The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Farmer

If you're a farmer, you know that what you need isn’t a used car – it’s a used pickup truck. How else are you going to haul around hay, implements, garden produce, fertilizer, and all the other things you need to keep your operation going? Generally speaking, most farmers will want a full-size pickup, and our choices in that category are the Dodge Ram 1500, the Ford F150, and the Chevy Silverado. Smaller operators may be able to get by with a compact, and our top picks in that class are the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma.

  • Dodge Ram 1500: This outstanding truck features a Hemi V8 engine, a workhorse of a power train, and 5-ton towing capacity. Coil springs in the rear give you a much smoother ride than the usual leaf springs. You’ll also appreciate the comfortable cabin, with ergonomic seats that ease your tired bones after a hard day’s work.

  • Ford F150: There is a reason why the F-150 has been near the top of its class for more than 30 years. Available in V-6 or V-8, and with three different bed styles, you can easily find an F-150 that perfectly suits your specific purposes. The interior is comfortable enough that you could take it on a road trip, but you can believe us when we say that there’s nothing “sissy” about the F-150. This truck gets the job done, whatever that job happens to be.

  • Chevrolet Silverado: The only complaint some drivers seem to have about the Silverado is that the design hasn’t changed much over the years. But then, others would likely say, “if it ain’t broke, don't fix it.” This truck has proven to be a solid, reliable work vehicle over the years, and delivers a nice, quiet ride. It’s a little lighter in towing capacity than the Ram or the F-150, but not by enough to really make a difference.

  • Nissan Frontier: If you are looking for a slightly smaller, affordable truck for your farm, the Nissan Frontier is a great choice. It can handle light towing and hauling duties, and is available in standard rear-wheel drive or 4x4.

  • Toyota Tacoma: The Tacoma is similar to the Frontier in terms of towing capacity and payload, but if you want a light truck that can double as a passenger vehicle, the Tacoma offers a bit more in terms of cabin configurations. It also has a somewhat smoother ride. It is also available in rear-wheel drive or 4x4 (with the exception of the X-Runner model).


Next Step

Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection

The most popular service booked by readers of this article is Pre-purchase Car Inspection. YourMechanic’s technicians bring the dealership to you by performing this job at your home or office 7-days a week between 7AM-9PM. We currently cover over 2,000 cities and have 100k+ 5-star reviews... LEARN MORE

SEE PRICING & SCHEDULING

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Recent Pre-purchase Car Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating

(5,189)

Rating Summary
4,847
184
37
38
83
4,847
184
37
38
83

Attila

19 years of experience
906 reviews
Attila
19 years of experience
Cadillac SRX V6-3.6L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Edison, New Jersey
Attila was great! Very knowledgeable and actually detected a fault during a pre-purchase inspection that would have cost me later.
Lexus ES350 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Fords, New Jersey
He is very good—offered all the significant details we needed from the inspection. Helped us figure out what needed to be fixed.

Shawn

12 years of experience
285 reviews
Shawn
12 years of experience
Chevrolet Impala V6-3.6L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Shawn was prompt, professional, and delivered the promised service as expected. This was a used vehicle pre-purchase inspection. Shawn also had to drive to multiple locations to perform the inspection, as the address listed that I provided him with was not accurate, but he still made it to the correct location within his time window and completed the inspection.
Toyota Sequoia - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Akron, Pennsylvania
Shawn was very prompt in communicating with me and was good at helping me decide whether to purchase a used car. He help me avoid a car with a repaired rusted frame that could be a danger to my family's safety since we were planning on using the car to tow a travel trailer!

Luis

18 years of experience
320 reviews
Luis
18 years of experience
Honda HR-V L4-1.8L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Warren, New Jersey
Luis was great. He showed up on time, acted professionally, and gave me confidence with a pre-purchase car inspection.
Acura RDX - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - South Hackensack, New Jersey
Luis did a thorough pre-purchase inspection for me, and found several major issues that made me pass on buying the car. Had I purchased the car, I almost certainly would have ended up paying thousands in repairs down the road. Thanks Luis!

Robert

20 years of experience
1089 reviews
Robert
20 years of experience
Hyundai Elantra L4-2.0L - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Englewood, Colorado
He did a pre-purchase inspection for me. He was knowledgeable and fast, and knew what he was looking for. I really appreciate all the pictures and documentation he took of the state of the car before purchase. He noted potential issues with the car that I wouldn't have been able to notice. Would recommend.
GMC Savana 1500 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Golden, Colorado
I trust Robert. He gave me a list and we will take care of it the week of June 29. I will know then that my vehicle is ready for the winter and is safe to drive. I look forward to getting things ready for another winter of careful driving.

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Live in a City
Living Living and driving in the city means you’re faced with parking constraints, narrow streets, and the constant stop and go of traffic. With all of that said when you’re ready to purchase a used vehicle these are all things...
The Top 5 Selling Cars in Alaska in 2012
Alaska Alaska requires a different kind of vehicle to handle both the terrain and the wintery conditions. While some of the most popular options for the Alaskan terrain in previous years included options such as the Subaru Forester and the...
How to Drive a Toyota Prius
For For someone who has never driven a Prius, it may feel a bit like stepping into the cockpit of an alien spaceship when sliding into the driver’s seat. That’s because the Toyota Prius is a hybrid electric car and...

Related questions

How do you use the block heater?
If your car is equipped with a block heater (only those specifically destined for cold climates are so equipped), you have an important tool for ensuring that your car starts when the mercury plummets. The block heater keeps engine coolant...
I need help locating my starter
Replacing the starter can be a bit of a tricky job as it is located usually down on the driver's side of the motor underneath the exhaust manifold on the side of the engine block. It is mounted very close...
I have a 1999 chevrolet silverado 1500 5.3 vortec, engine is running hot very quickly and heater is not blowing hot.
Hi there. Generally speaking, when the heater is blowing cool air and the engine overheats, it's caused by the same thing - a clogged or damaged heater core. The coolant from the motor once hot circulates through the heater core...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

1 (855) 347-2779 · hi@yourmechanic.com