New guy here, long story/question:
In Dec 2012, the neighboring Toyota store had a sale going on DC SB for $28,500, would have been $27,500 with college discount, but they were out of stock with more to arrive shortly. So instead I bought a 2012 RAV4 V6 Limited for the wife to be. Meanwhile, the Tacoma's come in, but not on the same sale, so I go to another Tacoma store in Feb 2013 and get a 2013 DC LB SR5 4x4 V6 for $27,100 with college rebate.
Fast forward to May 2013 and fiance decides to sell her sports car that sat in the garage and buy a Mazda3 to get better gas mileage. So now we have 3 car payments, not good. I put up the Tacoma and Rav4 on Craigslist for sale, I get a call from a dealer, he buys my Tacoma for $28,800, so now I'm driving the RAV4. It's a rocket, it gets good mileage, but I like driving a truck better, sooooo.
As of June 2013 (now) the best deal I can get is $28,955 for a new 2013 DC LB just like the one I sold. I am losing money on the RAV4 and will owe nearly $4000 more for the new Tacoma than I currently owe on the RAV.
I can buy a 2013 Frontier DC just like the Tacoma, but with a few extra features for $3000 less than the Tacoma. I could just drive the RAV and use a trailer for any bed needs or buy a used truck with the $4000 as a home depot getter.
1. Get the Tacoma tomorrow & trade in RAV for $4000 more than I owe now.
2. Get the Frontier & trade in the RAV for $1000 more than I own now.
3. Keep the RAV & buy a used truck for $4000 and use it to haul stuff
4. Keep the RAV and just use my enclosed motorcycle trailer to haul stuff
It's a PITA to hook up the RAV to a trailer everytime I need to move bigger stuff, but the gas mileage and less debt of the RAV is appealing as well.
What say you? If someone would've bought the RAV instead of the Taco, we wouldn't be having this question. The only thing that I didn't like about my Taco was the driveline vibration at 20mph that couldn't be fixed, the mud flaps and the lack of MPG lie-o-meter that my RAV does.