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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Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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