Pre-Owned Silverado: Three Generations of Excellence
At Frank Kent Chevrolet we enjoy the fact that our customers come from all walks of life, each looking to find the perfect vehicle for the unique demands of their lifestyle and budget. Some know exactly what they want, while others might be more interested in exploring their options. Some might be shopping around a budget, while others might be reaching for more aspirational offerings. No matter what, we’re here to help. And as excited as we (admittedly) are about recent changes to the ever-evolving Silverado, some of the most fun we have is helping those customers in search of used Chevy trucks.
Not only does the decision to buy pre-owned make a lot of sense financially (we’ll talk more about that later on) but with more than a century under Chevy’s belt, there’s no shortage of offerings worth considering. In 2019, of course, the Silverado rules supreme among the Chevy truck lineup having delivered three full generations of options to choose from. And if you’re taking heed of Chevy’s commercials, looking to ‘Find New Roads’ and get more of out of your next truck, the Silverado is a great place to start.
Getting to Know the Silverado
First introduced for the 1999 model year, the Silverado served to herald in a new era of forward-thinking Chevy trucks. A perennial favorite, with over 12 million units sold since its introduction, the Silverado stands as one of the most popular pickup trucks on the planet. Available in both light and heavy-duty offerings, it’s been widely celebrated as the gold standard in dependability well into (now, what is) its fourth generation.
In the beginning, the Silverado arrived in a number of forms including a half-ton, as well as SuperSport and hybrid variants. In fact, the 2004 release of the latter owns the distinction of being the first hybrid passenger vehicle released by General Motors. But it’s the standard V6 and V8 powertrains that quickly asserted the Silverado 1500 as one of the most capable trucks on the planet. Expansion into the heavy-duty segment, with 1500, 2500 and 3500HD variants only served to reinforce the appeal.
But it was the second-generation offerings (beginning in 2007) that felt fully-formed, certain of its own identity, and ready to battle for its place atop global favorites. In fact, that first model year earned the Silverado picks for both ‘North American Truck of the Year’ and the coveted ‘Truck of the Year’ title from Motor Trend.
Served up in one of three cab configurations (two-door ‘Regular’, four-door ‘Extended’ and ‘Crew’) the choice of regular or extended bed lengths made the Silverado fitting for every palate. Factor in the availability of both rear and four-wheel drivetrains, and the choices grew even wider. The Silverado provided a well-realized lineup of trucks fitting for every type of driver. 2010 and 2012 each brought mid-cycle refreshes which served to systematically address any minor shortcomings and further refining the individual identity of each trim level.
And it was here that we really began to feel the inclusion of technology, at least by today’s standards. The growing inclusion of touchscreen interfaces (predating Chevy’s MyLink system) crept into certain trim levels, as did the hints of Bluetooth connectivity.
This, of course, was taken to the next level with the introduction of 3rd-gen Silverado for the 2014 model year. Fully redesigned, the Silverado featured three EcoTec3 engines: a (285hp) 4.3-liter V6, (355hp) 5.3-liter V8 and (420hp) 6.2-liter V8. It also included the (now-named) MyLink as a standard feature on models, Bluetooth connectivity as well as a USB/auxiliary jack and Apple-brand input. This was a Silverado for a new generation, ushering in the evolved expectations of today’s drivers and earning ‘Truck of the Year’ honors at the 2014 NAIAS.
In the years since, the Silverado has continued to evolve in almost every way imaginable. Powertrains have grown more diverse and capable, including the introduction of a 6.6-liter Duramax Diesel V8, and enjoying performance ratings up to 445hp and 910 lb-ft of torque (for properly-equipped HD variants). The hierarchy of trim levels, and availability of special edition offerings had become more inspired. Safety and Driver Assistive features have been enhanced, and infotainment technologies have grown more connective and immersive to ensure passenger enjoyment.
At the end of the day, anyone considering used Chevy trucks, specifically the Silverado, have plenty of options to choose from. Across the last two decades, there has been no shortage of inspired offerings reflective of GM and Chevy’s desire for continual evolution. Tangible at every turn, and in every model year offering, it simply comes down to what you’re looking for in your next pre-owned truck. No matter what that list holds, the Silverado has you covered.
The Value of Buying Pre-Owned
As with any vehicle purchase, there is value built into the decision to buy a pre-owned vehicle versus a new model year offering. This is due largely to two factors: depreciation and the lower incremental costs associated with buying and owning one.
In regard to the former, the original owner of a truck shoulders the lion’s share of its depreciation (normally occurring within the first five years of ownership). Even maintained in pristine condition, a truck will have lost nearly 1/3 of its value within three years. This means that the secondary owner can pay significantly less for a relatively new truck that would have cost far more had they attempted to purchase it brand new. And with General Motors leading the pack of in-segment competitors when it comes to incorporating infotainment technologies, a Chevy truck with a few years on it is still likely to be one of the best-equipped trucks on the road.
Regarding the latter point, there are certain costs tied to the purchase, ownership and operation of any vehicle. In most states, taxes, as well as title and registration fees are all significantly lower for pre-owned vehicles. The same applies to the incremental costs of insuring that vehicle across its lifetime.
Of course, some of you might be perfectly fine with a starting price tag of $28,300 for a brand new light-duty Silverado or $37,600 and up for an HD variant. For the rest of you, however, you can feel confident in any decision to purchase a used Silverado.
Interested in Going Pre-Owned?
If so, you’ve come to the right place. At Frank Kent Chevrolet, we are community driven, locally different, and offer the finest selection of used Chevy trucks around. This means that, not only can we help you find the perfect truck for your lifestyle and budget, but your satisfaction is our priority.
Since 1935 we have aspired to create a welcoming environment for both customers and employees. This commitment to professionalism, integrity and sound business ethics helps to distinguish the Frank Kent team from other dealerships who might be more focused on ‘the sale’ or (even worse) up-selling you into a vehicle you don’t want. We’re simply here to help you find the right Chevy truck for you so that you can find new roads of your own.