Buying a New Chevy Truck - Tips and Considerations
When buying a new truck, you'll find many makes (Chevy, Nissan, etc.) and models and each is built differently to suit different requirements or specifications. There are many factors to evaluate and questions you should ask yourself before making your truck buying decision.
We recommend considering the following criteria as a place to begin the process. You will then have as much information as possible regarding how you plan to use your new truck and can make the best buying decision.
- Think about the specific uses you want or need the truck for. Will you be driving your new truck to work or perhaps for more recreational uses? Or, maybe both? Jot all of these instances down since this will most likely narrow down your myriad options when you get to the dealership, thus making the selection process more efficient for you.
- Consider where you will be driving your new truck most of the time, i.e. highway, country roads, or mainly in city traffic. This will help to assess your real requirements.
- Questions about usage and driving location/condition may help you determine whether or not you need a truck capable of delivering a high Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). Determining your expected needs for GVWR will help you select the right payload capacity and / or engine power necessary for your specifications, i.e. if you'll be hauling heavy loads in the bed or towing a trailer, etc.
- That said, a lot of smaller trucks these days like the Chevy Colorado can offer engines that are more than capable of handling extra weight. By choosing the right engine to suit your needs and balancing engine power with operating costs, good economy benefits such as fuel, maintenance, and operating costs will be gained.
- The power an engine is likely to provide is determined by the efficiency or measure of work that the engine is capable of performing. The term "torque" is expressed in Newton Meters produced at a specific RPM. High engine torque will provide a truck with better "hold on" ability when driving uphill and usually requires less gear changes (something you won't typically notice with an automatic transmission, but will require greater fuel and power expenditures) than an engine with similar power but less torque.
- And typically, an engine with a larger power output will consume more fuel than a smaller capacity engine. On the other hand, if a smaller capacity engine is being challenged by difficult operating terrain, a bigger chassis, or greater towing weight, that too will inevitably force the vehicle to operate at higher RPMs and in lower gears to meet your demands, thus consuming more fuel.
Bottom line: if/when you are buying a new Chevy truck, it is important to ensure it has adequate power in reserve to handle the demands you intend to put on it, including typical driving conditions, terrain, and additional weight (i.e. hauling and towing). Otherwise, you'll wind up with more truck than you need, higher than necessary operating costs, or an under-performing vehicle that can't stand up to all you hope to throw at it.
There are likely Chevy trucks for sale suitable for every type of driver and every type of budget. Do your homework, assess your unique needs, and you'll be behind the wheel of your perfect truck in no time.