Drive my carThe full-size truck is the vehicle of choice among readers. Surprisingly, less than half the respondents use full-size vans, including cargo vans. However, the vehicles that readers use do give them their money's worth. Most vehicles had more than 100,000 miles and 34 percent favor the purchase of used vehicles. However, "other" is the reason given for most companies replacing their vehicles, with only 25 percent responding that high mileage was the reason. One can speculate that wear and tear, or outlived usefulness are probably under the "other" category.
The above tables are illustrative of what companies look for in a vehicle in terms of features and options. Air conditioning was in the must-have category with 70 percent of the respondents. An extended cab on a truck is another must-have feature, according to more than 48 percent of those surveyed. Surprisingly, a majority considered a ladder rack a "nice to have, don't need" option and most do not want a roof rack at all. Toolboxes were divided between the must-have and nice-to-have-but-don't-need category and the same goes for custom tool storage.
Survey saysSo, who's going shopping and when? More than 60 percent say that they will be on the market in more than a year. The brand of choice is Ford, followed by Chevrolet, GMC and Dodge. The only foreign brand in the double digits was Toyota, with almost 23 percent considering it as a potential make for their next vehicle.
What are the readers using their trucks for in terms of cargo and storage? More than 50 percent store hand tools, ladders, mud and taping tools. More than 35 percent store air compressors, laser levels, pneumatic tools, sawhorses and even wallboard. Yet, 36.4 percent still do not use any sort of cap or trailer and only 53 percent have a company name or logo on their vehicles.