No Truck Needed - 2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS Long-Term Road Test

2013 Cadillac ATS: No Truck Needed

August 21, 2013

2013 Cadillac ATS

Lately, I've been giving serious thought to buying a used pickup, something like a Nissan Frontier. I enjoy driving trucks, and since I've blithely entered into a home renovation project, I'd have the ability to make a hardware store run whenever the mood strikes.

The problem is, of course, that with the house sucking up all available funds, a used truck doesn't really fit into the budget. Last night, I was driving our long-term 2013 Cadillac ATS, and I decided to buy a new bathroom sink and cabinet that I'd researched online. If it doesn't fit in the Caddy, I told myself, I'll just arrange to pick it up later.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Boy, do I have a lot to learn about shopping at Ikea.

Although I bought what I consider a genuinely nice bathroom vanity, there's still significant assembly required, and with two separate boxes (plus a third for the faucet), it fit into the ATS's not very large trunk with minimal effort on my part. If only toilets were this compact.

2013 Cadillac ATS

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 13,345 miles


  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    There are some nice lease deals out there for some trucks if you're not going to use it as a DD and/or not keeping it around long. A quick search on the interwebz shows you can lease a Ram crew cab for 2 years, $1.5k down and $200/month. Not sure how extensive of a renovation you're planning but it may be worth it.

  • farvy_ farvy_ Posts:

    Forget about buying a used truck. Won't be worth it when you add up the purchase cost, insurance cost, maintenance, fuel cost, repairs, finding a place to park it, etc. If you are doing serious home renovation, you will need serious cash. Don't waste it on a truck. You work for Edmunds & have access to numerous large vehicles in your LT fleet. Borrow one of those. You probably have friends with large vehicles. Borrow one of those. Put some gas in their tank as a thank you. I've done it with our neighbors Trailblazer. In a dire situation, go to Home Depot (where you'll probably be spending lots of time anyway) & rent their pickup. It's like $20 for 75 minutes. I've done it several times, & not for even bringing things home from HD. I've done it to pickup furniture to avoid large delivery fees. Skip the used truck.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    +1 farvy. Just shop for your larger items all at the same time...I think as soon as your HD order clears $500 or $600, you get free delivery anyway. Oh, and really nice bathroom cabinets don't come knocked down in a box from Ikea.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Good thing you guys just got a Silverado in the LT fleet. You should probably get priority on that sign-out list. I'm thinking you'll have plenty of other options so you don't have to buy your own truck, but the Frontier is pretty nice. My father-in-law has one and I was impressed by the relative refinement in the ride and engine.

  • boff_ boff_ Posts:

    Looks like you've got everything BUT the sink there... A lot of stores will rent you a truck for a pretty reasonable fee. I'd go that route rather than buying a dedicated vehicle.

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