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Buy New or Used

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by DCOURTS1984, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Jan 28, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    DCOURTS1984

    DCOURTS1984 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm new to the Tacoma world and looking to get my first one pretty soon. I've been searching for a long time now for the perfect truck/deal and learned a whole lot about the Tacoma market and how resilient it is (they hold their value incredibly well). Anyway, if you all had the money to pay cash for a new Tacoma double cab, TRD would you purchase one new or find one a few years older with low mileage to save an extra $5k or so.

    I'm torn between the two. Only reason I'm thinking of buying new is due to the fact these trucks hold up their value so well. I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts. THanks.
     
  2. Jan 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM
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    magnetic10

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    Depends on how bad you want a new one. If you can afford it and your not gonna miss the extra 3-5k then go for it. For some that amount makes a big difference. I could have gotten new, but i didnt feel the need to pay for a brand new vehicle and watch it depreciate so much in the first year. My .02
     
  3. Jan 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM
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    mcdowell

    mcdowell My name is Mudd

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    Used ones are so high i bought new.
     
  4. Jan 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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    Dark_Taco

    Dark_Taco ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

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    Go new.....it's just money.
     
  5. Jan 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM
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    Runnerstrom28

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    buy used and use the money saved to mod it out!:D
     
  6. Jan 28, 2012 at 6:37 PM
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    TACONOLE

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    I went through the same thing about 7 months ago and decided to buy new. The used ones are way over priced IMO especially when you find one at the dealer. You can find decent used ones that are in good condition on the net but most of the time there located to far away for the deal to make sense. You could probably find a new left over 2011 for a good deal.
     
  7. Jan 28, 2012 at 6:55 PM
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    iroh

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    If I could do it over again, I'd go new just to avoid a couple issues I'd had to fix after I bought it.

    If you go used, the ones to look for are the Toyota Certified ones. Not for the "certified" paper they give you, but the powertrain warranty that's extended from 5y/60k to 7y/100k.

    That gives a doggone long time for issues like the front diff bearing to crop up.
     
  8. Jan 28, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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    joes06tacoma

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    If you're going to keep it for 100K miles, buy a new one. If you're going to drive it for a few years and put 50K on it and sell it, buy used.

    I couldn't quite afford a new one, but I only drive like 8K miles a year on average and I plan to get something else in five years. New didn't make sense even if I could have pulled it off. Too much depreciation. If I drove 20K a year and planned to drive the wheels off, new would have been the right choice.

    I paid 17K for a truck that I believe sold new for nearly 30K. At the time, the truck was 4 years old and had 40K on it. So you won't necessarily get all but 5K back if you buy new and sell in 3 or 4 years.
     
  9. Jan 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM
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    Goldstar225

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    Depends on the price you can get a used one for. I had only bought one new vehicle in my life, otherwise I always bought a 1 to 3 year old used. When I went to buy my Tacoma the prices for used was so close to the new price that for me it made sense to buy new.
     
  10. Jan 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM
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    4X42HEL

    4X42HEL Don't really understand 2WD trucks....

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    Does it matter?

    The way these trucks hold they value is insane. Also, from everything stated, the way they remain reliable after years and miles of abuse is also impressive.

    I tranny shop told me the other day that when he rebuilds toyota axles, after 200K miles, the bearings and axles look brand new still... while the domestic are wasted.

    I always buy new, but after the first day of ownership, it is just like buying a great used truck in many ways...
     
  11. Jan 29, 2012 at 2:42 AM
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    808TRDTaco10

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    In my opinion, depends if you're gonna invest lots of time and love into it. If you are, then it's worth getting a new truck that you know for sure wasn't abused prior to your ownership of the truck. If you're gonna wheel it hard and beat it up off road then get used and use the extra $ you save for mods. But yeah these trucks hold their value well so used may not be significantly cheaper than new.
     
  12. Jan 29, 2012 at 5:22 AM
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    Thelt

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    I bought new because all the decent used ones I found were so expensive. I can't see paying $25k for a truck that is three years old with 40k miles on it when I can buy a new one for $30k. The math just does not work on that.

    I know you mentioned paying cash, which is great, but if you do finance most of the time you get a better rate and term on a new vehicle. I also got a lifetime power train warranty from the dealer for free.
     
  13. Jan 29, 2012 at 5:45 AM
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    I was in the same situation 2 weeks ago --- decided to pay the extra and buy new. Not only do you get the new front grill look, I got a 20 yr - 200,000 mile powertrain warranty and 1st 2 years of maintenance...NOW THAT'S STANDING BEHIND YOUR PRODUCT!

    Plus there's nothing out there that can replicate that "new car smell" :D
     
  14. Jan 29, 2012 at 5:48 AM
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    :( My only regret is that WeatherTech Mats are not yet available for a 2012, apparently some mods to the interior that have not yet been tooled by WeatherTech.
     
  15. Jan 29, 2012 at 5:51 AM
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    Turboxer

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    TRD sport double cabs are going for about $29,500 right now (is the offer I was quoted for a super white DCSB) before any trade in/down payments.

    I looked at used 09-11 and w the low mileage I was looking for, they were just as much as the new one, in some cases more.

    Get a new one.
     
  16. Jan 29, 2012 at 6:47 AM
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    Get new and get exactly what you want.
     
  17. Jan 29, 2012 at 6:55 AM
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    go used to save money. Let someone else take the hit on the depreciation. I just bought a 2010 TRD Sport, double cab, auto, 4x4, with only 11,000 miles for $27,500.

    I made sure I had my financing ready to go and started shopping. I shopped for about 2 months before I found what I wanted. A new 2012 with all of the bells and whistles I wanted was going to be around $34,000.

    Just joined Tacoma World and was amazed at the Taco cult following. Pretty cool site with tons of great information.
     
  18. Jan 29, 2012 at 7:01 AM
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    steviestyles

    steviestyles The "Search" tab is your friend!!

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    Buy new. Unless you're buying a truck 3 years old or more, you're saving at most $1K-2.5K over a new one. All these posts sayig a 2102 will cost you $34K is ridiculous. you can get a TRD Double Cab 4x4 for just shy of $30K easily.
     
  19. Jan 29, 2012 at 7:32 AM
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    Still trying to decide...
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    I looked at used one and what i found that used actually cost more than a new one unless you get a lot of miles. used ones were running 21- 22 with about 30k i gone new for 19300.
     
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