What Truck Parts Are OK to Cheap out On?

In life, there are some things that you should never buy cheap. Tires, mattress and gas station sushi are some of the things that come to mind. But when it comes to you, you don’t always have to shell out top bucks for maintenance and repair. This does not mean that you should go for the cheapest thing when it comes to these ingredients. It only means that buying the most expensive product will not give you much benefit. So, can you save money?

exhaust system

Well, I’m starting to make a controversial note here. But when it comes to a modern truck, spending big won’t get you much return in terms of performance. What a fancy catback exhaust will give you is an improved sound.

It’s great if you put your car in performance situations, like on track. However, the average Joe probably doesn’t track their truck.

Brake and accelerator pedals | Jochen Eckel via Getty Images

According to mid-level brake fluid, it should last as long as the expensive stuff. So unless you’re putting your brakes through the wringer on a daily basis, you can save some money.

Spark plugs

This may come as a bit of a surprise. But on a modern, unmodified pickup truck, you can probably get away with the jacks your truck came with. If your truck has a V8, these premium spark plugs can cost more. And you probably won’t see a significant increase in performance.

The general rule for things like spark plugs is to find the middle ground. Spark plugs are a very vital part of your engine. So you don’t want to skimp, but regular plugs can be found for around $5.

What is worth paying more money for your truck?

Some things you just won’t want to go the cheap route for, and the first thing that comes to mind is gas. If your truck requires a premium, you’ll probably want to stick with that. Fortunately, most trucks will be fine with regular gas. When I tested the 2022 Tundra, I was surprised to see 87 octane recommended, even though the same engine requires an extra premium.

Full-size 2022 Toyota Tundra pickup.
2022 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport | Toyota
The first place you should never take your truck for service

If you plan on paying someone to service your truck, make sure you go to a reputable shop. It is not always necessary to service at a dealership, but you do want your truck to run properly. This means that someone who knows what they’re doing should be assigned maintenance and repair needs.

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