A 2021 Toyota Tundra towing a trailer

Are Used Trucks Able to Tow and Haul as Much as New Trucks?

How Capable are Used Trucks Compared to New Trucks?

Trucks are a popular mode of transportation amongst much of the population. They are a useful vehicle that is always ready to haul or tow your next large purchase. Or is it? In this blog we will be exploring how used trucks compare to new trucks when it comes to towing and hauling. If you are a truck driver, stick around and test your knowledge of trucks.

Should New Trucks Tow as Much as Used Trucks?

Believe it or not, new trucks should not be towing anything for the first 500 to 1,000 miles. While many people think their truck is ready to tow a trailer or help their buddy move their heavy belongings the moment they have signed on the dotted line, it is not true. New trucks have a break-in period, whereas used trucks are ready to go the moment you have driven off the dealership lot.

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Why Should You Avoid Towing on a New Truck?

A 2021 Toyota Tundra towing a boat either in or out of a body of water while parked on a planked pier

Many of you are probably wondering why you cannot tow trailers and other items right after your purchase. Well, for starters, it is in the owner’s manual for many new trucks. While 99% of trucks are built correctly, manufacturers still want new truck owners to pay attention to their vehicles for the first 500-1,000 miles to ensure the vehicle is stable and has no defects. If you start towing right away, this may hinder you from finding those issues until it is too late.

As well, towing can put a strain on the drivetrain and transmission on your truck. It is best not to put that kind of pressure on the vehicle until it has some miles under its belt. A new truck is like a new pair of jeans; You are not going to start running or squatting in them until a few washes or else you may rip them.

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Used Trucks Versus New Trucks

If you are looking for a truck that can start hauling and towing right away, go with a used truck. They have already been exposed to these activities, and you know they can handle the stress. All trucks have a maximum towing and hauling capacity, but used trucks are just as capable as new trucks.