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If you're interested in buying a pickup, you've probably realized that many new models have become very expensive, especially if you want one with some serious towing and hauling capabilities. Looking at used models may leave you wary, however, since so many truck owners test the limits of their vehicles. The solution? Get a certified pre-owned (CPO) model. Certified pre-owned pickups are only a few years old, but they offer a big discount, and they include a full manufacturer-backed warranty, so you don't need to worry about reliability issues. To help you narrow your search, we've rounded up six great certified pre-owned pickups with serious towing and hauling capabilities.

Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500HD

The heavy-duty Chevy Silverado -- available in 2500 or 3500 variants depending on your needs -- is one of the toughest trucks on the market. Boasting immense towing and payload capacities, the Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD also offer huge powertrains that tout up to 765 lb-ft of torque. And while a new Silverado HD can be a very pricy proposition, there are 900 different certified pre-owned models on Autotrader listed for an average price of around $43,200. Each comes with 1 year or 12,000 miles of additional bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage and up to 5 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection.

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Ford F-Series Super Duty

Like its Chevrolet, GMC and RAM rivals, the Ford F-Series Super Duty is offered in 250 or 350 variants depending on your exact needs. But both models tout amazing capabilities, boasting almost 800 lb-ft of torque and a towing capacity that tops 20,000 pounds with proper equipment. Unfortunately, new Super Duty models can be very pricy, but that's where Ford's certified pre-owned warranty comes in. Not only does it offer 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage, but it boasts some serious savings. There are more than 700 different certified pre-owned Super Duty models listed on Autotrader for an average price of $45,300, which is a big discount from new.

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GMC Sierra 2500/3500HD

The heavy-duty GMC Sierra -- offered in 2500HD and 3500HD variants -- is a serious pickup, touting excellent capacities that place it among the most capable vehicles on the market. Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD models also offer huge powertrains, boasting up to 765 lb-ft of torque if you spring for the most impressive engine. But while new heavy-duty Sierra models can be expensive, used ones are a much better deal. There are currently more than 400 examples listed on Autotrader for around $46,600 with GMC's certified pre-owned warranty, which offers an additional 1 year or 12,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage and 5 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection.

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Nissan Titan

The Nissan Titan isn't a heavy-duty pickup like some rivals on this list, but that doesn't mean it isn't ready for serious workhorse jobs. For proof, consider the Titan's standard engine -- a 5.6-liter V8 that offers 317 horsepower and a muscular 385 lb-ft of torque, which is good for a 9,500-pound towing capacity. But while new Titan models can be pricy, even after Nissan incentives, certified pre-owned versions are a much better deal. There are currently more than 250 different certified pre-owned Titan models on Autotrader with an average price of just $29,700. And each one comes with Nissan's excellent certified pre-owned warranty, which touts up to 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the original sale date.

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Ram 2500/3500 HD

The heavy-duty Ram 2500 HD and 3500 HD models are among our favorite full-size, heavy-duty pickups. Of course, their capabilities are one reason, as RAM HD models offer an almost unbelievable 800 lb-ft of torque with their top powertrain. But we also like their brawny styling, roomy interiors and a still-available stick shift. The only drawback is pricing, as new Ram 2500 HD and 3500 HD models can be very expensive. But that's where Ram's certified pre-owned program comes in. There are currently around 750 different certified pre-owned Ram 2500 HD and 3500 HD models listed on Autotrader for an average price of just $41,700 and each one touts the CPO warranty's 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage from the original sale date.

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Toyota Tundra

The Toyota Tundra may not offer a heavy-duty version like most domestic rivals, but that's OK for many shoppers, since the standard Tundra is so capable on its own. That's especially true if you opt for the 5.7-liter V8, which boasts an amazing 381 hp, 401 lb-ft of torque and up to 10,400 pounds of towing capacity when properly equipped. The problem? Tundra models can be very expensive when they're new. Our solution is to consider a certified pre-owned version, which includes 1 year or 12,000 miles of additional bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage and 7 years or 100,000 miles of powertrain protection. The Tundra is also one of our favorite certified pre-owned pickups because there are a lot of examples to choose from -- more than 1,600 different certified pre-owned Tundra models are listed on Autotrader with an average price of around $34,400.

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