Trucks in used car lot, Roswell, New Mexico

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 pickup truck in green

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.

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2001 Dodge Ram 2500 in white with Cummins diesel engine

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.

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2005 Dodge Dakota with V8 engine

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.

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1999 Ford Ranger single cab in green

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.

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2010 Chevy Colorado Work Truck in white

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.

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2001 GMC Sierra in silver

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.

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2001 Nissan Frontier in maroon

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.

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2000 Toyota Tundra in white

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.

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1996 Toyota Tacoma in white

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.

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1982 VW Rabbit Pickup in off-white

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.

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      larry
      • 23 Days Ago

      I don't know who wrote this, but they obviously have not gone used truck shopping for real.  The price of old, used up, worn out, trucks is staggering, and ones that are in good condition cost so much, you arw better off paying a couple thou more and get a new one. 

      Whoever wrote this must have been shopping in Mexico or something...

        Ron
        • 22 Days Ago
        @larry

        A beater truck around here a step away from the wrecking yard can cost you a Grand or more and they are in demand by junk haulers.

        john erics
        • 1 Day Ago
        @larry

        Larry, I am a dealer....and you are insane. Used trucks do sell for less than $5000 in this Obama climate. Since this IDIOT president was elected, I have been stuck with incredible amounts of vehicles, because people are refusing to pay anything for a used vehicle, so they think a NEW car has something great to offer them. They will pay anything for new not even knowing that they just sold their souls to the DEVIL. That payment ends up wiping out their credit rating because it hammers them like cancer every month. They are simply buying new trucks and making payments for the rest of their lives. You people buying new are morons, as these vehicles drop an average of $20,000 in one year from depreciation. A smart man knows that the waste of money on that car or truck, could be a down payment for a house.  You are throwing your money away on a new car. Rather than live in an apartment and make some Chinese landlord rich....buy a cheap used vehicle, and buy a home where you can benefit from the better life, and better credit rating. Vehicles are a waste of money any way you look at it. A status symbol only. ONLY MORONS BUY NEW TRUCKS.

        rdz69
        • 1 Day Ago
        @larry

        you have obviously not gone truck shopping-no new ones for a couple of thou more.

        try 40-50k

        TOTODARCY
        • 22 Days Ago
        @larry

        Jajajja true

      Al
      • 1 Month Ago
      You usually get what you pay for. A p/u trk. for under 5K--HA!!!
      JayP
      • 1 Month Ago
      Rangers- for the 4 cylinders, 2001 was the changeover from the 2.5 to the 2.3 16v. People can argue but I've had good luck with the 16v. Except for letting an inept shop tell me a head gasket was blown, the truck has not been too bad. I can change about everything out with handtools. Parts are a snap to get from Autozone. Gets 26mpg and keeps up with traffic easily. I bought it for $5k with 80k miles on it. I've driven 160k on it myself. It would take more than $5k to have me part with it now.
        rajm57
        • 2 Days Ago
        @JayP

        I always use to be a chevy guy but I've had this ford explorer sportrac for 11 years with no complaints. Leased it new in 04 and bought it when the lease was up. Rides like an explorer but with just enough pickup bed to get the chores done around the yard.

        Ron
        • 22 Days Ago
        @JayP

        I had a `94 that we drove until the body mounts started to rust out and would have cost more to repair than the truck was worth.  I got it in `96 as a lease return and about the only money we put into it was normal upkeep. We replaced it with a `96 that we basically stole for $1,500 as KBB had it priced at $3,200.00 at the time. That only needed a turn signal switch replaced but otherwise well-kept by an old couple that stored it winters in a garage.

      diferree
      • 1 Month Ago
      at the rate of a new truck 70.000 we'll all be driving used vehicles soon
        bgskudlarek
        • 1 Month Ago
        @diferree
        I have a 67 Chevie half ton that my husband and I bought in 1973. It has 108,000 miles on it and still runs. I still use it for getting fencing and hauling mower in for repairs. No air except 2/55 but still a good old truck.
          larry
          • 23 Days Ago
          @bgskudlarek

          That's nothing... I have a 1985 Ford f150 with well over 300,000 miles, 6 cylinder and it is most dependable vehicle we own, or ever have owned!

          Isky
          • 1 Month Ago
          @bgskudlarek
          Haven't seen "2/55" in a long time!
        NicktheMan
        • 1 Month Ago
        @diferree
        Well, before the auto bailout, GM workers were getting $62.00 and hour with benefits. I shudder to think what they get now!
          stoneman936
          • 23 Days Ago
          @NicktheMan

          I worked or GM, I golf with GM workers now and I can say NO ONE makes $62.   All the new people make $15, the older workers make $23 to 27 depending on skill level....

          spike
          • 22 Days Ago
          @NicktheMan

          GM assembly line workeres were making $23.00 an hour .I don't know who keeps perpetuating this G.M wage lie ,but;that's all it is,a lie.They make about 48.000 a year

          b.rn
          • 1 Month Ago
          @NicktheMan
          I'd like to see your sources on that $62/hour pay rate. I suspect it's what a worker cost GM, not what a worker makes. I'm not saying this site is 100% accurate, but it gives you an idea as to how the math really works: http://www.factcheck.org/2008/12/auto-worker-salaries/
          Sue
          • 23 Days Ago
          @NicktheMan

          Well think what management gets and the profit the workers generate for GM they deserve what they are making. If they had there pay cut in half it would only go to upper management anyway. thankfully they have a strong union  

          dvshan6
          • 22 Days Ago
          @NicktheMan

          $20.00 per hour now. 

          Rodney
          • 1 Month Ago
          @NicktheMan
          Almost all GM employees laid off, Cars not less
          ew624
          • 23 Days Ago
          @NicktheMan

          handy men get close top 100 an hour - if you go to your dealer and / or most auto shops you pay roughly 75 to 100 an hour , my guess is they get 62 or better an hour , they're just fewer of them to pay , but since sales have been up and after that bailout which essentially saved americas auto market and kept us out of a full blown depression , my guess is they're hiring at entry level and those who have senority are gettin more than what they were prior to the bailout - and don't blame them , the cost of living all across the country has gone up some 20% or more ( in some places ) since 2008 , no thanks to the high cost of fuel , which by the way when it was higher than it is now peeked and has now rounded out to what will most likely be the average for a few years until the next republican controlled congress and presidency scrus america up once again 

      JIM
      • 1 Month Ago

      I kick myself in the ass for not buying a S-10 before they discontinued them but i thought they were too pricy, but now nobody wants to sell one.

        Chelle
        • 23 Days Ago
        @JIM
        I have a 1993 Chevy S-10, manual transmission, that I bought used in 1993. The previous owner couldn't afford the payments, so I got it for $9000 with 130 miles. It now has 127,000 miles and still runs great. People are always asking me if it is for sale, and I have to tell them no...great truck.
      egarza
      • 1 Month Ago

      Used cars are great and all, but this article is misleading in its title.  Were you so hard up that you had to fake a title to get people to this site?  Honesty, I guess, is in the eyes and hearts of the beholder.

      goodgrief61945
      • 2 Days Ago

      Buy a pickup for 5 grand, and you get a rusted out piece of junk.

      Victor H. Ferrise
      • 1 Month Ago
      Well my 2000 Silverado 1500 LS regular cab 1SB package with the 5.3L and 2WD has over 250K on it....still original....doesn't burn any oil and gets a solid 20 MPG on the highway. Regularly serviced, fresh oil every 3000 miles and runs on regular. Daily commuter, haul shit around on days off.... Can't really complain.
      goodgrief61945
      • 1 Month Ago
      A 15 year old pickup truck is a "dream vehicle" ??
      mitchell
      • 23 Days Ago

      True you can find sweet deals when buying a used truck...But you better be a mechanic or at least know how to swap out parts....or it's going to cost you."

      novawinch
      • 22 Days Ago

      The article is titled "How to get your dream pickup for less than $5000."  Then when the reader opens the article, we find a new title "Cheap Used Pickup Trucks"  The author is an idiot !!!

      mitchell
      • 23 Days Ago

      If they would only build trucks with the kind of stuff people want,,  ,Then  people would be keeping them longer." Don't know why a guy would spend money on car like options and computerized gizmos anyhow... Just offer large engines with plenty of towing and pulling power with grunt gear abilities ." Love my ole RAM.. Bought it brand new  over Eighteen years ago...swapped  very few parts and it's still doing what I need it to do...and it's NOT for sale."

        celebrityl
        • 2 Days Ago
        @mitchell

        They don't want people to keep them longer, off the road for poor quality means more truck sales.

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