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Used trucks are an affordable alternative to new trucks, and when they're well taken care of, they can perform just as well as a brand-new model. The best part is that used trucks hold their value much better than many other vehicles. So, if you purchase a used truck and decide to sell it, you won't take a big loss like you might if you decide to buy new. If you're looking for used trucks for sale, PA drivers have no better option than Colonial Motor Mart. Here at our dealership, we offer a variety of used trucks across multiple favorite and trusted brands. If you're looking for reliability and affordability, we've got you covered.
It can be hard to decide which truck is right for you. Between all the different brands, models, and configurations, you may begin to feel a little lost. The answer really depends on what you intend to use your used truck for. Below, we've compiled a list of some of the "best trucks" for different interests and occasions. Let's get started and narrow down your options a little.
If you're looking for a work truck, the Ram 2500 is a great option. Luckily for you, Colonial Motor Mart has plenty of Ram trucks for sale at our PA locations. So, let's take a closer look at the Ram 2500. These powerful trucks come with a standard V8 engine, and more recent models provide over 400 horsepower and can tow nearly 20,000 pounds. For reference, if you have a pontoon boat or an ATV, towing this will feel light as a feather with the Ram 2500. This model also offers convenient bench seating, and newer models come with a back-up camera, making it easier to use on construction sites or while farming.
Further, the Ram 2500's standard V8 HEMI engine is designed to produce more power than traditional gasoline engines. These trucks are built to last, and their acceleration is very quick. They're also quite spacious, and there's plenty of places to stash tools and work gear. This is because Ram 2500 trucks offer unique RamBox storage compartments in the bed, and newer Ram trucks even offer power release tailgates for easier bed loading and unloading. Overall, if you want power and space, the Ram 2500 is a great work truck option.
Trucks are also great for larger families, especially when it comes to comfort and travel. Where family friendliness is concerned, the Chevy Silverado 1500 is a great option. You can purchase this truck in either 4-wheel drive or 2-wheel drive, depending on your preferences. If you want something that travels well and offers good mileage, the 2-wheel drive is great as it has slightly better fuel economy. However, the 4-wheel drive option is great if you live in colder climates. If you run into icy roads or steep gravel hills, the 4-wheel drive Silverado can help keep your family safe. Additionally, if you opt for higher trims, the Silverado's interior is sure to keep your kids entertained with Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, wireless phone and device charging, and a Bose sound system, to name a few of its more recent options.
Higher trims also come with heated leather seats, remote start, and seat adjustment memory. Silverado trucks come with safety features such as park assist, hill start assist, and roll avoidance. These features depend on the trim and vary according to year, but overall, the Silverado offers good standard safety. This truck also includes tons of passenger and cargo space, which is great for larger families. Between its safety, its entertainment features, and its roominess, the Silverado 1500 is a perfect family-friendly truck option. If you're looking for used trucks for sale in the PA area, the Silverado is worth taking for a test drive.
Now we're getting into the fun stuff! You can't really get much more "off-road" than the truck version of the classic Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep Gladiator is both Desert Rated and Trail Rated, meaning that it's passed several important off-roading tests. These include tests that prove the Gladiator can withstand extreme heat, drive over rough terrain, and even ford through up to 30 inches of water. Additionally, your Gladiator can be used to recover vehicles that get stuck in the mud during off-roading trips, and the available steel skid plates protect it from rougher terrain.
Between its skid plates and its incredibly ground clearance, you won't have to worry about any damage from below when off-road. However, the Gladiator also performs well on-road. It is capable of towing well over 7,000 pounds, which is more than enough if your main concern is off-road driving, and its roomy four-door crew cab provides plenty of space for people and cargo. Overall, this is the ideal truck if you're looking to leave the pavement but still want daily functionality.
It's difficult to surpass the Ford F-450 Super Duty when it comes to towing power. If you're looking to haul houseboats or cattle trailers, you'll want something with extreme strength. While there are a few other trucks that can compete in this segment, the F-450 Super Duty is top-notch. More recent models can pull an incredible 37,000 pounds, but even older used F-450 models will tow well over 30,000 pounds. This means you don't have to choose a "new" used model to get a powerful towing capacity.
Whether you're looking for something to tow that brand new camper with, or you're hauling livestock, this truck is for you. Keep in mind that the Ford F-450 has come standard with a diesel engine since 2008. Not only are diesel trucks your best choice for maximum towing power, but they will also hold their value longer, which is important when it's time to trade in again. If you're in PA and you're looking for used trucks, visit Colonial Motor Mart today to see what we've got for sale. We know what to look for when it comes to power and towing.
So you've found that used truck you've been searching for. Now the question is, how do you keep it on the road for as long as possible? We all know a few tried-and-true guidelines by heart, but trucks have slightly different needs than other, lighter-duty vehicles. Their rugged nature, towing and hauling duties, larger engines, and the fact they're often equipped with four-wheel drive means that pickup trucks are often put through their paces a little more intensely than the average car or SUV. With this rough-and-tumble usage comes an accelerated maintenance schedule unique to trucks, but with a trusted team of experienced service technicians on staff, Colonial Motor Mart is here to help.
First off, it's never a bad idea to spend some quality time with the handy owner's manual that comes with your used truck. This won't only cover features, specs, and basic repairs, but will also provide a service schedule specific to your make and model. This is particularly handy for truck owners as these schedules are typically divided into two types: one schedule for regular use and one schedule for "severe" use. While many drivers might not find themselves regularly testing their truck's limits, those regularly hauling heavy loads, venturing off the asphalt, or putting some serious miles on the odometer would be well advised to stick to the severe schedule.
When it comes to fluids and lubricants, trucks aren't that different from your average vehicle. While those trucks that qualify for the "severe" usage maintenance schedule will need to have their fluids checked and changed more often, there's nothing about a truck's construction or operation that requires considerably special attention. One exception is the differential oil, as four-wheel drives trucks (as well as AWD cars and SUVs) will have multiple differentials that need to be checked. From lubes and filters to oil changes and full tune-ups, Colonial Motor Mart's service department knows what it takes to keep your truck in tip-top shape. Our factory-trained technicians use only manufacturer-approved parts, fluids, and techniques because we believe our customers deserve only the best.
The real difference between car and truck maintenance comes down to hardware. This is especially true of trucks called on to do a lot of towing and hauling, which can cause accelerated wear on a number of key components. The suspension takes the brunt of the stress, so regularly checking the springs for cracks and ensuring the bolts are tight is always a good idea, especially before and after long towing or hauling trips. Brakes take a similar beating when trucks spend a lot of time loaded with cargo, so check those brake pads and shoes a little more often than you might on your sedan (each time the tires are rotated or switched out for the season should be enough). When it's eventually time for a replacement, just make an appointment at our service center, and you'll be back on the road with a new set of safe, reliable brakes in no time.
Your truck's frame is also prone to a lot of stress, but it can't very well be replaced if things get out of hand, so make sure to inspect it at least once a year for cracks, bends, and rust. Pay special attention to the points where the trailer hitch attaches. If you live in a region with snowy winters and plenty of road salt like Pennsylvania, invest in that undercoating treatment next time you're at the car wash. Lastly, for those who live in dusty areas or do a lot of off-roading, be extra mindful about checking your truck's air filter on the regular.
Trucks are among some of the most versatile vehicles on the road, opening up the door to endless customization based on a driver's specific needs. From gravel-spitting off-roaders to dependable work trucks and from ad-hoc campers to towing specialists, it's amazing what one can accomplish with a few modifications. There is really no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to deciding which features to look for in a pickup, but the team at Colonial Motor Mart is here to help you build the truck of your dreams. Take a look at some of the most popular features and modifications available on the market today, and when you're ready, stop by, and we'll help make those dreams a reality.
#1 - Tonneau Cover/Tool Box: A must-have for any drivers who plan on regularly hauling valuable items in their truck bed. These features not only protect your cargo from exposure to the elements, but also provide a sense of security while keeping high-ticket items away from prying eyes. A tradesman is only as good as his tool, and these in-bed security solutions ensure that you'll never roll up to the jobsite without some of your most valuable hardware.
#2 - All-Terrain Tires: An obvious upgrade for drivers looking to do off-roading. Those all-season tires your truck came with might work well for city and highway driving, but if you're looking to really test the limits of your 4x4 truck, a solid grip is essential. While they might run a little loud on paved roads, you'll be thankful you made the splurge next time you're struggling for traction somewhere in the backwoods.
#3 - Lift Kit: In a similar vein as the all-terrain tires, a good lift kit will pay dividends for drivers who like to get off-road. Trucks already sit higher than normal vehicles, with that extra clearance allowing them to traverse challenging, uneven terrain. Lift kits take that up another notch, providing even more latitude and further protecting the undercarriage from the ravages of dirt, snow, and grime. Be warned though: lift kits can put stress on some vital drivetrain components, reduce horsepower, and decrease overall resale value, so make sure you're ready for the investment.
#4 - Multifunction Tailgate: A truck's height can be one of its greatest advantages, but it can also create some accessibility issues. All that cargo room is nice, but not very useful if it can't be easily reached. In recent years manufacturers have pulled out all the stops in reinventing the truck tailgate, with "multifunction" now the watchword in the category. From tailgates that swing down, out, and sideways to those that include their own work surface or set of stairs, there is no shortage of innovations out there to explore.
#5 - Cold-Air Intake: Those looking to push the boundaries of their truck's performance might want to look into a cold-air intake. By allowing colder, oxygen-rich air directly into the truck's engine, these intake systems can pull off the rare trick of improving acceleration, horsepower, and fuel efficiency. A relatively cheap modification, these filters are mounted outside of the engine compartment itself, allowing it to draw in fresher, cooler air. Unlike regular air filters, these usually don't need to be replaced and can get by with a thorough wash every 40,000 to 50,000 miles.
At Colonial Motor Mart, we carry a wide selection of some of the most trusted and reliable vehicles on the market. From Cadillac, GMC, and Mazda to Mitsubishi, Toyota, and Nissan, our expansive inventory of new cars is sure to satisfy every driver. Not in the market for new? We have pre-owned vehicles rolling onto the lot all the time, so there's always a good excuse to stop by and see what's in stock. Drivers on a budget will appreciate our selection of quality used vehicles priced under $10,000, and with our free Colonial Lifetime Warranty, you can rest easy knowing we've got your back. This doesn't just mean we'll be there for any unexpected repairs - when you buy from Colonial Motor Mart, you'll enjoy free state inspections for life, as well as free shuttle service and car wash for every service appointment.
With three generations of family ownership and 75 years in the business under our belt, Colonial Motor Mart is able to offer an unsurpassed car-buying experience, leveraging our experience to connect buyers with their ideal vehicle. From sales and service to financing and trade-ins, we're a one-stop-shop that will serve you promptly without ever making you feel rushed or pressured. Colonial Motor Mart is also one of the most convenient and accessible dealerships in the area. With six locations through Indiana, Pennsylvania, you're never too far from one of our dealerships, so stop by today and get behind the wheel of your new favorite vehicle today.
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