When you are going to buy a truck, you need to think about what you are going to use the truck for to make sure you are getting the right truck for your needs. Before heading to the truck dealership, take this into consideration:
Budget: In general trucks are more expensive than a car. So make sure you are being realistic in your budget price. Trucks who come to might as power trucks are often in the light-duty class.
Think about the power: You need to know what you want to haul in your truck in order to know what you need. If you skimp on the power of the truck, you might find that it is not strong enough to haul what you want to haul. If you go for a truck with more power than you need, you will be paying for it at the gas pumps every time you fill up. So you want to make sure you have enough power but anything more than you need is actually going to cost you more money. Look at the engines in the truck you want. Check to make sure it meets your needs. Also check the axle ratio. The axle ration can also determine the fuel economy and hauling capabilities. To put it simply, the higher the number of axle ratios, the more you can tow with it but the lower the fuel efficiency will be.
Choose a bed and cab size: While you might need a longer bed, you have to think about where you are parking it. Some of the longer beds, around 8 foot, do not always fit inside of a garage. If you plan on hauling materials, think about the typical length of what you are hauling and this can help you decide on what size you need.
Then you get to do the fun part. Decide on trims and extra packages you want to include with your new truck. Once you decide that, you are ready to enjoy your new truck.