Americans are paying more — much more — for pickup trucks in 2019 than ever before. Compared to just 10 years ago, there is a 61-percent increase when it comes to the average offerings from Ford, General Motors, and Ram. This is not a problem for buyers, though, as pickups continue to fly out showroom doors (not literally) at record pace. But we know that's only on paper as speaking to any real-life person says the price of new trucks is just too damn high.
So why not buy used?
There's a massive selection of pre-loved trucks for sale on every platform from Ebay to Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. They differ in size, price, and performance, but we reckon you can find the type of truck to fit your wants and needs for under the magic number of $ 1
1997 Ford F-350 Powerstroke Diesel
The Powerstroke-propelled "old body style" Ford F-350 is essentially unkillable. With its venerable 7.3-liter turbo diesel engine and "Built Ford Tough" demeanor, it'll just keep going and going like the Energizer Bunny while towing 12,500 pounds in stock form. It may be a bit on the slow side — it only produces 210 horsepower but packs 425 pounds-feet of torque — so don't expect to have any stoplight-to-stoplight. Just know that your truck will be running, and looking good, long after your local half-ton pickups.
Many can be well below our $ 15k budget cap, even with reasonable miles. Similarly, you can find "new body style" 7.3-liter trucks for sale, too — we just like the older ones.
2003 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel
Keeping up with the Heavy-heat, compression-ignition pickups, the third-generation Cummins-powered Dodge Ram is a favorite fan. The 2003 model year market the first diesel Ram to have the improved common rail fuel injection system, and it was also the first year of this particular body style. Like the aforementioned Ford Powerstroke, it's got a bulletproof power plant and can survive well beyond the 300,000 mile mark. If you can, though, do yourself a favor and opt for the manual transmission as the automatics in these trucks tend to have a few problems.
Most purchase-worthy examples of these nudge against the $ 15k mark, but depending on your preferred equipment, you could find one with decent miles around $ 13k
2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
While later generation Chevrolet Silverados lend themselves to the sub- $ 15k territory, this is the one you ll want. You can find a two- or four-wheel drive truck in single-, extended-, or crew-cab configurations well below the set budget. It's a workhorse-friendly platform that can also cater to off-roaders and street-rodders with its extremely tunable 5.3-liter LS V-8. Fork over a bit more cash and you'll be able to buy yourself a 6.0-liter V-8 model that makes 300 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque.
2011 Ford F-150 Ecoboost