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Buy Used or Buy New?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by aCab, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Nov 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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    aCab

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    Hi All,

    Recently made the decision to dump my F250 7.3 PSD for a Tacoma. In searching for a used one, they really do seem to keep their value - which brings up the question - it is better to go brand new?

    Im looking for a Double Cab Long Bed 4x4 w/TRD Sport Package. Most of the used ones from 05/06 have 100k+ miles, and are sill $18-20k. 07-09 have 80k to 100k miles and are $19-22k. 08+ that have 50k miles are still $24-28k. Almost brand new '12 models with 6k miles are going for more than I got a quote on on a brand new '13. ($30k used vs. $30k new).

    Would it be worth it just to get a brand new one? What position were you in when you bought your tacoma and what did you choose to do? New/Used?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Nov 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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    Enzo

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    Yes these things hold their value well (welcome to Toyota). I'd get a new truck if I were you.
     
  3. Nov 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM
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    aficianado

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    i bought USED. i found a smoking good deal and flew to los angelos to buy it.

    06 (i got it in 2009, so a 3-year old truck) with 36000 miles..got it for $19k. paid cash, and never had a truck payment. the seller took a huge depreciation hit, not me. i love my truck and intend to drive it until something important falls off onto the road.

    i would be patient and find a GREAT used truck.
     
  4. Nov 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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    arnette64

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    Just bought a 2006 TRD sport double cab 1 month ago with 107000 km, feel like new, nothing to do on the truck! My best move so far and i love this truck!!

    And I save a lot of money compared to a new one that is the same truck except for the interior and the front end!!
     
  5. Nov 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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    wolftree

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    There is no easy call when it comes to choosing between new and used. Look at each used truck separately. Are the tires good? Does it need brakes or other maintenance issues, tuneup, filters? Often new can get a lower loan rate.

    Write down all of the expect first 6 months erxpected repair expenses for a used and compare against your new truck.

    One other thing, talk with your insurance company first about both trucks so you have no surprises on monthly insurance premiums. Some insurance compaies REALLY stick it to you when you opt for a "TRD" whether used or new. As if that decal really changes the truck.
     
  6. Nov 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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    StormTrooperTaco

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    Answer is; if you wanted a good shape low miles 2 year old car, its better to go new. Basically same price, easier financing options, etc.
     
  7. Nov 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM
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    gooch14

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    I went with a new truck because I NEEDED something with a quad cab and something dependable. I knew I wanted a Taco because they are so well built and if I were to buy used with a loan the monthly payments woul be the same as a new truck.

    If you have the cash for a used out right purchase do that
     
  8. Nov 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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    GoHuskers

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    I was in the same boat. All used Tacomas cost way too much. I finally got a new one at $$$$ below invoice. If you can find left over 2012 there is $1500 cash rebate on these.

    Got a new one if you can afford it. Insurance is cheaper on new one versus used ones (Allstate gives me discount on new one, but not used one). Good luck.
     
  9. Nov 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM
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    teamamerica

    teamamerica Get off your horse and drink your milk.

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    i bought new for the first time. i had a few used cars and when they shit out, i'm out of luck. since i'm in the army i dont have the most opportunities to work on my truck (and i'm not too mechanically savvy) seem like new was the way to go. (and now i know 100% of everything ever done to my vehicle!)
    but to each his own.
     
  10. Nov 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM
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    chipnoreo

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    I saved a lot buying used. found a good deal on a 2006 TRD sport for 19k out the door. Looked at a brand new SR5 for 26k. For me, it was a "have to buy NOW" situation and I just didn't have the resources to commit to another 7 grand. I liked the 2006 better anyway. The TRD and the color... and it was already lifted with an ok kit.

    Regardless, they hold their value great.
     
  11. Nov 14, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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    Speaking of used 2012s, i think I've decided to sell mine. It's pyrite mica and has a softopper, bedrug mat w/ tailgate mat, weather window visors. Has entune, too. PM me if you want to discuss further. Also have a napier sportz tent and airbedz if you have any interest in those.
     
  12. Nov 14, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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    read build thread
    the general rule is that unless you find the deal of the decade on a used one, buy new.
     
  13. Nov 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM
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    JDeLuca

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    I was looking for a used Tacoma. I was looking out of state. By the time I figured air fair and travel time I decided to go new. Just picked up my 2013 Sport. Paid a few more thousand but it was worth it to me.
     
  14. Nov 14, 2012 at 3:32 PM
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    I'm on the same boat , I've had my eye on a tacoma for months now , and they defiantly hold their value and we all know why .

    I just couldn't justify spending 20k on something used with 20k that may be abused , when for 30 I got a brand spanking new truck that has the exact options and colors I want .

    The one part that made my decision tough is I sold all of my speed toys , and I miss then have the itch to buy another , I wanted to spend 15-20 on a used truck and then buy a sporty toy . But I just couldn't find any trucks that I liked and had low mileage for under 20k

    I bit the bullet and purchased a new 2013 , fully loaded !
     
  15. Nov 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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    just purchased a new (30 miles) 2012 TRD OR AC Auto last month. MSRP $32,212. paid $27,284.
     
  16. Nov 14, 2012 at 4:23 PM
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    I also had a hard time deciding new vs. used. I went used when I found a 2010 dc TRD sport 4wd with 31,000 miles for $24,000. Truck was dealer serviced. Seemed like a better deal to me vs new. Didn't want the huge payment with new. Good luck on your search. Either way it is a great truck.
     
  17. Nov 14, 2012 at 4:41 PM
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    I was offered a used 10 for 19000 by dealer. I looked at price of new and bought it the next day. Service for 25000 miles and lifetime inspections at my dealership. New one cost me an extra 4 grand out the door but it only had 33 miles.
     
  18. Nov 14, 2012 at 4:48 PM
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    If it's a fiscally viable option, go new - I did. You never have to wonder how it's been treated or what will go south on you next.
     
  19. Nov 15, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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    aCab

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    So far I'm leaning towards new. My job allows me to write of a lease, so maybe I'll go that route.

    That being said, a used truck certainly has its advantages. What are a few major things to look for when buying a used truck?
     
  20. Nov 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM
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    cjcarner

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    It really depends on your buying timeline. If you need to buy one soon, you might have to get a new one. If you can wait, you may be able to find a great used deal.

    Benefit of new is that you can have pretty much exactly what you want without having to wait and without having to worry about buying someone else's problems.
     
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