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How much is too much?!?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacoman78, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. Apr 29, 2010 at 1:57 PM
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    tacoman78

    tacoman78 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So. I have a question. I'm in the market for my first Taco, and I really don't have a whole ton of money to throw at it initially. I live in Southern California and I have been doing a lot of searching for Taco's in the area to see what I can find. I'm looking for a 2002-2004 Dbl Cab 4x4. With relatively decent mileage.

    Eventually the truck will become a commuter car between So Cali and Nor Cali, but for now it will be a daily drive around town and occasionally it will make an appearance in the snow and mud depending on whether it's hunting, snowboard, or hiking season.

    I have about $11k cash and I'd really like to not go over that. I so do you have any suggestions on negotiation tactics with dealers and private party. Cause I've seen some Taco's locally with 150k miles and the seller is asking $15k or more? Is this what I have to look forward to? Or should I just walk in/up and say, "hey I have $XX,XXX cash money, hundred dollar bills, and I want that truck," and see what they say? Or do you think there is another tactic to use to close the deal on a truck that I like.

    Thanks.

    P.S. I live in a city that is north of LA but south of Fresno, not much choice in Taco's in my town, but I'm willing to drive out of town to get a good deal, but i really don't want to drive for 2 hours only to be told that we can't make a deal then have to drive home empty handed...well except for the cash I have.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Apr 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM
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    scriber007

    scriber007 Well-Known Member

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    It really depends, sometimes it just out of luck. It took me 5 months to find my doublecab daily commuter. I would always check carmax, sometimes they have the better deal. I know these particular models have high resale value.

    Good luck.
     
  3. Apr 29, 2010 at 5:51 PM
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    I would check places like craigslist.com or other for sale by owner sites. Private parties will deal easier than a dealer. Let them know how much you have and stand firm with your offer. What I found is if you find flaws with the truck, point them out to the seller and use them in your negotiation. (Tire wear, dents & scratches, worn parts) Don't be afraid to look it over really well, take it for a test drive and stop in a parking lot and check the underbody and the interior buttons, etc.
     
  4. Apr 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM
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    StrongYota22

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    This couple wanted 7k for my doublecab.. I pointed out the truck needed new tires, the rims were in terrible shape, the tailgate had a dent in it, and the bumper needed replacing due to the idiot owner backing it into something. Then I offered $5,200 they tried 6 grand then I said I have cash. Their eyes got really wide when i showed them the cash :eek:. They took the offer quickly after that. So basically make them feel as insecure as possible then stab them with cash. Seemed to work for me. :D
     
  5. Apr 29, 2010 at 7:39 PM
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    Tic Taco

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    I like the way you think :thumbsup:
     
  6. Apr 29, 2010 at 7:50 PM
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    MadTaco461

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    that technique does work at the moment
     
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