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By Hanna Nilson

 

Pickup Truck sales are down. Could this be the right time for you to buy a new or used pickup truck?

The pickup truck has a long history in America. The first pickup truck made its ground-breaking appearance in 1925. It was called the Ford Model T Runabout with Pickup Body and was sold for $281.00. Well, the pickup truck has gone through a lot of changes within the past 75 years since the Model T made its debut. For a long time, both new and used pickup trucks where hot on the market. New improvements and developing technologies helped to drastically improve the overall performance, reliability and efficiency of each new make and model. Now, production is slowing down as sales have been at a steady decline. Could this be the right time to make your move? The following may help you make-up your mind about how to go about either buying or selling your next new and/or used pickup truck.

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As one of Americaís most popular light-weight motor vehicle, pickup trucks are central to the hard working class of the US. However, with the recent economic decline, pickup truck sales have dropped. Since money is tight all around, there is significant competition for sales, especially for both new and used motor vehicles. This could be beneficial for buyers as an opportunity to find bargain deals on even the top rated new and used pickup trucks.

Of the top 10 most popular pickup trucks; including the Ford F-Series, Chevrolet Silverado and Doge Ram, PickupTrucks.com reports an average of 49.29% YTD loss of sales! Thatís practically all pickup truck sales cut in half from 2008 to 2009! Itís no wonder why car dealerships are desperately trying to increase their sales.

There are many used pickup trucks which could make a great fit youíre your particular wants and needs. With so much to choose from on top of all the heavy competition, it might help to get an idea of what to look for. ConsumerReports lists their recommended models based on quality performance, reliability and crash protection and have good results from government rollover testing. They came up with a list of their overall top ranking pickup trucks including:

  • Chevrolet Avalanche
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Ford F-150
  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Honda Ridgeline
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Nissan Titan
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Toyota Tundra

Some of these pickup trucks also got good reviews from many other sources such as U.S.News.com, which ranked the Toyota Tacoma as the #1 compact pickup truck. For full-size and heavy-duty pickup trucks, they rated both the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the Chevrolet Silverado HD as #1 in their class. While these pickup trucks are newer, you may want to keep them in mind for the future so that when youíre ready to purchase your used pickup truck, you will know exactly where to look.

Given the recent struggle within the automotive industry, some of you might be concerned about the future of all motor vehicles, including the pickup truck. Well, believe it or not, there are still plenty of plans in the making for future pickup truck models. Most of these plans are centered on the general intentions for creating more energy efficient vehicles. This is truly an exiting and innovative pursuit. However, evolution and development for these technologies is a slow process. Nonetheless, goals are set and progress making way.

The Sierra Club, which is Americaís oldest and largest environmental organization, proposes that by producing new cars and trucks which will drive farther on less gas, we will be making the largest step towards cutting back on America's oil dependence. Furthermore, by making all of our cars, trucks, pickup trucks and SUVs more efficient, we will also help to make an impact on reducing the rate of global warming; all while saving money at the gas pump.

On that note, itís encouraging to know that Congress recently passed a new law as part of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA). Accordingly, EISA is in the process of working together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), to stipulate new fuel economy standards. This will put into effect requirements for all passenger cars and non-passenger vehicles; such as minivans, SUVs and pickup trucks, to reach at least 35 miles per gallon by the year 2020.As it is, energy efficiency is now one of Americaís top priorities. Developing the technology for our cars and trucks to contribute to that cause will be revolutionary. It really does put things into perspective.

So, even if the outlook of our current automotive market may be grim, who knows what the future will hold. From the 1925 Model T to the 2020 green machine, used pickup trucks are still an effective tool which will only continue to evolve. For now, they are not in the highest demand or the most fuel efficient, but to help get the job done; what better that a cheap reliable and good old fashion used pickup truck?

 

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