Hey all, just moved to Bragg and am looking at Tacos to get a small, capable truck to explore the backroads and launch my kayak/haul my wife's craigslist finds...
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I am test drove a vehicle today and fell in love with it, but want to know if it's a smart move financially or just my personal lust with the vehicle talking.
2013 Tacoma, V6, TRD Sport, 6-speed Manual Transmission, Double Cab, Tow Package, 4x4, 5-ft bed. Only other option is back-up camera. Silver exterior (honestly don't remember what the interior color was lol). 11,500 miles, and the 10k service was just completed at the dealer.
I tested the 4WD and it is smooth - no issues and engages/releases as designed. The shifting is also smooth - none of the issues regarding being a very stiff/jerky shifter that I have read about and I went up and down all 6 gears (except reverse now that I think about it ).
Essentially, the vehicle is brand new broken in with no issues - the guy that owns it doesn't have a need for it (purchased new from dealer) and the commute is pretty long for him on a daily basis. I did the KBB check and it's about 32,500 in perfect condition from a private party, 34k from a dealer, and 35-36k from a dealer certified pre-owned, which this vehicle would absolutely qualify for. He's asking 29k for it, and I think I can get 28,500.
Here's where the dilemma sits in - I've never purchased a new car before, much less at 30 grand. I want to make sure this is a good investment (I realize that the truck value will depreciate - that's not what I mean by "investment").
Right now it's just myself, my wife, and my sister (because of family issues, I will be taking custody of her and having her live with us on base). My wife and I don't have kids, but we are in the midst of trying (). My intent is simply this - have a truck that can be relied upon for launching my kayak, exploring some backroads, and transporting my wife's craigslist finds and imminent household moves without needing to ask a friend to use his truck/trailer. Also, while the winters aren't too terrible here, if I'm sent north or if we have another winterpocalypse, I'll be much more confident when I leave the driveway. Right now we just have a tiny Nissan Versa, and while it's fantastic on gas - can't exactly do much for loading a sofa or a bunch of military gear But also with the crewcab, I've got the ability to transport kids should that be needed as well (unless we hit triplets - the sister or one of the kids will have to be thrown on the market ).
Would it be unrealistic to assume that if I take extremely good care of it, get it to 150k miles in 10-15 years, I should be able to sell it for about 18-20k? I've been looking around and the market seems to favor used Tacomas in excellent condition, even well after 100k, sometimes 200k miles and 10+ years old. I feel like this wouldn't be a bad purchase, especially since I'd be getting it so far under market value to begin with.
I know this was long, but I wouldn't take the time to make an account, write all this out, and ask if I didn't feel this was important - I've been losing sleep at night because I want to make sure that I'm doing the right thing, financially, and not just trying to be the next kid with a cool truck.