I am looking at picking up a Tacoma to pull around a trailer for a year across the country for a project I have coming up next year. I will be pulling a 13ft. Scamp and living in it as I do a few different documentary shoots. I have settled on a 4 cylinder Tacoma for MPG and reliability.
My question comes on depreciation. I will use it for a year and most likely sell it after the project comes to a close. Do you think it would be better to spend 11k on a newer 2008 PreRunner with 28k or would it be better to buy an older 2002-2003 2WD around 90-100k? I anticipate putting on 20-25k over the course of the year. I just don't know if the mileage hit on a newer truck will depreciate it faster than an older one or if it is worth the extra money up front for the reliability of something newer? Thoughts?