- May 13, 2015
Best Used Pickup Trucks Under $5,000
Cheap Used Pickup Trucks
You don't have to break the bank to buy a decent pickup truck.
Year after year, Americans buy hundreds of thousands of pickups – foreign and Domestic – and that means there are lots of used models available for good prices on the used market. We searched high and low for relatively nice trucks, and this is what we found.
Click on the image above for 10 great used pickup truck bargains for $5,000 or less.
2002 Ford F-150
The Ford F-Series has been the best-selling vehicle for as long as many of us have been alive. If you play your cards right, you can find a pretty nice V8-powered truck in good condition for less than $5,000... as long as you don't mind driving a vehicle that's several generations old, like this 2002 model.
Research the 2002 Ford F-150
2001 Dodge Ram 2500
Even if you need something heavy-duty, you can score a decent used vehicle for $5,000. A little bit of searching found this 2001 Dodge Ram 2500, which features a durable and powerful Cummins diesel engine.
Research the Dodge
2005 Dodge Dakota
The Dodge Dakota, offered from 1987 through 2011, was the largest so-called midsize pickup truck over the course of its life. Though it's no longer offered for sale, there are always plenty of Dakotas available on the used market, such as this V8-powered model from 2005.
Research the 2005 Dodge Dakota
1999 Ford Ranger
They may not all be as pristine as this low-mileage example from 1999, but with so many Ford Rangers sold over its life – it was available between 1982 and 2012 in North America – just a little sleuthing ought to turn up a nice model well under our self-imposed $5,000 limit. The Ranger got its last meaningful update way back in 1998, so any truck from that year or newer ought to be a reasonable choice.
Research the 1999 Ford Ranger
2010 Chevy Colorado
There's a brand-new Chevy Colorado filling the large vacant midsize-truck-size hole in the US market for 2015, but if you don't need such a new pickup, examples like this 2010 Chevy Colorado Work Truck can be had for cheap. The locking side compartments are a nice touch.
Research the 2010 Chevrolet Colorado
2001 GMC Sierra
Here's a nice 2001 GMC Sierra for sale, complete with a V8 engine and extra seating behind the first row for additional passengers or storage that's free from the outdoors. A Chevy Silverado is roughly the same truck, and will cost roughly the same amount of money.
Research the GMC
2001 Nissan Frontier
It's not quite as easy to find Japanese pickup trucks in decent condition with relatively low mileage as it is something from a Domestic automaker, but if you look hard enough, deals can be found. Take a look at this 2001 Nissan Frontier, for instance. It may not boast the towing or hauling prowess of a fullsize truck, but its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is sure to return much better fuel economy than the six- and eight-cylinder trucks we've shown you so far.
Research the 2001 Nissan Frontier
2000 Toyota Tundra
If you want any pickup truck from Toyota, you're going to have to look pretty hard to fit under our $5,000 price limit. We located this 2000 Tundra after quite a bit of searching, which means it can be done, if you're willing to accept higher mileage and are willing to travel to find your perfect used car.
Research the 2000 Toyota Tundra
1996 Toyota Tacoma
Most of the Toyota Tacoma models you'll find on the used market for $5,000 or less will have high mileage. This 1996 model shows 166,000 miles on its odometer, which is the lowest we could find in our price range.
Research the Toyota Tacoma
1982 VW Pickup
In the market for something completely different? We like your style. Take a look at this 1982 VW Rabbit pickup. It's 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine has 150,000 miles on the clock and won't get you anywhere fast, but at least you'll look cool along the way. Plus, at $3,463, this vintage Rabbit is the cheapest truck on our list.