Post # 1
Okay so here is the deal. My DH does pest control. He has been using his mom’s truck which isn’t a truck with a flat bed. He needs a truck with a flat bed and also with an extended cab because of our daughter. We live in Vegas. We have $3,000 to put down on a used truck so we went looking yesterday. I seriously feel defeated. I did not know how expensive a used truck could be. The cheapest one we found was $10,000 and it was a Toyota Tacoma with 166,000 miles on it. We would be paying about $400.00 a month plus full coverage for it which is almost $250.00. We can not afford that. No way no how. I didn’t think used trucks would be this expensive. Anyone else deal with this? Any advice?
Post # 3
@figgnewton: First, where do you live? That can seriously influence the cost of things. Second, did you go to a reputable dealer? Have you look on Kelly Blue Book at what cars should be sold for? On KBB, you can enter all the vehicles information and it gives you an estimate of its value. That will inform you of what the car should be priced around.
Post # 4
@bmo88: We live in Vegas. We weren’t looking at the big time dealers like Chevy, Ford, or Nissan. We were looking at like small small lots.
Post # 5
Used work trucks are pretty expensive, unfortunately. I sold a 13-year-old Toyota Tacoma with about 150k miles on it for almost $6000 here in DC (private sale) and could have gotten more if I wasn’t selling to a friend.
The good news, at least, is those Tacomas are built like tanks; they are indestructable. If used for a work truck, chances are it’s had routine maintenance (because a workman is not likely to neglect the maintenace on the tool he uses to get to the job site), and if you went with the high mileage one, you’d probably have another 100k miles of life in it.
Generally speaking, though, work trucks don’t lose their value as fast as passenger cars do, even moreso for the extended cab trucks because they can double as a passenger car.
Post # 6
Try craigslist. They post dealer sales and private ones.
Post # 7
I know this won’t help at the moment but if/when he buys a truck make sure to keep all the paperwork because if he uses it for business he can get tax deductions next year (I know it wouldn’t help now, but useful to think ahead!). I’d look at a big dealer and see what they have, many times they have used trucks on the lot. Also I got 2k taken off my SUV because I went to 2 different big dealerships and had printouts and the vehicles were the same price/same SUV and asked who could make me the better deal, that’s who I’ll buy from…got 2k off so it never hurts to ask!
Post # 8
Are you going to used car dealerships? If so, stop. Try online car listings instead.