When you think of family vehicles, you might picture a massive SUV with three rows of seating and a rear-seat entertainment system. Or perhaps a sleek sedan with a car seat strapped into the back seat. But did you know that many families are increasingly looking to trucks for their family vehicles? Trucks offer a great safety advantage, are becoming increasingly spacious, and can serve dual purposes: daily driver plus work resource for moving, hauling, or just doing general projects around the house.
New trucks, however, can be expensive, which is why many budget-savvy drivers are turning to used trucks — and used Ram trucks specifically, like the Ram1500 or the heavy-duty Ram2500and Ram3500.
Trucks are more reliable
Trucks are among the most reliable vehicles on the market. You can drive trucks for hundreds of thousands of miles over decades, as long as you take care of them with routine maintenance. For that reason, even used trucks represent smart investments for families.
Used trucks are more affordable
When you buy a new vehicle and drive it off the lot, it immediately loses a chunk of value to depreciation. If you buy used, even lightly used, you avoid this massive depreciation hit. Given trucks’ reliability, it makes sense to consider a used Ram 1500 in Weiser, Idaho, instead of a new one — you’ll pay a lower price and avoid that huge immediate loss on your investment.
You’ll save in multiple ways
There’s more to the savings than just the sticker price. Used vehicles in general are cheaper to insure, and if the price is low enough, you may be able to pay outright in cash for a used Ram truck. That means you can avoid monthly interest accrued on a vehicle loan.
Ram trucks are super safe
New or used, Ram trucks set the standard for safety in the truck market. Though technology is constantly evolving, Ram trucks from recent years have boasted safety tech including Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path and Trailer Detection, Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Warning with Active Braking, and LaneSense® Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist.
If you go the recently preowned route, you’ll feel confident thanks to the brand’s recent awards from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; a properly equipped Ram 1500 took home top ratings from the agency in 2019, 2020, and 2021. In fact, if you look back on IIHS and National High Traffic Safety Administration ratings since Ram branched off into its own brand, Ram has consistently brought home high safety ratings each year.
Ram trucks are powerful
One reason to consider buying a used Ram truck: You can count on plenty of power. Even older models have boasted incredible power. Ram also led the charge back into diesel power, for a time boasting the most efficient light-duty pickup truck on the market thanks to its diesel engine.
In recent years, the Ram 1500 has been available with a wide range of engines, including a HEMI® V8 (and a supercharged HEMI® V8), a Pentastar® V6, and that world-famous EcoDiesel. The 2021 model could tow nearly 13,000 pounds when properly equipped.
And the Ram 2500 and 3500 models? They’re even more potent. Recent models have offered up to 20,000 (2500) and 37,090 (3500) pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped.
Ram drivers are loyal
Ram has statistically the most loyal truck buyers in the industry, with more drivers returning to buy another Ram pickup. If you’re thinking about joining the club, ease your way in with an affordable used model for your family to see why everyone’s in love with their Ram truck. Trust us, you’ll be a Ram driver for life soon enough.
Get a closer look at the usedRam trucks on our lot at Hometown Motors in Weiser, Idaho.
 Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.