If you are looking for an affordable yet highly capable pickup, then used Chevy trucks are a great place to start. From the compact and efficient midsize Chevy Colorado all the way up to the mighty Chevy Silverado HD, the Chevrolet truck lineup offers something for everyone. But which of these used Chevy trucks is the right choice for you?
If you need the versatility of a pickup for odd jobs, but will be primarily using the truck as a daily driver, then either a Chevy Colorado or a base engine Chevy Silverado 1500 will be a good pick. The Chevy Colorado will be a bit handier in daily life and burn a bit less fuel, but the Chevy Silverado 1500 will offer the flexibility of more cab space and a larger bed. However, if you will be regularly carrying larger cargoes or light trailers, then the Chevy Silverado 1500 is the ideal choice. The top of the line Chevy Silverado HD three-quarter-ton and one-ton trucks offer even more capability, especially if you need their extra muscle for heavy payloads or large trailers. If you are looking for an off-road truck, then the Z71 trim of any of these trucks is a solid option, but the ultimate choice is the Chevy Colorado ZR2.
The second question you must ask yourself when shopping for a used pickup is just how old you want to go. A general rule of thumb is that the best value trucks are usually around three to five years old. This means that you will probably be looking at either a second-generation Chevy Colorado or a third-generation Chevy Silverado. The second-generation Colorado was introduced for the 2015 model year, which puts it right in the sweet spot for used trucks. However, if you want something a little older, be aware that the first-generation Colorado was discontinued after the 2012 model year, leaving a two-year gap in production. The third-generation Chevy Silverado ran from the 2014 to 2018 model years for the Silverado 1500 and from the 2015 to 2019 model years for the Silverado HD.
Since it makes up the bulk of the used Chevy trucks for sale, the third-generation Chevy Silverado 1500 deserves a closer look at its many options. Three different engines are available for this truck. The base 4.3L V6 offers a capable 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to tow up to 7,600 pounds. But if you need more power, then the truck is also available with either a 5.3L V8 producing 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, or an even larger 6.2L V8 generating an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. With a V8 and the Max Tow Package, a third-generation Silverado can tow over 12,000 pounds. However, while the extra power of the larger engines means higher payloads, it also means a lower fuel economy. So if you are looking for a truck that will be spending most of its time taking you to work, the base engine might be the better choice.
There are seven different trim levels for the third generation Chevy Silverado 1500. The base work truck trims are the 1WT and 2WT. Although both of these represent simple high-value trucks, the 2WT has more modern features, including a 4.2” cabin touch screen for superior infotainment functionality. The more comfortable trims are the LT and LTZ, both of which also come in Z71 off-road variants. These two trims are available with more comfort and entertainment features such as an 8” touch screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, and leather seats. Finally, there is the premium High Country trim with its plethora of luxury features and upscale materials. Although shopping on the used market will often mean that your choice of trim levels will be more limited, the LT and LTZ trims generally offer the best balance of features to cost.
Chevrolet has been building trucks for over 100 years, making it one of the oldest truck manufacturers in the world. Although its early truck models were simple vehicles, by the middle of the 1900s, Chevrolet had hit its stride and began producing a steady stream of classic trucks such as the Advanced Design and Task Force series vehicles. While you might not be in the market for these antique designs, Chevy’s long history of building capable and rugged trucks means that there is a used Chevy truck for everyone’s needs.
Perhaps the oldest truck that the average driver will be interested in is the iconic Chevy C/K model. Originally introduced for the 1960 model year, the older generations of this truck are now collector's items. However, the fourth-generation Chevy C/K did not finally leave production until the end of the 1990s. And although we have not seen many late model Chevy C/K trucks recently, examples in good condition still turn up occasionally.
But the single most commonly talked about used Chevy pickup is the Chevy Silverado. Introduced for the 1998 model year, this full-size truck replaced the Chevy C/K series with a more modern and more capable design. Ranging from the half-ton Chevy Silverado 1500 to the three quarter ton Chevy Silverado 2500, to the one-ton Chevy Silverado 3500, this model offers something for nearly every driver. Whether you are interested in a basic work truck or a comfortable daily driver, a light-duty vehicle, or a powerful trailer puller, there is a used Silverado to suit your needs.
However, as capable as the Chevy Silverado is, some drivers prefer something a little more compact and more efficient. In the 1980s and 1990s, this niche was filled by the Chevy S-10. Used examples of this older midsize pickup still makes for a solid alternative to a Chevy C/K or an early Chevy Silverado. However, for the 2004 model year, the Chevy S-10 was replaced by the all-new Chevy Colorado. Complementing the larger Chevy Silverado, the Chevy Colorado is a more modern and capable design while remaining just as compact and efficient as its predecessor. And while the Chevy Colorado may not have become as popular as its larger counterpart, it still plays a massive part in today's Chevy lineup. And, in all, this entire history of Chevy trucks has brought the brand to its modern-day success.
If you are looking for a good way to spend your day in the Buford area after visiting our dealership to look at used Chevy trucks, cars, or SUVs, then there are plenty of attractions even without taking the trip down into Atlanta.
If you want an indoor activity, perhaps to escape the heat of the summer months, then the massive Mall of Georgia is just a few minutes away at 3333 Buford Dr in Buford, GA. This two-story mall is the largest in the state of Georgia and provides an endless variety of shopping and dining experiences. With well over a hundred shops and eating places, we are confident that you will be able to find an entertaining way to spend your day no matter how much time you have. From clothing and jewelry to books and electronics, the Mall of Georgia has it all. There is even an IMAX theater and a stage for live entertainment if you want to sit down and catch a movie or event before continuing with your day.
However, if large malls are not your scene, then you could visit the nearby Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center at 2020 Clean Water Dr in Buford, GA instead. With over 233 acres of wooded land, this center offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun. These include walking trails, tennis courts, and even a treetop ropes course. There is also a collection of indoor environmental exhibits to explore if you want a short break from the outside. And if you are traveling with your pets, the whole place is animal friendly, so you can give your furry friend a place to run around before getting back in the car. Of course, if you want more suggestions for places to spend some time while visiting our neighborhood, then feel free to ask us. We are always happy to help our customers out in any way possible, especially when it comes to having fun.
There have been two generations of the Chevy Colorado. The first generation was phased out after the 2012 model year, while the second generation was not released until the 2015 model year. This several-year gap in production must be kept in mind when shopping for a used Chevy Colorado as it impacts what would have been some of the highest value model years on the used market. But if you are wading through the Chevy Colorado options, any of the second-generation trucks will be a great choice.
Not only are the second-generation trucks modern vehicles with a wide array of features and technology, but they are generally very capable and are just as efficient as some of the newer vehicles. Inside even the oldest second generation trucks, you will find 4-inch or 8-inch infotainment screens, a standard backup camera, and multiple USB ports for charging electronic devices. Newer model years of the Chevy Colorado take this even further and offer modern technologies such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, 4G LTE wireless internet, and the full range of advanced driver assistance features from forward collision alert to rear park assist.
Since its launch, the second-generation Chevy Colorado has had the choice between a base 2.5L four-cylinder engine and a larger 3.6L V6. Although neither of these choices can match the power of the engines that are available for the Chevy Silverado, they are both respectable options and are far more efficient than the power plants in the larger truck.
The smaller engine in the second-generation Chevy Colorado produces 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque, which is enough for up to 3,500 pounds of towing capacity. However, the larger V6 engine generates a best in class 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to pull up to 7,000 pounds. Further, this extra power comes with no significant loss of fuel economy. While the 2.5L engine is rated for up to 22 miles per gallon combined, the V6 is right behind it at up to 21 miles per gallon combined. This means that efficiency can be found on every level of the Chevy Colorado.
However, there is also a 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel option that was introduced for the 2016 model year. This engine offers an excellent 25 miles per gallon combined on top of a 7,700-pound tow rating provided by its powerful 369 lb-ft of torque. Although used trucks with this engine are a bit more challenging to find, they are the best choice for drivers looking for both efficiency and power. And this engine entirely rounds out the options for the second-generation Chevy Colorado, making it one of the best used trucks on the market today.
Rick Hendrick Chevrolet of Buford is located close to Interstate 985, roughly thirty minutes from downtown Atlanta. This convenient location is easy to reach from all directions, whether you are traveling to us from Atlanta or from one of the surrounding towns.
If you are coming from Atlanta, then the fastest way to get to us is to get on Interstate 85 north and follow it until Interstate 985 splits off. Merge onto Interstate 985 and take it until the first exit at the overpass. The off ramp for Exit 4 will end in a four way intersection with Buford Drive, take a left here across the overpass, and then take the first right onto S Lee Street. Follow this road through the large four way intersection, and our dealership will be on your immediate left.
From the opposite direction and the Gainesville area, then you will want to get on Interstate 985. Follow the interstate until Exit 4, and once you have exited, take a right turn onto Buford Drive. You will then take another right at the intersection to get onto S Lee Street. This street will take you through another intersection, and Rick Hendrick Chevrolet will be directly across from you on the left.
If traveling from the Cumming or Canton area, the easiest route to us is along Highway 20. Take the highway to Buford city center and turn left at the central intersection onto Buford Highway (there will be a Hardee’s restaurant on your left at the intersection). After leaving the intersection, there will be a stretch of trees on your left, immediately followed by our dealership entrance. If you miss the first entrance, do not worry because a left turn at the next intersection will also get you to us.