition.
What if gas prices rise?
Gas prices are low now, but they won’t be like that forever. If a rise in prices is likely to cause a problem, the last thing you need is to be saddled with a gas guzzler. It’s easy to find out fuel consumption, so make that a search priority. Compact trucks tend to get better gas mileage than larger ones, but confirm this by looking at the vehicle spec.
PERFECT FOR SEATTLEITES WHO RACK UP THE MILES: The 2016 RAM 1500 is the ideal truck for those for whom fuel efficiency is a must.
How important is luxury to me?
Like most things, when it comes to trucks there’s the basic version, and then there’s the super-mega luxury version (as well as something in between). If styling and kit are vital, the sky’s the limit. Dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry and ignition, heated and ventilated leather seats, touchscreen entertainment systems, and self parking are just the start.
SEATTLEITES LOOKING FOR LUXURY: This 2013 Toyota Sundra comes with a leather interior, heated seats and USB/auxiliary input. Available here through TRED.
The trucks listed above were available on TRED at the time of writing. But, vehicles are bought and sold quickly through TRED, so if they’re not available right now, don’t panic – just head over to our website to see what could you be driving in the very near future!