A good truck is necessary for the construction industry. Only a truck can keep up with your hands-on workload – from visiting muddy job sites to hauling heavy materials. It’s one expense you don’t want to skimp on as an essential tool for your business. Your truck serves many functions in this industry, including serving as your office, your most-used tool, and the most essential member of your crew.
Car Credit’s inventory always has a variety of dependable, long-lasting, and sturdy trucks to keeps your business running smoothly. Because you never know where your work will take you or what the weather will bring, a four-wheel drive is ideal. A good interior will also be helpful if you spend a significant portion of your workday in your truck.
How Trucks can help
56% of General Contractors used a pickup truck as their work vehicle, according to a study conducted by “Tools of the Trade.” It’s no surprise that trailers came in second place as the vehicle of choice for trade jobs. Trucks are natural workhorses capable of towing trailers and carrying heavy payloads. The following are the benefits of trucks over work vans and cars:
- A bumper pull or gooseneck trailer can be towed.
A car, SUV, or van can tow a bumper pull trailer, but they are unsuitable for gooseneck or “fifth wheel” trailers. What is the significance of this? Gooseneck trailers, on average, provide better maneuverability and can carry more weight than bumper pull trailers. This allows you to haul whatever your truck can tow behind you without restriction.
- Carry more passengers
Trucks with larger cabs to accommodate more passengers or provide more storage are now being produced in sizes and seating comparable to small to mid-size cars. Small crews can arrive at a job together rather than spending more money on fuel for different vehicles.
- It can take many shapes.
The standard truck bed can be converted into a service body, dump body, or pickup flatbed design. Although utility vans can be customized with shelves and exterior compartments, this comes at a cost in terms of space.
Service body truck beds can provide the same enclosed storage as an open floor and racks for laying down large equipment, pipes, carpet, or other irregularly shaped items. A regular pickup flatbed may suffice if you need more space to drop bulk building materials like lumber, bricks, hay bales, or soil bags.
Furthermore, adding a dump body for construction or landscaping is a significant benefit you will not get with a car or work van.
- The bonus
Trucks separate the cargo area from the cab, preventing the odor of dirty tools, materials, or chemicals from affecting drivers and passengers as they travel. Furthermore, loading and unloading cargo is easier in the back of a pickup truck than in the back of a van or car.
The Best Construction Trucks
The following trucks are good construction partners:
- Chevy Silverado 2500
Competitively priced, the 2016 Silverado 2500 HD Regular Cab, Long Box RWD is one of the more affordable heavy-duty pickup trucks. E85 is compatible with the 6.0-liter V8 Vortec engine with Variable Valve Timing SFI. This is a hybrid vehicle (FFV). It can run on either gasoline or ethanol.
The 6.0L V8 SFI Gaseous CNG Engine, which runs on compressed natural gas, is an option. The 6.6L Duramax TurboDiesel engine is also available, paired with an Allison transmission.
The heavy-duty transmission is a 6-speed automatic transmission. This truck is controlled electronically and has an overdrive, handling like a car.
- Ford F-150
No list of the best pickup trucks would be complete without mentioning Ford’s flagship F-150. The F-150 has the looks and features to appeal to everyone, whether you are a contractor, ranch owner, or truck enthusiast.
Aside from its versatility, it is also the most affordable option in its class. For those who prefer to go green, the complete electric Lightning model has a towing capacity of 10,000 pounds and a range of 300 miles between charges.
- Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier, known for being an incredibly affordable and durable option, has proven to be an ideal option for those needing a mid-size pickup truck. A no-frills philosophy appeals to those looking for something that works hard for little money.
Suppose the ability to throw tools, supplies, and other items into a truck’s bed is more important to you than towing capacity and payload capacity. In that case, the Frontier is one option worth considering (though it also offers about 3,760 pounds of towing capacity, just in case). Larger objects will also fit in its beds with widths up to 73 inches.
- GMC Sierra 1500
The 2021 GMC Sierra is a little more expensive than its mechanical sibling, the Chevrolet Silverado, but experts say it’s worth it just for the cleaner looks. GMC also offers options like a carbon-fiber bed and the MultiPro multifunction tailgate.
Otherwise, according to experts, GMC and Chevy have the same engines and chassis, dated-feeling interior tech and design, and a slightly disjointed and choppy driving experience. Towing capacity is limited to 12,100 lbs.
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Different trades require different things. A typical residential or commercial building contractor requires a truck with an excellent combination of payload and body size. It must be cost-effective, dependable, and present a positive image to prospective customers.
With the many quality used trucks offered at Car Credit, there is no shortage of options, and each make and model offers a plethora of options. Your truck should be simple to operate, tough enough to handle the job, and, ideally, fuel-efficient enough to save money.
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