Most trucks take a beating that is very different from what your regular luxury or family sedan, hatchback or SUV will receive. They tow heavy stuff, they carry heavy loads and are basically the mules of the daily heavy user.

Checking out used pick-up trucks for sale is more complicated than just looking at the bodywork and listening to how the engine purrs. You have to ensure that you are not only buying a good service truck but also a resilient brand that will serve you for years to come.

That is why you have to only shop for the most reliable pick-up trucks of all time. Here is a list of the top trucks you should focus on.

2009 Ford F-250 Super Duty

This is a great option if you want a full-sized truck that is capable, reliable and comfortable. The reliable four-wheel drive train makes it a good every-day working truck regardless of where you take it while the well thought out suspension makes it a comfortable ride even when cruising up and down poorly surfaced roads. Look for a truck below the 100k mile mark, or you will have to replace the fuel pump as this is the most notable fail point of this truck.

2009 Ford Ranger

The 2009 Ford Ranger is rugged, nondescript and reliable. It is the perfect buy if you are looking for something that will always work, is easy to maintain and doesn’t necessarily turn faces. You can choose between the 143hp four-cylinder engine or the 207hp V6 depending on your power requirements.

As for the trim, lookout for the FX4 Level II. It has all the cool perks like 31 inches (0.79 m) all-terrain tires, skid plates, a limited slip diff, and tow hooks.

2011 Toyota Tundra

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Toyota is well-known for building rugged machines that keep on running year in year out no matter what you throw at them. The Tundra is no different.

It is a reliable machine that will make long rides pleasurable and still give you the power you need to tow and carry loads over a variety of terrains. If you spend most of the hours on the highway, you will find its ergonomic controls and safety features highly welcome.

2012 RAM 1500

The 2012 model year was a great year for the Dodge Ram 1500 thanks to their efforts to address the wrongs they did in 2010. The result is an impressive half-ton pick-up that is a resilient hauler when you want it to and a comfortable ride when you want to cruise.

A cool interior with impressive storage solutions gives it a car-like feel making it the perfect truck for the hard working American who needs the power but also wants to feel good when going about his or her business.

Choosing the right truck requires more than just inspecting the condition of the machine you want to buy. Apart from this, you have to look into the model year and find out what other people are saying about the truck. Couple this with choosing the right balance of power, ruggedness, and comfort, and you will get the perfect truck for your budget.