If you are purchasing a truck to use on the job, such as a landscaper or contractor worker, you are going to want to make sure that the truck not only runs well and is in good shape, you are going to want to make sure that the truck fits your business needs.
#1 Do You Need to Tow Things?
The first thing that you need to ask yourself is if you need to tow things for your job. Are you able to put all of your work supplies in the back of the pick-up truck? Or do you need to haul around a trailer with your truck on a daily basis? Or is towing something you just need to be able to do occasionally?
If you need to tow a trailer on a daily basis, you are going to want to invest in a truck that has a towing kit built into the truck. A towing kit is a lot more than just having a hitch to attach the trailer to. A truck that has a built-in tow kit has extra support added to suspension and other components on the truck so that the truck can handle all that extra weight on a daily basis.
#2 How Much Stuff Do You Have to Haul?
Second, you need to know how much stuff you have to haul around and how much all that stuff is going to weight. You need to know the payload of your truck. How much weight can your truck support without a trailer? If you already have a truck, weight it with and without your work supplies so you can get an idea of how much weight you are towing around on a daily basis. You want to make sure that the regular weight you will be hauling around in your truck is not more than the truck can handle. If you are hauling around too much weight, it will weight down the components on your truck and wear it out too fast.
#3 How Much Fuel Do You Need?
Third, you need to think about how much driving you do on a daily basis. Do you drive short distances? If you don't do a lot of driving each week, you just need a truck with a regular gas tank.
However, if you put in a lot of miles with your work truck, you may want a truck that has a reserve fuel tank. For example, if you have to stop in and fill your truck up twice a week at the gas station, a reserve tank could allow you to cut down on this daily task. Or if you go out really far in the wood for projects, having a truck with a reserve fuel tank can be essential.
When looking to buy work trucks, make sure that it can handle the normal items that you haul around. If you need to tow a trailer, get a truck that is specifically set up for trailer towing. Think about how much gas you need, and if an extra fuel tank is really necessary for your set-up.