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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 6 Days ago  
I drive a 19 year old beater Explorer with 248K on the clock. It meets my three requirements in that it cranks, is reliable and blows cold air. I paid $1400 for it and February will mark the 4th year I have been driving it with almost nothing spent in repairs outside of common maintenance.

Where I have to park at work the hood rats would tag a nicer vehicle with gang graffiti, key it all down the side or leave it sitting on blocks. The sheriffs dept is in our parking lot every day.

When this beater quits I am going to use it for target practice and buy another one like it I can easily pay cash for.
 
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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 6 Days ago  
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Ughhh. This sucks. Everything I really want is too expensive. So, I need to settle for something that is still too expensive but cheaper than the full monty. Or, get something dirt cheap that has been treated like a cheap whore. And deal with everything that goes along with it.

Why canít I just be a khaki wearing subdivision type guy who drives a sedan and plays golf on the weekend? So much cheaper that way


Depending on your viewpoint, a cheap whore with a good body and makeup (er, paint) can have a brand new engine, trans, and Dif put in for between 4K to 8K depending on the specific truck. Since even the cheapest of those usually come with 24 to 36 month warranties, that might be a good way to get what your looking for without spending to much.
 
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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 6 Days ago  
Years ago, I sort of came up with my own personal lease plan. Buy nice used. Like 2-3 years old and 30k-40k miles. Sell after 3-4 years while itís still worth a good amount of money. Spend about $2k per year that way and always have a nicer, newer truck that will get me up north and wherever else I want to go in comfort (and style of course, canít lie and say I donít like the way a good truck looks).

Just sold the last one and it hurt a little. Really loved that truck. But, itís time for something newer. I put brakes and front shocks on it. That was it. It had 72k miles on it so it was still worth north of $20k. I keep things inside and usually in very good condition.
 
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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 5 Days ago  
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Years ago, I sort of came up with my own personal lease plan. Buy nice used. Like 2-3 years old and 30k-40k miles. Sell after 3-4 years while itís still worth a good amount of money. Spend about $2k per year that way and always have a nicer, newer truck that will get me up north and wherever else I want to go in comfort (and style of course, canít lie and say I donít like the way a good truck looks).

Just sold the last one and it hurt a little. Really loved that truck. But, itís time for something newer. I put brakes and front shocks on it. That was it. It had 72k miles on it so it was still worth north of $20k. I keep things inside and usually in very good condition.


That's about the same sort of thing i do but i have to go back a little further like 8-10 years, but also look for relatively low miles on them. It works for me since I hate loan payments and it helps that i'm able to do the maintenance on these older models. I sell them while theres still fair room left on the odometer then add a little cash and repeat the cycle every 3 -5 yrs. I would say i average about $400 per yr for PM and repairs which is better at this point in my life than paying $3-4k in interest a year with higher regisration fees to boot. When i can no longer do this I'll obviously need something newer through a loan.
 
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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 5 Days ago  
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Years ago, I sort of came up with my own personal lease plan. Buy nice used. Like 2-3 years old and 30k-40k miles. Sell after 3-4 years while itís still worth a good amount of money. Spend about $2k per year that way and always have a nicer, newer truck that will get me up north and wherever else I want to go in comfort (and style of course, canít lie and say I donít like the way a good truck looks).

Just sold the last one and it hurt a little. Really loved that truck. But, itís time for something newer. I put brakes and front shocks on it. That was it. It had 72k miles on it so it was still worth north of $20k. I keep things inside and usually in very good condition.


That's about the same sort of thing i do but i have to go back a little further like 8-10 years, but also look for relatively low miles on them. It works for me since I hate loan payments and it helps that i'm able to do the maintenance on these older models. I sell them while theres still fair room left on the odometer then add a little cash and repeat the cycle every 3 -5 yrs. I would say i average about $400 per yr for PM and repairs which is better at this point in my life than paying $3-4k in interest a year with higher regisration fees to boot. When i can no longer do this I'll obviously need something newer through a loan.


I go for a new vehicle and hold it for 15+ years. My dad is a retired GM employee so I get his discount without having to play the games. I try to pay it off as quick as possible, then it's just insurance and maintenance for the next 12-15 years.
 
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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 5 Days ago  
I replaced my loaded out sled-towing 02 Tahoe with 80k miles for a "new" 2014 tow rig.

It's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks.

Dual batteries, heavy duty alternator, extra cooling, heavy duty drive shaft,
and "interesting" looks.

I recently did a circle trip around Lake Michigan, I would never want another vehicle for a trip.

I had the left lane the whole way, no one passed me once (they would come up on me at 90 mph, then slow down and tuck in behind me), and I get to go first at every stop sign.

Made when GM still was offering the 100k mile warranty. (Which GM quit offering because "our customers did not want it any more" )


 
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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
MidwestMike wrote:
I replaced my loaded out sled-towing 02 Tahoe with 80k miles for a "new" 2014 tow rig.

It's got cop tires, cop suspensions, cop shocks.

Dual batteries, heavy duty alternator, extra cooling, heavy duty drive shaft,
and "interesting" looks.

I recently did a circle trip around Lake Michigan, I would never want another vehicle for a trip.

I had the left lane the whole way, no one passed me once (they would come up on me at 90 mph, then slow down and tuck in behind me), and I get to go first at every stop sign.

Made when GM still was offering the 100k mile warranty. (Which GM quit offering because "our customers did not want it any more" )



I like those trucks. My friend's shop does service work on state police vehicles and my favorite part of that was road testing them. People couldn't clear a path fast enough.
 
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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
I figure there will always be a vehicle payment so I lease mine. Give it back before the warranty is up and drive off with another. My payment have never been over $300mo and that is trading keys no money out of pocket. I also get employee discount from Ford and Chrysler.
 
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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
davej wrote:
Truck shopping is nothing like dating. One you want to get screwed first day out and the other you don't want screwed ever. Also finding a good truck is easier and sometimes more satisfying.


Kinda what I was thinking.

Only my first thought was, I generally don't feel like sitting down for a few weeks after, and the next time, they can't get me to stand up while I'm at the dealership. They're always so nice about it. "This isn't quite painful enough, so we're gonna add on all these additional charges, to make you squeal and jump just a little bit more".
 
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Re:Truck shopping is like dating 2 Weeks, 4 Days ago  
I also lease and the payments are a lot lower then buying. We get 18k a year for miles and are just over $400 a month. I don't worry about things breaking and have a warranty for pretty much the length of the lease.
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I figure there will always be a vehicle payment so I lease mine. Give it back before the warranty is up and drive off with another. My payment have never been over $300mo and that is trading keys no money out of pocket. I also get employee discount from Ford and Chrysler.
 
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