Buying a Dependable Used Truck in Orlando


Pickup trucks are great for carrying things, hauling things, and towing things, and they need to have an almost indestructible engine, drivetrain and transmission. There are several reviews that evaluated trucks to see which ones held up the best as used purchases.

Autobuytel’s review

Autobuytel set out to determine which trucks break down most often and which ones don’t. By their measurement standards, they determined that the very best used truck in Orlando to buy is the Honda Ridgeline, which they consider to be the Japanese equivalent of the Chevrolet’s El Camino.

The other nine models they recommend can tow, carry and haul even more things than the Honda Ridgeline, and they have great reviews for dependability of their transmissions, engines, and drivetrains. They include:

  • Chevrolet Avalanche, model years 2009-2013

This handsome-looking truck carries 5 or 6 passengers in a crew-cab and has a short-bed pickup truck rear. The back cab wall is removable and the back seats fold down to extend the cargo bed’s length. This truck is a great combo package that offers both the passenger capacity of an SUV and the load capacity of a truck.

  • Chevrolet Colorado, model years 2009-2012

This is a small truck that was discontinued in 2012 and reintroduced in 2015 that was quite fuel efficient. A reliable vehicle, it was available in regular, extended and crew-cab sizes with options that could take it off road or keep it street smart. Three different engine sizes offer varying hauling and towing capacity.

  • Ford F-150, model years 2005-2014

The four-wheel drive models made before 2010 need to be avoided, but the F-150 otherwise is the best-selling truck in the US because of tis dependability and model choices.

  • Ford F-Series Super Duty, model years 2011-2014

This is a heavy duty pickup truck with a PowerStroke turbo-diesel engine that hauls up to 24,500 pounds and tows up to 7,110 pounds.

  • GMC Canyon, model years 2009-2012

Like the Chevy Colorado, this is a compact pickup truck that is very mechanically reliable. It has exceptional carrying and towing capabilities.

GMC Sierra, model years 2008-2103

The Sierra’s owners seem happier with this truck than Chevrolet’ Silverado’s owners even though they are mechanically identical. There is even a gas/electric Hybrid model.

  • Nissan Frontier, model years 2009-2014

The Frontier is larger than the Colorado and Canyon but smaller than the big trucks. The Frontier’s rugged presence and excellent construction are filled with of power and ability, and have remained unchanged through the 2015 models.

  • Toyota Tacoma, model years 2005-2014

Toyota trucks are workhorses, and the Tacoma is no exception. A mid-sized pickup truck, it can carry 1,520 pounds and tow 6,500 pounds.

  • Toyota Tundra, model years 2007-2014

The Tundra is Toyota’s third try at building a full size truck, and even though it has not sold well, it is a heavy duty workhorse of a truck and very dependable.

Other reviewers seem to agree with this list, adding:

  • 2001 Dodge Ram 2500
  • 2005 Dodge Dakota
  • 1999 Ford Ranger

With this list in hand, finding a dependable used truck in Orlando will be easy.




Quick Guide for Purchasing Used Trucks in Orlando

Quick Guide for Purchasing Used Trucks in Orlando

Choosing to purchase a used truck in Orlando can be a confusing and risky situation. If the buyer makes a poor decision, it could cost thousands to repair the vehicle. To make matters even worse, it’s difficult to give a used truck the eye test and determine whether it is a good investment or a lemon. However, shoppers can use the following information to get a better perspective on the vehicle’s upkeep.

Get a CarFax

In any case, a CARFAX report is an essential tool for purchasing a used truck in Orlando. The CARFAX will tell the buyer how many users the vehicle has had, whether the vehicle has been in any wrecks, and much more. It’s important to understand that even a clean CARFAX will not guarantee the vehicle is trouble free. However, this report does commonly unveil relevant issues. In addition to the CARFAX, it’s imperative to have an inspection done before the purchase is made.

The Inspection

Since most shoppers are not mechanics, it’s a great practice to take the vehicle to an experienced technician. During the inspection, the mechanic will most likely take a look underneath the vehicle and:

  • Check for damage and leaks
  • Check for signs of previous major repairs or damage
  • Inspect the drive shaft, brakes, steering components, and U-joints

A little rust on the frame, springs, and axles is highly common. However, if the mechanic can poke a hole through any metal, it means it has become brittle and weak, which would be an indicator of structural rust and a sign to move on to another vehicle. An experienced mechanic will be able to provide the shopper with a realistic idea of the parts that must be repaired and the cost before the truck is purchased.

All That Glitters Isn’t Gold

Most shoppers are attracted to used trucks in Orlando because of flashy lift kits, chrome wheels, and other add-ons. However, when making an intelligent decision, it’s important to look past the obvious bells and whistles and ask the right questions, such as:

  • Why does the truck have a new paint job?
  • Is the new paint job hiding rust?
  • Do the rims change the handling and driving ability of the vehicle?
  • Do those add-ons void any warranties?

Off-Road Vehicle

If the truck is designed for off-roading, the buyer should also be concerned how hard it was driven. A large percentage of trucks are actually designed for off-road use, but never leave the pavement. The ones that were actually used for off-roading will often show serious signs of wear underneath the vehicle.

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