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Thinking about trading in my Red Taco for a Speedway Blue Taco.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Stew_Fri, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. Oct 16, 2008 at 9:04 PM
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    Stew_Fri

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    Soooo....I bought this Red 2008 D. Cab 4x4 Sr5 Sport Taco, December 2007 right when i got back from Iraq. But....what i really wanted was a Speedway Blue Metallic D. Cab 4x2 Tacoma with the same styling as my red Tacoma (hood scoop, colored bumper and grill). I did not want the 4x4 because i know i would never need it or would rarely if ever go off-roading and plus all the extra weight of a 4x4 that would reduce MPG. But i was told the only way i could still have the Color Styling/Hood Scoop was to get a 4x4. I met a guy at my Apts that drives the exact same truck as me minus the 4x4. His is a 4x2 but still has the Scoop/Color grill/bumper. He said he bought it that way. I also wanted Speedway Blue Metallic but was told that Toyota in Japan had just (at the time) been hit by a big earth quake and production was reduced to 10%....meaning there were only 10 Hood Scooped/etc. Tacoma's in TX (none of which were Blue) and would be that way for the next 3 to 4 months. I thought this was a Croc so i checked it out online and sure enough i found news about the earth quake. So being a little impatient after spending 14 months in Iraq....i didn't want to wait anymore and went ahead and settled for the Red one.

    NOWWWW, I'm having feelings of regrets as gas rises(not that big a deal but still) and as i see Blue Tacoma looking awesome driving around. I have been thinking about trading in my Red 4x4 for a Speedway Blue 4x2 Tacoma if i can find one. 08 or 09, i don't care Am I crazy??? WHAT SHOULD I DO OR WHAT CAN I DO? PLEASE HELP!!

    Pics of My Taco:



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    What I want instead: (of course I would transfer all my upgrades(K&N CAI, hood protector, safari bar W/ lights) to my new taco)

     
  2. Oct 16, 2008 at 9:12 PM
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    BulletToothTony

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    If you have the money i would do it.
     
  3. Oct 16, 2008 at 9:19 PM
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    Wow, you'd take a big hit in depreciation just to get a different color? You could buy more upgrades, etc. with that money. But hey, you only live once right? By the way, I really wanted the red - but wound up with silver. I try to keep it dirty enough so that I don't care.

    Just wondering - why do people want the hood scoop? Does it do anything?

    Other options:
    01. Buy some glasses with blue tint.
    02. Save the money you'd lose on depreciation and buy a house with a garage. Put truck inside and close the door.
     
  4. Oct 16, 2008 at 9:30 PM
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    It does absolutely nothing but look cool lol. :cool:
     
  5. Oct 16, 2008 at 9:33 PM
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    I have the money so that's not too big a deal. Yeah i was trying to figure out how big a depreciation hit i would take for trading it in. Yeah, the Hood Scoop does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. Not functional at all. Purely cosmetic but i just think it completely changes the look and stance of the truck. I love it.

    Yeah i try to keep mine as clean to keep me from thinking of Blue but just about everyday i go to work i see the same guy that drives a blue acess cab drive past my work and we stare at each other every time like a Mexican stand-off of our proud trucks, yet still both envious of the other.

    Haha, blue tinted glasses. That might actually work except im getting eye surgery next week so i will never have to wear glasses again....at least till im old and hairy.

    Hmmmm House......hmmm
     
  6. Oct 16, 2008 at 9:36 PM
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    Have you asked him if he'd trade? Now I'm starting to wish I had waited for a red one to be available! Why did you do this to me?
     
  7. Oct 16, 2008 at 9:47 PM
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    I don't know of anyone to trade with. The guy lived at my Apt drove a red one too.

    MUAHAHAHA SUFFER LIKE I DO!!!.......hmmm.... Sorry, that was my mad scientist laugh. Sorry about that.
     
  8. Oct 16, 2008 at 10:14 PM
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    I would appreciate any additional advice.
     
  9. Oct 16, 2008 at 10:21 PM
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    SocalMan22

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    I say go for it definately send me your light bar doesnt look good on your truck lol j/k but the speedway blue is nice. Getting the sport model looks sweet.
     
  10. Oct 16, 2008 at 10:46 PM
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    Hey Stew - I gave a smart ass answer earlier, so here's what I really think.

    Go to edmunds.com and see what the trade in value of your truck is. While you are there, check out what the True Market Value of the new (Blue!) truck is. Request some dealer quotes. You could also calculate how many miles you drive each month and how much youd save on gas - ditto for insurance if it is cheaper for the 4x2. Now you will be in a position to decide if it is worth it.

    Once you have the dealer quote - call them and ask what they have in stock. If dealers email you quotes without real numbers - ignore them. Ask them to fax or email a price on an actual vehicle, with a VIN number.

    Here's the deal... DON'T just walk in to a dealer to have a casual discussion with your friendly car saleman about this - your emotions will get the best of you (I've been there and had the payment book to prove it...). The typical story is you walked in "just to talk" about trading for a new Tacoma - and drive off with a fully-optioned Tundra and an $800 a month payment for 72 months.

    Another factor is that now that you've had your Taco for almost a year, and have made regular payments - you might be able to get a better interest rate from a lender. In fact, an excellent thing to do is to have your financing all dialed in before you get your price quotes. You're military right? So maybe Credit Union or USAA?

    Dealers are really eager to move trucks right now, but not so keen on having another used vehicle around. Be prepared to hear a much lower trade value from the dealer than you think the truck is worth. Harsh, right?

    So to sum up:
    Research the value of your present ride.
    Research the cost of the new truck.
    Get the numbers in writing BEFORE YOU GO TO THE DEALER!
    Get your financing locked in before you go to the dealer
    Try to get a better interest rate.
    Calculate gas and insurance savings.

    Then you'll know what it will really cost you, and you can make your decision based on the numbers. If you have Oprah-type cash reserves - go for it. Think of it this way - if someone walked up to you and offered to magically change the color of your truck for $5000 would you do it? $6000? $7500? Option: Get a factory quality paint job - although it would cost a hella lot of money - and it just doesn't look stock unless you pay the full boat to have the whole thing torn down - engine out, doors and glass off etc.

    Let us know how it goes!
     
  11. Oct 16, 2008 at 10:56 PM
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  12. Oct 17, 2008 at 3:55 PM
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    Wow, thanks for the awesome response. That gives me a great ideas of where to start and make sure i get the most out of it if i do decided to do a trade. THANKS!
     
  13. Oct 17, 2008 at 3:57 PM
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    HAHAHA, Suuuurrrrrreeeee.;) The light bar looks horrible on mine so Your light bar is already in the mail wink wink
     
  14. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:06 PM
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    I don't think there is a big difference(if any) in the fuel economy between the 4x4 and the prerunner. I think the dealer that sold you your truck is lazy. Finally, if you've got the money and don't mind losing money, go get the truck that you really want.
     
  15. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:31 PM
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  16. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:35 PM
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    wat?
    there's only about a 1mpg difference in the 4x4. i went the opposite way...i went from the 07 DC prerunner sport to an 09 DC 4x4 sport.
     
  17. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:38 PM
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  18. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:43 PM
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    It's all in my head at the moment...
    I knew someone was in Sumter. Hey, I saw a Double Cab Tacoma for sale at the Chevy dealer there across from WalMart/Mall entrance. I run that route sometimes with FedEx. Was curious if it was still there. Looked sharp, Silver. Don't want it but it looked lonely, just sitting there. You can't miss it. It's in the used vehicle outlet.

    There is also a 1st generation doublecab for sale in Columbia over on PineView Drive between Shop Rd and Garners Ferry. In front of the pasta place. American Italian Way is just before it if you are coming from Garners Ferry. Looks sharp too. Maybe our favorite deputy sheriff could cruise by. He won't get hassled.

    Just an observation.
     
  19. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:55 PM
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    This is the way i bought it off the lot

    Not as clean though
     
  20. Oct 17, 2008 at 4:56 PM
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    Your driveway has an oil spot that looks like the head and shoulders of someone taking a picture, that's weird!
     
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