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Old 04-17-2016, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I'm looking for a 4 or 5 yo used pick up truck. The ones at the dealers are way overpriced. The ones on craigslist almost all have over 100K miles on them.

Where should I look?
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Old 04-18-2016, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Rural Michigan
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Public Surplus: Government Surplus Auctions, then select your state, then "motor pool".

100k miles is really just a start for the current crop of trucks out there, especially if they're properly maintained.
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Old 04-30-2016, 09:58 AM
 
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I'm looking for a 4 or 5 yo used pick up truck. The ones at the dealers are way overpriced. The ones on craigslist almost all have over 100K miles on them.

Where should I look?
I just sold a 5 yr old F150. Truck had a window sticker of 40,525 new, I bought it as a brand new leftover for 30,900. Drove it 5 years, 59K miles and got 21K on a trade. Dealer put it up on their lot for 26K and sold it within 3 weeks, no idea on final price. So it cost me 10K to drive it 5 yrs/59K miles.

I just can't believe someone paid 24-25K for a truck I bought new for just under 31!


I recently sold a fleet truck from my company. Paid 16,400 for a new 2004 GMC 1500 reg cab/long bed. drove it 93K miles in 12 yrs and sold it for 7K on craigslist. Truck sold in a week to the 3rd person who looked at it. Truck was clean, a/c blew cold and was a solid used truck.

Safe to say, I prefer new trucks over buying used.
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Old 05-13-2016, 07:06 PM
 
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They are out there.
You just have to look and be patient.
Look everywhere.
Local newspapers.
Internet sites.
Ebay.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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I got mine at an auction. AN electrical contrcting company was coing out of usiness and happened to have a Ram configured exactly as I was looking for. It had high mileage (70,000) and was a bit older than I wanted (2009) but I paid at least $7000 below market price for it. The problem with auctions, is you never know if the truck will move until you try to drive it home. You are gambling to save money. I figured at $7000 below market I could afford to replace the engine or transmission if necessary and still be OK (but not both).

Mine has a handful of issues, but nothing major. Spark plugs $400, exhaust manifold bolts ($800), shocks ($100 DIY) struts (750), brakes (did nto need new rotors) a problem with the heater and the sunroof recently jammed. Most are things you would expect form any used truck with 70,000 miles (especially a RAM). Lots of little annoying things have failed, but I think that is more a factor of it being a RAM than it coming from an auction.

RAM has the best design idea but the worst build and QC. To me it is worth putting up with things breaking all the time to enjoy the cool design features. For others it may not be worth it.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:10 PM
 
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70k is high mileage? I just got rid of my old truck with 190000 miles because it was wrecked. I bought a 2014 Silverado lt with 8000 miles for 28,000. deals are out there but you better have the cash ready to buy when they come around.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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70k is high mileage? I just got rid of my old truck with 190000 miles because it was wrecked. I bought a 2014 Silverado lt with 8000 miles for 28,000. deals are out there but you better have the cash ready to buy when they come around.
High for a Dodge. The engines hold up ok, but at 100,000 miles, everything else seems to break. I am hoping mine is new enough to have a ZF transmission. Chrysler has never been able to make durable transmissions. They finally admitted that and went to ZF and to GM for transmission design (although I heard they may be or are taking it back in house soon or recently - let's hope not).

I did not have cash ready, but I was able to get a loan in one day. It really does not take much time. We just called, filled out some online forms and signed one document and sent it back to them. Next morning the funds were available. It helped that my bid was $7000 below market and even more below bluebook. I think you can sign online now too.
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