It’s true. It may not quite have made it to rite of passage status, but being a dad with a truck is definitely a thought of passage (if that’s a thing?!). Let us explain. When you join the big boy club, you take on a certain new role; you’re the man of the house, the protector and, even in a day and age where equality is finally getting its say, that comes with a certain image. A pickup truck enters that image. Don’t ask us why is just does.
However, wanting to buy a truck and actually buying a truck are worlds apart. For the novice, it looks a lot like buying a car. But it isn’t. Oh no. Which is why we have pulled together a list of tips to help the wannabe-truck-driving-dad out a little.
You’re Wanna Gonna Budget
The combination of trucks being classified as utility vehicles while also having the luxuries of premium cars can mean they are a little pricier than expected. As such, it makes total sense for you to start looking at your budget – the realistic one – before you get carried away with the specs you can add. Now, given you are a dad that probably wants this for personal – and daughter protection reasons – we would say no more than 15-20% of your take-home pay should be spent on a truck. That’s a good place to start.
Take No Risks With The Seller
Your truck will become your pride and joy. It will become part of who you are as a human. You will even find yourself signing up for Pickup Truck Weekly. As such, make sure you are wise at the buying stage, by which we mean by from a respected dealer, such as the Vaughn Automotive Group, or from a trusted re-seller that has a physical premises and a business that you can go back to should anything, you know, go wrong. Like we said, it’s a lot of money.
Know What’s Being Hauled
Knowing what you want to haul is a pretty good place to start on the pickup hunt. For those that are just into the idea of owning a truck without the intention of really loading up anything, a mid-size truck is going to suit you just fine. If, however, a truck is just the start and you plan on getting a jet-ski to tow everywhere next, then you may want to think about a 4WD beast instead.
It’s About Beds & Cabs
This is where things can get a little more complex – especially when you compare it to cars. To sum up your cab options, you’ve got a regular cab (which is a single and tends to have just one row of seats), a crew-cab (which have four full-size doors and two rows), and then there is a mega-cab (which is like the limousines of the pickup world). Of course, the larger your cab the smaller your bed, which is something you need to consider. Sure, if you just want to put your kid’s school lunch boxes in the back, then the bed size doesn’t matter. But if you have a surfboard from an earlier mid-life crisis, then you may want to consider maxing out your bed. It’s simple really.