These Are the Best Used Pickup Trucks on the Market

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You Can't Beat These Rugged, Versatile Pickup Trucks

Rugged and reliable, pickup trucks offer an aura of toughness that seems to deepen with age. But not all used trucks are created equal. When shopping for one, you should consider factors that affect market demand, such as the season and the geographic region, as well as the truck’s history.

The average age of trucks registered in the U.S. has ticked up to a record 11 1/2 years, according to industry analyst IHS Automotive. “People hold onto trucks for a long time, longer than cars,” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at Autotrader. That means that used trucks now have had more opportunities to suffer collisions, deferred warranty claims, and natural disasters, so you should request a vehicle’s CarFax report before making an offer.

It’s important to keep in mind that the market for used trucks is seasonal. Demand generally rises in fall and winter as people prepare for harsher weather. Prices rise to meet demand.

Supply also depends on local markets, which have their own sales cycles. For example, in Atlanta right now, GMC Sierra 1500 light-duty and Sierra 2500 medium-duty trucks are in high demand and short supply, as is the Chevrolet Silverado. In Texas, the No. 1 truck market in the U.S., Chevrolet and GMC trucks are in high demand in major metro areas including Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. That’s why shoppers looking for used trucks should consider expanding the geographic boundaries of their search, Krebs said.

Here are the best used trucks in our rankings and how they got there:

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