Need to Buy a Truck

powerplaytrpowerplaytr Member Posts: 10
edited May 2020 in Ram
Hi all,

I need to buy a truck for various reasons and don't have much experience with buying cars.

I was hoping to get some advice here. My questions are:
1. Should I buy a used truck that is 5-6 years old or a brand new one?
2. Which truck brand has typically the best deals and is the best bang for the buck?
3. Are there currently any good incentives for any truck brand?

Really hope I can get some help here.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 193,287

    Hi all,

    I need to buy a truck for various reasons and don't have much experience with buying cars.

    I was hoping to get some advice here. My questions are:
    1. Should I buy a used truck that is 5-6 years old or a brand new one?
    2. Which truck brand has typically the best deals and is the best bang for the buck?
    3. Are there currently any good incentives for any truck brand?

    Really hope I can get some help here.

    1. What's your budget?
    2. Test drive them, and see which one you like. Shop the truck, not the deal.
    3. Lots of purchase incentives exist.

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  • powerplaytrpowerplaytr Member Posts: 10
    Thanks for the reply. I test drove all of them and prefer the Silverado/Sierra over the Ram 1500 and F150.

    I just want to make a budget friendly decision here.

    I have around $17k cash for a used truck and would otherwise finance for a new truck.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,710
    edited May 2020
    We need FAR more info. What will it be used for? Do you need a back seat? Do you need 4 doors? Do you need 4x4? How many miles a year will you drive it? As I'm sure you know, trucks when new can be $20k to $75k, so ya gotta narrow down what we are talking about here.

    For starters, Toyota trucks are leasing REALLY well right now. Like STUPID CHEAP.

    '21 Wrangler 4xE, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 55-car history and counting!

  • powerplaytrpowerplaytr Member Posts: 10
    Yeah I was definitely very stingy with the information I gave.

    It will be used as the only family vehicle with 2 kids/car seats. So 4 doors and crew cab are required. I don't use it professionally but always move stuff (just did an out of state move and will move again within 1-1.5 years). Also end up borrowing it to friends and family for moving things. Had to use it more than usu during covid.

    What are the Toyota lease deals? My zip code is 66223.
  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,114

    Yeah I was definitely very stingy with the information I gave.

    It will be used as the only family vehicle with 2 kids/car seats. So 4 doors and crew cab are required. I don't use it professionally but always move stuff (just did an out of state move and will move again within 1-1.5 years). Also end up borrowing it to friends and family for moving things. Had to use it more than usu during covid.

    What are the Toyota lease deals? My zip code is 66223.

    If you actually like full size pickups I’d say have at it- buy whatever floats your boat. Me, I wouldn’t buy one on the basis of a move 12-18 months away- and I MOST DEFINITELY would never even contemplate buying a vehicle so that my friends and family could use it as a free loaner. In four years my wife and son have driven my 2er maybe three times between them.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 18,717
    I don’t think you’ll get a 5-6 year old Silverado for $17k. Most in my area with 40-70k miles go for mid to upper $20s. New ones can cost $60k or more depending on options. This might be a good time to pick up a good deal on new or used.

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  • powerplaytrpowerplaytr Member Posts: 10
    I mean I don't just let people drive my truck. I actually like trucks.

    I want to hear the thoughts from you guys on what is a good move here. Go for a used truck that has a some miles on it or go for a new truck.

    And if new I'd be curious to know if there are any good deals on any particular trucks.

    And to clarify I'm not in the market for the $60k model trucks.

    I'm looking for the close to base model 4x4 crew cab.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,710
    edited June 2020
    If needing full-size, best value I know of is something like a 2017 Ram 1500 Express V6. You’d be looking at $22k-$23k for one with 35k-45k miles.

    You let me know you’ll only drive it about 5k miles per year, so buying one is definitely the way to go. Even if you needed a lower budget, get something newer with high miles since you will put so few on. A Ram with 60k, let’s say, won’t even break 100k under your ownership for another 8 yrs.

    '21 Wrangler 4xE, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 55-car history and counting!

  • powerplaytrpowerplaytr Member Posts: 10
    Yeah that's a good perspective. I guess you're right Buying makes more sense for me than leasing.

    Let's ignore my personal preference for a second. As far as the truck makes/models are concerned, is the 3-4 year old Ram the best value in comparison to the Silverados and F150s (while taking reliability etc. into account)?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,710
    The 3.6 v6 has, in my experience at least, shown to be solid. All the trucks are pretty solid these days. But, to put price into perspective, a similar year/mileage v6 2017 F150 or Silverado look to be about 30% more than a Ram. Not really sure how equipment stacks up. I tried to look up base models of all (Express vs XL vs LS).

    '21 Wrangler 4xE, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 55-car history and counting!

  • powerplaytrpowerplaytr Member Posts: 10
    Thanks for checking that @qbrozen
    Can anyone else comment on equipment? I just hate the tiny screens and would love to be able to at least use apple car play or Android auto.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,710
    go aftermarket. not sure what the "hole" for the stereo looks like in a 2017 Ram, but a double din was perfect for my Charger.

    '21 Wrangler 4xE, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 55-car history and counting!

  • powerplaytrpowerplaytr Member Posts: 10
    This is good advice. And I think over time and with money there are a lot of things that can be replaced that could make a base model Ram prettier.... like chrome grill, door handles, side mirror covers in paint color.

    There will be limits like seats and leather wrapped steering wheels.

    On another note, what are some general best practices for buying used cars that are 3-4 years old? Buying from dealerships or private party? Does certified used really mean anything?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,710
    Only bother with CPO if you don't spend extra for it. You'll drive too little for it to be worth it. You are better buying from a dealer, to be honest. It isn't common advice, but I prefer it because you have some recourse should anything prove to be horribly wrong. Look up the laws in your state. I know, for example, here in NJ, there is consumer protection for vehicles under 100k miles and under X year (can't remember exactly), but not if purchased private party.

    '21 Wrangler 4xE, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 55-car history and counting!

  • Bob_Schneider88Bob_Schneider88 Los AngelesMember Posts: 2
    Go with a Ram 1500! This is a great pickup pick-up truck with a ton of cool features. I highly recommend looking into them.
  • skyisthelimitskyisthelimit Las Vegas, Nevada, USAMember Posts: 46
    What truck did you end up buying?
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