Tips for First-Time Truck Buyers | Grand Prairie, TX
As a first-time truck buyer in Grand Prairie, Texas, you’re probably wondering how to find the perfect truck and what you should even be looking for. Our guide on buying your first truck from Graff Chevrolet will help make your leap to truck ownership easy and pain-free.
Set a Budget
If you’re new to the truck world, you may be expecting car or crossover prices, but trucks are often more expensive than other types of vehicles. That’s partly due to their size — you wouldn’t expect to get a new Chevy Silverado 1500 for the price of a Chevy Malibu or Trailblazer. Before you start seriously shopping, you need to figure out how much you can spend on a lease or loan payment (and don’t forget to factor in things like registration and insurance).
The good news is that Chevy’s truck lineup ranges from $25,000-$30,000 for a base model, so if you’re looking for something affordable without all the bells and whistles of a more premium model, you can easily find a Colorado or Silverado 1500 to fit your budget. And there’s always the option of a used model, which can carry an even lower sticker price, often with many of the same bells and whistles as a brand-new model.
List Your Requirements
One of the most important things to figure out is the kind of capability you want from your new truck. Do you just want the ability to help friends move house or have easier trips to your local warehouse store, or do you need a truck for work? If you’re more interested in the look of a truck than its functionality, consider the mid-size Chevrolet Colorado, which has the benefit of a smaller size that’s easier to maneuver (as well as a lower price) and a maximum available trailering rating of 7,000 pounds.* But if you want to use your truck for utility purposes, the Silverado 1500 is a better bet. Although it has a higher starting price than the Colorado, it has a maximum available trailering rating of 13,300 pounds when fully equipped.**
Choose Your Cab and Bed Configuration
Unlike cars and SUVs, trucks come in a variety of configurations depending on how big you need the cab and the bed to be. Chevy trucks come with a choice between a regular (or extended) cab, double cab, and crew cab; and a choice between short bed, standard bed, and long bed. What does that mean in practical terms?
Regular-cab trucks generally have two doors and can seat two to three with minimal in-cab storage. Double-cab trucks are larger and have four doors with two rows of seats. While they can seat more people, the second row is generally short on leg room in a double cab. For the most interior space, go for the crew cab, which also has four doors and two rows but with more comfortable second-row seating.
When it comes to bed size, the smallest you can get on a Chevy truck is the short bed, which is often paired to a crew cab. If you’re not planning to use your truck to move large objects, a short bed should be all you need. If you need a little more space, go with a standard bed. And if you’re using the truck mostly for its bed capabilities, a long bed will give you more options when it comes to hauling things.
Once you have narrowed down your truck choice, it’s time to contact the sales team at Graff Chevrolet to see what we have in stock that meets your needs. Still not sure which is the right truck for you? We can help you with that as well! Just stop in at your earliest convenience or make an appointment so you can take advantage of our truck expertise.
*Colorado with available 3.6L V6 engine (excluding ZR2). Maximum trailering ratings are intended for comparison purposes only. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The trailering capacity of your specific vehicle may vary. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can trailer.
**Requires Silverado 1500 Double Cab Standard Bed RST 4×4 with available 6.2L V8 engine, Max Trailering Package and 20-inch wheels. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.