Trucks have a different purpose than a car, so it is designed and constructed in a different way than a car. Trucks are mostly used for moving heavy objects from one place to another which are usually heavy. Cars just move people for the most part so there is less weight involved. Bacause of these reasons, trucks must be made a lot stronger to be able to be dependable for the tasks they have been designed for.
It is no surprise that the average lifespan for a truck is significantly longer than a car’s. A truck typically lasts more than 200,000 miles before its major systems start to wear out, while the average car in comparable condition needs to be replaced every 100,000 miles or so. Moreover, trucks are generally built for heavy-duty tasks; and because of this they have stronger frames made of higher grade steel, more powerful engines, and just designed to be able to take more abuse than cars.
Trucks have a lot of things going for them that lead to a more durable lifespan. For instance, they’re bigger and heavier than cars so that they can handle more weight and pressure. Trucks use diesel engines which are typically less complicated and therefore less likely to malfunction over time. Diesel engines have much higher heat efficiency than gasoline engines, and it’s easy to make high compression ratios for diesel engines. Trucks are usually built to handle the high temperatures of burning diesel fuel. Moreover, trucks are meant to run on the road constantly, which means they’re designed to withstand the weather, potholes, and other bumps and bruises.
1. More Frequent Repairs and Maintenance
Because trucks have to deal with rough, rugged terrain from day one, they endure more wear and tear than a typical passenger car. As a result, truck owners need to perform more frequent repairs and maintenance in order to keep their vehicles on the road. Trucks used commercially see even more wear-and-tear than those used as personal vehicles and thus require even more frequent service.
It’s not just how often a truck needs repairs that make it last longer than a car but also how typical severe repairs are on a truck. The average car driven 20,000 to 25,000 miles per year will need two to three significant repairs throughout its lifetime; truck owners need to plan for four to six.
2. Robust Features
Trucks are built to last years and years longer than cars, which gives them the ability to come with more robust features that make them more comfortable and convenient on long trips. For example, trucks with four-wheel drive have the ability to drive on snow, mud, and other off-road surfaces. The seats in a truck are also much more comfortable for long trips.
Based on the fact that trucks will be used for more than 10 hours daily, the producers design the different elements of the trucks so that they will not fail or overheat despite being used continuously.
Trucks often have more robust frames made of heavy steel, making them more resistant to damage from collision or other accidental damage, making them last longer. Cars usually have thinner aluminum and steel frames, which are much less durable in a crash.
Truck wheels may rotate at a higher gear ratio than a typical vehicle—which is necessary when hauling or racing over rough terrain because high gear ratios provide more incredible speed and enhance maneuverability over uneven terrain and hills. While a car’s performance can suffer when it reaches the highest gears, trucks will typically keep moving even if they’re in the top two or three gears.
3. More Power And Versatility Of The Engine
Trucks have powerful engines with high torque to pull and carry lots of weight. Cars often have smaller engines with less power and low torque, which means they have to rev higher to move the same mass, while trucks often have a lower engine speed, which reduces their power consumption and makes them better at pulling bigger loads.
A lot of cars are powered by engines that are smaller than those found in trucks. While the power output in most trucks won’t compare to a typical car, some come with V8 or even V12 engines, which can offer greater speed and torque.
A truck’s suspension is much more sophisticated than that of a car. Many trucks have different suspension systems to handle off-road environments, traffic, and other road conditions. In fact, the engine may be mounted in an entirely different area under the hood, which allows for greater ground clearance or even a lowered ride height.
4. Built to Last
Due to the fact that trucks are typically more specialized, this means that manufacturers are able to focus on a single application. This allows manufacturers to design the frame and other components of a truck so they can be used in an extreme environment. This makes it so trucks will last longer than cars because they are built with higher quality materials and with the knowledge that they will be used in extreme environments.
Agriculture, construction, food delivery, and other industries have unique needs when operating different types of vehicles. This means the truck must be built to handle the rigors of the job, which makes them last longer.
Another reason that most moving trucks are built to last longer is their purpose. Moving trucks are typically used in very harsh environments and can withstand intense obstacles, like waves of traffic and different types of weather.
5. Truck Owners Have Mechanical Skills
In many cases, truck owners are professionals that work with their hands. Thus, they drive their trucks as part of their work or business. Many have basic mechanical skills to handle minor repairs.
Due to their mechanical skills, truck owners spend considerable time maintaining their truck, and they know their vehicles more. On the other hand, and this is may be a stereotype but most car owners have no interest in their car’s maintenance other than taking it in for a scheduled maintenance and hardly have any mechanical skills. Before a situation worsens, truck owners can notice it and perform some basic repairs.
The simplest service procedures, such as changing the oil and cleaning or replacing the air filter, can all be completed by the truck driver. They can find any truck issue, such as an oil leak or noise, early on. This guarantees that the truck will endure longer and that only simple, affordable repairs are needed.
The truck owner usually desires a dependable truck that can be used for several hours every day without component or system failure because the trucks being used for heavy duty work. Therefore, the truck manufacturers are conscious that truck buyers desire heavy-duty, high-quality, long-lasting vehicles.
A truck costs substantially more than a comparable car. To ensure that there are fewer issues with the truck and that it may be used for many years without requiring significant repairs, the truck designer can invest in the finest quality parts and the most robust materials available. Contrarily, cars are mainly used for a few hours each day for driving to work and other comparable purposes. Additionally, they are not made to support particularly big weights. When buying a car, its cost is one of the most significant factors for the customer.
Therefore, the carmaker will choose the parts and materials for the car based on the cost they plan to sell it for. The majority of automobiles usually cannot be used for two decades as opposed to trucks.
In conclusion, trucks last longer than cars because of the way they are built to last. The materials are more robust, the engines are more durable, and they’re made to be used on the road instead of in a garage. They’re also built to handle a lot of different climates because they’re always on the road. They also typically use diesel engines, meaning there’s less chance of an engine malfunctioning or burning out over time.
Valik loves tinkering in the garage and is currently restoring a 2000 GMC Sierra 1500 truck. He also writes about the progress on this blog. When not in the garage, Valik is also a web developer and a blogger. I know, strange, a hand in two completely different worlds. And that is the way he likes to keep it.