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How much have you "lost" on vehicles?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by drewskie, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. Aug 26, 2010 at 11:29 PM
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    drewskie

    drewskie [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm almost 30, and I have had 9 different vehicles since I have been old enough to drive. Of course, i spent money modding up every single one, and usually ended up selling them for less than the current values. I did some simple math, and I think I have "lost" about 30 grand in the last 13 years or so. It really made me feel like an idiot. Obviously, I know that you always lose when you sell a car, especially if you customize it, but it seems like I lost more than most people. What's the most you guys have lost?
     
  2. Aug 26, 2010 at 11:33 PM
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    Trap

    Trap Well-Known Member

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    Cheaper than a wife. Look at all the fun you had. That's 2.3 grand a year. Some people spend more then that on beer.
     
  3. Aug 26, 2010 at 11:49 PM
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    WarEagleDoc

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    Oh man.... I don't feel so bad now. I bought a car a few years ago and was so upset with myself for buying it that I traded it in about 10 days later. That was a big hit! That with a combination of other vehicles have put me close to your number.

    You only live once right?

    I am pretty sure I am set for a while with the vehicles I have now though. If Toyota ever remakes the Supra, my bank account is screwed!
     
  4. Aug 27, 2010 at 12:10 AM
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    drewskie

    drewskie [OP] Well-Known Member

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    That's what made me start this thread, I just finsihed doing everything i wanted to do to my truck....... now I want to sell it and get another one, and I know it's not going to be cheap.
     
  5. Aug 27, 2010 at 12:18 AM
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    rhodehard09

    rhodehard09 sometimes nonsense is the only sense someone has

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    3" lift, allpro u-bolt flip kit,285/75/16 km2s, hella hid lights, hid conversions for headlights and foglights, led everything, debadged, 9145 reverse light bulbs, black tail lights, black headlight mod,trail-gear rock sliders, dynomax ultra flo muffler,satoshi with custom woven stainless grill,hella 100watt floods in grill, pioneer 4100 in dash dvd player, pioneer 800watt 4 channel amp, pioneer 4way 6x9s, pioneer 4 way 6.5s, 2 rockford p3 10's,rockford power 500.1 mono amp w/bass knob, 7 pin relocated, highlift and mount in bed, diff breather mod, led bed lights, secondary air filter removed,t-rex eyelids, mefab bumper bar, muddy under carriage
    yeah it kind of sucks to take a hit on anything you customize but its cheaper than alot of other habits you could have. something that may help is to sell or trade some of the modded parts from your truck.....what ya got?:D
     
  6. Aug 27, 2010 at 12:21 AM
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    TACOMA TRD

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    Im on my third Truck this year. Had a Dakota that was all modded, then a ram which was a headache.....then, I bought the Tacoma just for quality. I got lucky, I usually buy used low ball offers with cash, then drive them a while and dump them.

    I traded my Ram (hated that truck) that had issues, for 500.00 more than what I paid for it on the taco. Im done now, unless someone gives me what I paid for the taco. Im always looking for screamimg deals on vehicles. My wife wants me to get couseling for being a truckaholic. :D
     
  7. Aug 27, 2010 at 7:26 AM
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    scottri

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    I don't really mod my vehicles much and I tend to drive them in to the ground. My last truck I bought new and drove it for 9 years. The only mod was a camper shell. I think you will generally "lose" money on a vehicle if you drive them for less than 5 or 7 years.
     
  8. Aug 27, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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    MGH-PA

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    I'm 25, and one my second vehicle. First one, I put ~90K miles on it (had 190K when I sold it), this trucl as 91,500 miles on it, and I've put almost 40K of those on. As much fun as new vehicles are, they're a terrible investment.
     
  9. Aug 27, 2010 at 10:34 AM
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    Rich2putt

    Rich2putt 2016 Tacoma DCSB, 4x4, Teck Pkg, MGM

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    Don't look at a vehicle as an investment. Investments are to "make" money, vehicles are not. :D
     
  10. Aug 27, 2010 at 12:13 PM
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    Deuxdiesel

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    I just got out of classic VW's as toys, and over the past 6 years I put well over $15,000 into 5 separate vehicles (three buses and two bugs) and got less than $5,000 when selling them. As long as your Tacoma remains streetable and can be used as a daily driver, money that you put into it (mods or otherwise) should just be considered "upkeep".
     
  11. Aug 27, 2010 at 2:19 PM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    that's why I stopped drinking beer, havent had a sip since April

    EDIT: back on topic, I guess if I never sell my truck, I will never fully realize a loss, thus I guess I will never sell!
     
  12. Aug 27, 2010 at 2:47 PM
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    WNYTACOMA

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    Guilty as charged.
     
  13. Aug 27, 2010 at 3:18 PM
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    chaztoyo

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    I usually buy trucks used and drive them until I start questioning their reliability or they leave me stranded. I've had 5 trucks over the last 30 years, but the Tacoma is the first one I've ever bought new. Before that I had an F150 I bought when it was 6 years old, and then drove it for 11 years. I hope to drive the Tacoma for at least 15 to 20 years. I feel like I've gotten my money's worth out of each of them. Hopefully that will be the case with the Tacoma as well.
     
  14. Aug 27, 2010 at 3:33 PM
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    steve o 77

    steve o 77 braaap

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    I've gained about 2k in the 3 vehicles I've owned.
     
  15. Aug 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM
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    gtrotter

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    I have a bad habit of buying a vehicle, modding it to perform better, and then selling it. Last car I had maybe 3500 in performance parts. This truck, so far, I have maybe 3,000. I am probably just going to keep driving and upgrading it. If something wears out, I replace it with something better. When this little 2.7 is done( 50k miles already!), I am dropping in a 4bt diesel and dana 60 front, 14 bolt rear.
     
  16. Aug 27, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    Asgard

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    I keep my vehicles as close to stock as possible for that same reason.
     
  17. Aug 27, 2010 at 4:02 PM
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    JoshR324

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    I lost about $18k on a highly modified vehicle about two years ago. I'll never go that balls out on mods again.
     
  18. Aug 27, 2010 at 4:04 PM
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    PB65stang

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    The hell a vehicle isn't an investment. I wish I had money to have my car be a toy, but the fact is that I have to make a return on my investment in my vehicle, or I'm going to hurt financially. In my opinion, as an "investment" is the perfect way to look at a primary, daily driver vehicle.
     
  19. Aug 27, 2010 at 4:05 PM
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    Larry

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    When someone asks how much I "lost" on a vehicle...I tell them: "I have never lost any money on vehicle...I know where every dollar went." :D
     
  20. Aug 27, 2010 at 5:47 PM
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    drewskie

    drewskie [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Damn, most of the money I lost was on a Jeep Grand cherokee, paid 12, put 5 in it, and sold it it for 4.
     
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