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Trading in 2012 for 2018?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by sbu249, May 16, 2018.

  1. May 16, 2018 at 9:35 AM
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    sbu249

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    Hello everyone! Long time lurker, first time poster. I have a question to pose to the masses as I'm looking for all the input I can get. I currently have a 2012 TRD Sport with 70k miles, has never spent a winter in New England (yet, but I recently moved back and will be there permanently now). Minimal rust. I fully own it, no payments, bought it with 6 miles on it.

    The question is, should I keep the vehicle or trade it in for a 2018 Pro or Sport or anything? I am feeling the 6-year-itch and feel like this might be the best time to get full value for the truck...

    What do y'all think? Sorry if this is annoying to ask but any info is appreciated :)
     
  2. May 16, 2018 at 9:37 AM
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    shakerhood

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    Go get an extended test drive of the new ones to see if you like any.
     
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  3. May 16, 2018 at 9:38 AM
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    JonathanH

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    Zero payments to having a payment? Not for me. My Tacoma will be paid off in November and as much as I want a TRD Pro 4 Runner, I'm going to hang to my truck a while longer.
     
  4. May 16, 2018 at 9:41 AM
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    doorsidedown

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    got $17k for my 2012 with almost 140k on the clock. just for reference... if you want it, do it!
     
  5. May 16, 2018 at 9:48 AM
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    MattCowsmasher

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    I’d keep what you have 0 payments can go far with maintence. Imagine how’d you feel with rust on your brand new truck. I’d save some cash an give the ol girl a face lift, rims tires, an a lil lift perhaps sliders you’d have a whole new outlook
     
  6. May 16, 2018 at 9:50 AM
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    specter208

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    I would keep your 2012 if you have the 6MT.
     
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  7. May 16, 2018 at 9:51 AM
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    crashnburn80

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    Welcome! Posting this in 3rd gen section will likely get you 3rd gen favored responses vs posting in the 2nd gen will likely get you 2nd gen favored responses.

    A solid paid off truck is better than making payments. Then money can be spent on mods, which may make your truck feel new to you again.

    3rd gens have nicer interiors with more gadgets, better MPGs and crazy price tags. 2nd gens have more low end torque with more off the line power and with the auto you have an early V8 Tundra transmission. Solid driveline, with supercharging options available.

    Ultimately no one will be able to tell you what is best for you.

    I chose 2nd gen because I value low end torque in a truck and wanted the factory supercharger which isn’t available for the smaller Atkinson cycle engine in the 3rd gen.
     
  8. May 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM
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    sdsurfer

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    It's nice to have no car payments. However, if you are in a good financial position and feel like a new truck, go for it. I love my 3rd gen. I had a 2011 TRD Sport and upgraded to 2016 TRD Sport. Have no regrets.
     
  9. May 16, 2018 at 10:08 AM
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    AlabamaBlackSnake

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    I’d go for a lightly used 2015.
     
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    Absolutely, you’re approaching the steep drop off point. Take advantage of the high trade in values currently before gas goes up... once gas goes up used trucks lose value as well. You can get a new 2018 TRD sport for like 19k with your trade....
     
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  11. May 16, 2018 at 10:35 AM
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    2012 with 70k and first post ?
    Amazing.
    No mods or questions ever ?
     
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    I kept my 2000 4Runner for 17 years. Based on what I paid for it new, minus what I sold it for, the average annual depreciation was ~ $1500. If you like your truck, keep it.
    But, I love my new Tacoma!
     
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    All of this!
     
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    You left out the 18% more hp 3rd has with faster passing and tow times. Not surprising though.
    Won't that 'paid off truck' supercharger run 7k ?????
     
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  15. May 16, 2018 at 10:46 AM
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    Crazy price tags?

    One of the main reasons I bought a 3rd gen was that a used 2nd gen with low miles was only a few thousand less than a brand new one. 32k for a 2014 with 30k miles or 36k for a 2017 with 0 miles? Plus you're getting a (arguably) better looking truck, much nicer interior and all the bells and whistles. Was a no brainer for me.
     
  16. May 16, 2018 at 10:52 AM
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    take this advice, pay attention to the power (lack of). if a salesman is riding with you tell him to keep quiet while you evaluate then ask questions. if testing a automatic drive some portion with the ECT button on, compare the power difference off the line.
     
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    I'd go with the phrase 'high resale value'. As in sell it yourself.

    No trade in will ever approach the street value of a vehicle. Because you have an 'allowance', which means you paid too much for the vehicle you're buying.

    It's a shell and pea game. You have to remove 2 shells (trade and dealer financing) to know the true cost of the pea.

    Give it a few months though. There is a fresh wave of truck buyers who are going to bail when gas hits $4. If you've ever considered an econo box appliance as a 2nd ride, now is the time to buy that.

    @sbu249 only you can decide what's right for you. For me, a paid for truck with only 70k would stay in my garage. There's nothing a 3rd gen can do over your truck that would be shelling out that kind of cash delta worth it to me.
     
  18. May 16, 2018 at 10:56 AM
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    Take your time sell to a private party then go buy what you want ... you've got very low mileage . I've got a 16 with 59+k miles . I had a second gen also .
    They won't offer what you could get for a trade in offer . Used Tacomas with your mileage is the reason people just buy new instead of used (insane dealer markup ). Trust me there are people scouring the internet looking for non dealership low mile tacomas .. They will get a deal and so will you .
     
  19. May 16, 2018 at 10:58 AM
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    I think the best new tacoma sales tool is high markup on used inventory.
     
  20. May 16, 2018 at 11:00 AM
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    I'm imagining when the 4th Gen Tacoma comes out, and I've still got my 3rd Gen with (at my pace) 60-70k miles. 4th gen will have maybe a better engine, getting 28mpg. Bigger cab. Auto valet. Etc. There is no way I'd sell mine. Taking on more debt just to scratch an itch that will go away anyway? Marginal benefits, if any. 60-70k miles means 1/4 of its life spent. There are a lot of miles I can cover.

    As much as I don't really care for 2nd Gen's, I would just keep yours. I don't see that much benefit going to 3rd Gen. But that's all subjective. I wouldn't personally.
     

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