Used Pickup Trucks Make Great Off-Roading Vehicles

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Today’s blog was written by Daniel Scheffler, our summer intern in the Communications department at Copart.

A used truck makes a great off-road vehicle.
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Enjoy off-roading? Online auto auctions at Copart offer a large market of affordable salvage and clean title vehicles like Jeep, Land Rover, and pickup trucks.

So why are trucks so great for off-road adventures? Well, as technology advances, newer and safer models of the pickup truck are manufactured each year. This automatically makes off-roading sound more intriguing. Now we’ll take a glimpse at more cool facts and reasons why off-road pickup trucks are so great.

Pickup Trucks Have Versatility

These pathless vehicles have many uses and are very versatile. While some trucks are used for hauling or towing, there are other trucks designed for trails and off-road experiences. Motorsports like mud racing, desert racing, and even rock crawling are just some ways people like to use their trucks for off-roading entertainment.

Typically, when you think of vehicles capable of rough terrain, the brands Jeep or Land Rover might come to mind. However, it’s indisputable that the most common type of off-road vehicle is a pickup truck. In fact, about 1 in 5 automobiles sold in the U.S. are pickup trucks.

Some of the best off-road pickup trucks of the year include the Ford F-150 Raptor, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Nissan Frontier PRO-4X, and Jeep Gladiator. Ford seems to have a history of producing first class trucks.

Ford Finishes First

Ford pickup trucks win many off-road races around the world.
Ford pickup trucks win many off-road races around the world.. Photo courtesy

If you want an example of pickup trucks winning at the off-road game, consider looking into the Baja 1000, a Mexican desert race held every year on the Baja California Peninsula. The event is the finale of a four-race series and attracts competitors from all over the world. Ford trucks are among the top when it comes to winning the event; these trucks have won the most since the first race in 1967, with 20 combined victories.

The Dakar Rally is another off-road racing event held annually. It began in 1978 in Paris, France, and ended in Dakar, Senegal, but due to security threats nearby, they were forced to change locations in 2009. This race now runs through Saudi Arabia’s Rub’ Al Khali desert (Arabic for the empty quarter)– one of the largest sand deserts in the world. Not to mention, this two-week race is home to some awesome off-road trucks, with pickups well represented.

A pickup truck competes in the Dakar Rally, one of the most grueling off-road races in the world.
A pickup truck competes in the Dakar Rally, one of the most grueling off-road races in the world. Photo courtesy of

Thinking about taking the road less traveled? Or in this case, an unpaved road? Race to our online vehicle auctions so you can score that low-cost pickup truck for your next off-roading adventure.  

Low-Cost Pickup Trucks

Affordable pickup trucks are available to bid on or buy during our weekly online auto auctions all over the globe.

Many of our trucks at auction are low cost due to possible damages. A truck with a salvage title isn’t necessarily ready to drive as a result of prior damage, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy it for cheap parts or even rebuild it for fun. You can use our Vehicle Finder tool to view our wide selection of cars and narrow your options for your specific wants or needs.

Where to Buy

First off, when using common sites like Craigslist or other marketplaces, you run the risk of being scammed. Of course, a trusty relative, a close friend or even a longtime neighbor might help. But you can never be too cautious, especially when you’re making a financial decision. An auto broker gives you the peace of mind you need and depending on your licensing, you may be required to use one when purchasing a vehicle with Copart.

When buying from a private seller, no third-party broker is required. However, there are many benefits of using an auto broker. If you need help with choosing one, you can visit Copart’s trusted list of brokers. Although it may add an extra fee, you can expect them to be by your side to answer any questions, inspect cars at auction, locate specific parts, find repair services and even help negotiate a final price. Overall, they’ll have you covered when you’re bidding or buying from Copart’s car auctions. 

In Conclusion…

Next time you’re dreaming about sweet off-road trucks, you can explore our incredible inventory. Copart can also help arrange transportation for your purchased vehicle the next time you’re looking for spare parts, your next rebuild project, or a truck in near new condition.

Get started in three easy steps. Register for an account, confirm your details and documents and then choose the membership right for you. After that, you can bid, buy and win. Good hunting.

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