Ram 1500 Named Best Pre-owned Pickup Truck to Buy

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2018 Ram 1500 Rebel Blue Streak Crew Cab 4x4

FCA’s award-winning vehicle is the only American half-ton pickup on Autotrader’s list of must-shop vehicles.

Autotrader has announced the 10 Best Certified Pre-owned (CPO) vehicles for 2019 and the Ram 1500 is the only American truck on the list while being one of three full-sized, truck-based models to be recognized. Taking into account factors like current selling prices, available warranty programs and the overall quality of the vehicle, the publication selects 10 “must-shop” vehicles that are their Best Certified Pre-Owned options in the used market.

“As more features are added to today’s vehicles, new-car prices continue to rise, with even ‘affordable’ models costing as much as $35,000 or $40,000,” said Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader. “Our list of ‘good as new’ vehicles can bring the car a consumer wants into the price range they want to pay. These CPO vehicles are thoroughly inspected, covered by warranties and offer the latest designs, making it difficult to even tell the difference between their new car counterparts.”

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As mentioned above, the Ram 1500 was the only American full-sized truck on Autotrader’s list for 2019, but it was joined by a Japanese half-ton pickup and an American SUV based on a truck platform. The Toyota Tundra was the only other large truck on the list while the Chevrolet Tahoe was the only truck-based SUV on the list.

The Jeep Wrangler was also on the list, but aside from the Ram 1500, the Wrangler and the Tahoe, the vehicle was all foreign models. This is a key point, as these “used car value lists” typically favor foreign economy cars in a big way, so it says a great deal about the Ram 1500 to be included.

2018 Ram 1500 Limited EcoDiesel Crew Cab 4x4

Here is Autotrader’s explanation as to why the 2015 through 2018 Ram 1500 was one of their 10 Best Certified Pre-Owned models on today’s market:

“While the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 is arriving on dealer lots as we speak, the design doesn’t deviate too much from that of the outgoing model. This means buyers can find a great deal on a gently-used 2015 to 2018 model that looks very similar to a brand new model and offers the peace of mind of a certified pre-owned warranty.

Ram’s CPO program offers powertrain coverage for 7 years or 100,000 miles from the date the vehicle was sold new, along with a 3 month or 3,000 mile warranty that covers much of the vehicle outside the powertrain coverage. The average new Ram 1500 transacts at about $47,600, according to Kelley Blue Book, while the average CPO 2015-2018 model is valued at around $28,700.”

2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport

In other words, if you are truck shopping right now, industry experts on used vehicle values think that the newest-used Ram 1500 is the best American half-ton truck for the money.

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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