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Buying a Tacoma

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by TacoTuck, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Mar 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM
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    TacoTuck

    TacoTuck [OP] Well-Known Member

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    We are looking to buy a 1st Gen. Tacoma . We have been looking for several months and have test drove nearly 15 different tacomas, waiting for the perfect one that is in our budget. To us, the 2001-2004 tacomas drove smoother and better than any other tacomas (95-00) we have test drove but our budget hasn't allowed for us to buy an 01-04.

    We found a Tacoma and it exactly what we have been looking for but it is slightly out of our price range.

    Specs.

    2001
    Tacoma Xtra cab
    Sr5
    TRD
    4x4
    Silver
    Matching canopy
    OME 1.75" lift ( I believe)
    128k miles
    Bedliner
    Have All maintenance records
    Timing belt done
    Clean truck with no dings only a few scratches
    Interior is like new
    Stock radio
    Moonroof


    Needs:
    Tires (probably next fall)
    Nothing else.


    What is this worth?

    We are willing to pay a fair price for it.

    What do you think?
     
  2. Mar 31, 2012 at 7:03 AM
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    JAJI4

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    Have you tried KBB?
     
  3. Mar 31, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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    Cvd2312

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    KBB is pretty much worthless when it comes to Tacoma's. They typically sell for well above blue book value.

    They best way to guage a fair price is to check AutoTrader and CraigsList for similar trucks in your area. They seem to yield different prices in different parts of the country. If you've been looking at Tacoma's for a few months, you should have a better idea than we do at what they're going for in your area.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Mar 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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    TacoTuck

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    I've tried KBB but it is always much lower than what these tacomas are going for. This truck books at like $9k or so. I have not been searching for 01-04' much because they are out of my budget but I think I am willing to pay more for a nicer truck. I believe this truck is offered to me at a fair price so we will see. I know It's not smoking deal but probably worth the price.


    Thanks for the help.
     
  5. Mar 31, 2012 at 1:08 PM
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    MightyMouse-SCT

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    Try to pay around blue book or close to . Don't fall for the " it's a Toyota " mark up .
     
  6. Mar 31, 2012 at 4:40 PM
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    bicklebok

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    i bought a 2000 tacoma about 6 months ago. I did a lot of searching. Everyone I liked sold above book value. If it was in decent shape, it sold pretty fast. Hope this helps you.
     
  7. Mar 31, 2012 at 4:48 PM
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    TacoTuck

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    These tacomas sell very quickly if they are in good condition in my area. This truck has all the options that we are looking for and if it would be for sale at KBB price, it would be flagged in minutes because it would be "to good to be true".


    Thanks for all your thoughts guys. Much appreciated.
     
  8. Apr 5, 2012 at 2:37 PM
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    Kelly Blue Book is the authority on auto value. Their values are not anecdotal wag's. They come from actual reported sales in your area, taking multitudes of factors into account. The asking prices you see on Craigslist aren't the final negotiated amounts. Folks are overly optimistic about the value of their vehicles; and they often leave wiggle room in the asking price, because EVERYONE offers less.
    To be clear: asking price does not necessarily equal actual worth.
    Of course there are exceptions, like the modded trucks found in this forum. But even with those KBB is a good place to start--
     
  9. Apr 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM
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    ^^^ Agreed. The truck I bought booked for about $8000 (they were asking $8500), I pointed out some things that were wrong with it and it was a little rough because it was used as a work truck. I offered them $6800 until I found out the elocker was not working. Ended up paying $6200!

    The deals are out there, just be patient and you will find one in your price range.
     
  10. Apr 5, 2012 at 5:46 PM
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    Where are you located? If you are willing to ship and buy unseen that might open your options
     
  11. Apr 6, 2012 at 6:55 AM
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    Thanks for all the helpful info guys. We made an offer and we made a deal and we are confident with our decision. It IS the cleanest tacoma we have looked at and all services and maintanence is up to date.

    I am very excited as this is our first Tacoma.


    Thanks again guys.
     
  12. Apr 6, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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    what did you end up with?
     
  13. Apr 6, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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    What the hell dude...

    Where are the PICTURES?!?! ;)

    :worthless:
     
  14. Apr 7, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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    I went to the bank yesterday and I am trying to set up an appointment for tomorrow to go pick it up. I will get pictures as soon as I can.
     
  15. Apr 7, 2012 at 8:48 AM
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    You are wrong, Toyota's are different.

    I just recently sold my 1992 Toyota xtra-cab 4x4 pickup with a 22re for $5,500. It blue books at $3,200.

    When I was buying my Tacoma, I searched for months and negotiated on price multiple times. Every one was well above blue book, even after coming down from asking price.

    A friend of mine just went through the same thing with a 2001 4runner. Well above blue book.

    NADA guides are closer.
     
  16. Apr 7, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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    I agree, we have searched for months, made some offers and finally found a solid truck at a price that is fairly reasonable for the market. Tacomas in our area go fast, luckily the one I am buying was taken off the market and I was able to contact him after his ad expired!
     
  17. Apr 8, 2012 at 1:43 PM
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    Attention KBB: Cvd2312 knows more about your business than you do. How could they not see that "Toyota's are different"? Surely they would compensate you handsomely for your insightful consulting services.:spy:

    Perhaps your truck was in exceptional shape with recent maintenance boosting value? (I just had the clutch replaced, these are new tires, I trained my rhesus monkey to wax it every Saturday afternoon)
    Also which blue book value are you siting, excellent, fair, trade-in, retail? When did you blue book it? More importantly, if KBB is so wrong, why did you blue book it?

    So your truck and one friend's, whilst KBB tracks tens of thousands?

    According to whom?


    Your handful of anecdotal examples and casual research makes you an authority on used vehicle values. :thumbsup:
     
  18. Apr 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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    I just blue-booked my old Toyota truck right before I replied to you on here yesterday... and it was the highest BB value given, excellent retail value. Did I mention the truck had over 200k miles on it? I had multiple calls within an hour, and sold it the same day.

    Giving your opinion is fine, but you don't have to be a d-bag about it.

    Many people on here will agree that Toyota's, in many areas of the country, typically sell for well above Kelley Blue Book value.
     
  19. Apr 8, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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    I don't think it is a case of KBB being right or wrong. The book value is generally a good place to start. I think people are willing to pay a premium on 1st gens due to them being rare and hard to find. It does not matter what KBB or NADA says, I will buy a vehicle for whatever price I think is fair, whether that is above or below KBB.
     
  20. Apr 8, 2012 at 6:03 PM
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    good points--
     
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