There is nothing that can compare to driving a quality pickup truck, and no other truck can compare to the ones made by Chevrolet. When you get behind the wheel of a Chevy truck, you will be struck by the ruggedness of the truck’s build, the comfort of its interior cab, and the versatility of its capability. One of the best ways to buy your next truck is used. This will save you money, allowing you to buy a higher trim or one of the stronger powertrains than you would if you bought a new Chevy truck.
If you are looking for a new vehicle, you need to make Crossroads Chevrolet Buick GMC your used Chevy truck dealership. We carry a vast inventory of used Chevy trucks, including the Chevy Colorado midsize truck and the lineup of Chevy Silverado models. Whether you are buying a used heavy-duty Silverado 2500HD or 3500HD or a full-size Silverado 1500, you will find an incredible assortment of cab styles, trim levels, drivetrains, and powertrains, so that you can find the right used Chevy truck for you. Chevy offers more different truck configurations because the folks at Chevrolet understand that each driver has a different specific use for their used truck. When you come here, we will help you find the used Chevy truck that is just right for you!
When you get behind the wheel of your used Chevy Colorado or Silverado, you are stepping into a trucking legacy that stretches over 100 years. In fact, the first Chevy truck to hit the road was the Chevrolet One-Ton in 1918. This was soon followed by a smaller, half-ton model called the Chevy Model 490. Rudimentary by today’s standards, this open cab with a large, flatbed payload helped revolutionize the automotive industry. Not only was it the company’s first purpose-built pickup truck, but it was also affordable and configurable, ready to suit the needs of truck drivers who planned to use it for commercial or personal purposes. A driver could build his cab and bed or leave it to his local dealer. This strategy of making versatile trucks would remain the driving force behind Chevy trucks.
As time changed, so did Chevy trucks. In 1929, Chevy replaced the One-Ton with the International Series AC Light Delivery. Gone were the four-cylinder engine and wooden wheels, replaced with a 6-cylinder OHV gas engine called the “Stovebolt” and steel wheels for greater strength. With the upgrades came the ability to carry 1.5-tons instead of the previous one-ton limit. Two years later, Chevy started building the entire truck at its factory instead of just providing the chassis and leaving it to dealers or drivers to provide the cab and bed.
Up until this time, the Chevy truck looked so different from what we think of today as a pickup. That would all change in 1938 with the introduction of the Chevrolet Half-Ton. This featured a vertical grille, swept fenders, and a two-seat enclosed cab with an enclosed payload bed with a shape that would be refined over time to become today’s pickup truck. This makes sense since the Half-Ton was the work of the aptly named Art and Color department at Chevrolet.
Just as Chevy trucks were hitting their stride, it all ended. Well, just for five years as Chevy directed all of its efforts to helping the Allies win World War II. As often happens in wartime, necessity is the mother of invention as innovation moves at a frenetic pace. Chevy leveraged these advances to its next major model, the 3100 Series, introduced in 1947. This was the first Chevy truck to feature the “Advance Design” styling, as well as offering a wider bench allowing for seating of up to three passengers in its cab. It also included such creature comforts as an in-dash radio and fresh-air heater/defroster, features that would become standard in the years to come.
With the '50s came a new styling design and the start of the Task Force generation of trucks. These featured recessed headlights, wraparound windshields, two-tone paint jobs, and styling that more resembled the popular passenger cars of the times. The Chevy truck was moving from a purely utilitarian appearance to a more stylish look, with form and function taking equal place.
Nevertheless, in 1960, Chevy introduced the C/K line, headlined by the half-ton Chevy C10. This combined the styling of the Task Force trucks with the capabilities of the 3100 Series. The C designation was used for rear-wheel drive models, while the K was for four-wheel drive models, affording truckers greater traction. The second-generation C/K line, introduced in 1967, was called the Action Line and gave drivers a choice of 6-cylinder and big-block V8 engines. A clear path to the modern Chevy truck was forming.
The next leap came in 1973, with the introduction of Chevy’s first true heavy-duty pickup, the C30 One-Ton. This bigger and broader truck came with a standard V8, as well as Chevy’s first factory-installed Crew Cab. Suddenly, drivers were given a truck with powerful towing and hauling capability, as well as the ability to carry up to six passengers. This model also hinted at bigger and better things in the future, with the offer of a top luxury trim called the Silverado starting in 1975.
The final step towards today’s trucks was made in 1988, with the fourth generation of C/K trucks, referred to as the C/K1500. This full-size truck was the first to allow drivers to shift in and out of four-wheel drive to better match road conditions. It also came equipped with an independent front suspension. For Chevy trucks, the future was now.
1999 would prove to be a big year for Chevy trucks. The decision had been made to come out with a new lineup of full-size and heavy-duty trucks with the name Silverado. Chevrolet had developed the name to connote a combination of ruggedness, versatility, and luxury, so it was fitting to call the trucks Silverado. The full-size model was given the number 1500, while there were initially three different heavy-duty models, the 1500 HD, 2500 HD, and 3500 HD. The first year gave drivers the choice of a two-door Regular Cab with one row of seats or a four-door Extended Cab with two rows of seats. That would change two years later when Chevy began offering drivers the option of an even larger, four-door Crew Cab. Chevy also came to change the name of the Extended Cab to Double Cab on the Silverado.
In addition to the choice of cab style, Silverado buyers were also given the choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive, as well as a number of different engines. The Silverado 1500 offered a choice of V6 and V8 gas engines, while the heavy-duty trucks came with either a V8 gas engine or a Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8. For the heavy-duty models, this would continue up to today, while the Silverado 1500 would offer a number of different engines over the years.
In all, the Silverado would undergo a series of changes and upgrades over the last two decades. With the second generation in 2007, Chevy would discontinue the Silverado 1500 HD, opting to focus on the 2500 HD and 3500 HD. The third generation was introduced in 2014 and would include Flex-Fuel engine options. The current model hit the road as the fourth generation in 2019. This would be the first model to offer drivers a Duramax Turbo-Diesel I-6 engine on the full-size Silverado 1500.
Throughout these years, Chevy would work to make Silverado more capable, with improved towing and hauling capability. It would also improve fuel economy on the Silverado truck. Throughout the changes, Chevy would continue to make the Silverado the most versatile truck on the road, with more trims, cab designs, powertrains, and payload bed options than comparable truck models from its competitors. This legacy gives you the options you need when buying a Silverado to get the model that works best for you.
Proving the truth to the old adage “good things come in small packages,” Chevy introduced the midsize Colorado in 2004. This smaller model gives drivers the option to drive a more fuel-efficient pickup truck that is easier to handle than the larger Silverado models while still getting the great capabilities afforded by a Chevy truck. Those first-generation Colorado trucks offered drivers a choice of two-door Regular Cab or four-door Extended Cab and Crew Cab designs. While the Crew Cab proved the roomiest design, the Regular Cab allowed drivers to tow heavier trailers and carry more cargo.
The first generation models also gave drivers a choice of two different engines, an I-4 and an I-5 gas engine. That’s right, the first models of the Colorado had a 5-cylinder engine. The engines were upgraded for the 2007 model year, improving horsepower and torque output. In 2009, Chevy even began offering a powerful V8 gas engine in the Colorado. These trucks proved popular, especially with drivers looking for a first truck to introduce them to the joys of driving a pickup truck.
Even so, Chevy discontinued the Colorado after the 2012 model year, opting to spend two years redesigning this midsize truck. The results were stunning. The second-generation Colorado was more rugged and stylish, with looks that were more than a passing resemblance to the Silverado. Gone was the Regular Cab, with drivers now choosing between an Extended Cab and a Crew Cab on the Colorado. Engine options were also narrowed down to an economical I-4 and a powerful V6. Chevy even added a turbo diesel engine option in 2016, giving drivers even more options.
Finally, the Colorado became the leading choice of midsize truck for off-road enthusiasts with the introduction of the ZR2 model in 2018. This purpose-built off-roader took the best of the Chevy Colorado and added so many special features and equipment that you could drive it right off the lot and onto the trail without needing any dealer-installed accessories. Whether you are looking for a midsize truck for work, commuting, or just off-road fun, there is nothing to match the Chevy Colorado.