On my way back from the Financial Blogger’s Conference I made a detour to visit my mom. She lives in a small, rural town and almost everyone there drives a truck. A truck is the default vehicle for most of the residents, whether they are male or female, young or old.
This is a poor town and I hate to think how much money it is costing people to drive a truck rather than a fuel efficient car. Some of the people do need the truck for their work, but most people have a truck just because everyone else has a truck so they do too. These trucks are mainly driven back and forth to work and never have anything more than a couple of bags of groceries in the bed. Many of the trucks have accessories such as cattle guards even though the trucks never leave the pavement. I doubt many of the owners of these vehicles have ever figured out how much it is costing them to own a truck.
Some owners might think they need a truck because they do need to load things in the pickup bed a few times a year. If one is only needing the actual functionality of the truck a few times a year it would be cheaper to rent a truck or get a truck hire. Trucks can be rented at a fairly cheap daily rate and Home Depot even rents trucks by the hour. An article at Mr. Money Mustache explains how you can turn a little car into a big one and thus eliminate the need for a truck. The strategies in the post are to add a roof rack or even better add a bumper cargo box since it is more aerodynamic. If those two strategies don’t add enough space it is suggested that a small trailer can be obtained cheaply and be towed by even a relatively small car. You also can fit a lot in a hatchback or wagon. I’m able to sleep in the back of my hatchback and used it when I moved out of my latest apartment.
If you are driving a truck, you might ask yourself whether you really need the truck and whether you are getting a good value from owning a truck.