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Old 02-05-2019, 09:34 PM   #1
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I am considering buying a used 3/4 ton truck, 4WD with a utility bed as a second vehicle for my company. My van will still be the primary vehicle and daily driver. When we have several trailers or lifts to get to a jobsite I depend on my own 1996 1/2 ton 2WD F150 but it is far from ideal. When it comes to towing a lift, last year I ran into several situations where i needed a 4WD to pull it where it was needed. I don't like depending upon my employees using their personal vehicles for towing etc.

So I am considering something at about 100,000 miles or so that is not rusted out. As far as model year I am ok with something in mid 2000's. I don't care if it is Ford or Chevy. Gas motor preferred I think.

My question, is there a model year or an engine type that I should avoid?
What do I look for in used 4WD vehicles that should make me walk away?
What would be a good year / model that you would look out for in particular?
Besides rust, and a good service record is there anything else I should be looking out for?
It seems to me most of these types of vehicles (service / utility trucks) are kept until worn out then traded in, are people returning leases after a few years on these vehicles? if so I don't seem to be able to find them. I appreciate any advice.
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Old 02-05-2019, 10:27 PM   #2
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All the 4wd trucks from the utility company up here get auctioned off in other states. I don't recall the auction company name, but they have auctions in mass, ny, pa, and so on.

Bring a mechanic.

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Just keep searching. There are some out there. 2 years ago I found a 2009 Chevy, 2500, 4wd, 120000 miles, with a utility bed for about $16,000.
I didn't hesitate to buy it. Turns out, I found it at a local dealership. A farmer had traded it in, the day before.
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Might be easier to buy a truck and bed separately and have the bed installed.

I looked for 6months and every flat deck I drove thatís wasnít brand new was beat to death
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Ive got multiple 3/4-1T, 4wd, crew cab, dually, diesel trucks with high miles, lots of rust, and low prices.




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I go to this auction all the time. I bought an expedition from one of the counties for 1900 bucks once that had 190k miles on it. Sold it for more than I bought it after driving it for 6 months. If you don't mind things like fire rescue or sherrif vinyl and light bars... There are some killer deals on really ugly vehicles but they are immaculately well kept.

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I'll never but used again. The last experience was horrible. Always question why someone gives up a car with low miles. There may be more than meets the eye.


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I'll buy second hand all day. Never really had a problem.
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I'll buy second hand all day. Never really had a problem.
I agree. I have been in business for 25 years, and only am on my fourth truck. You do gotta do your homework.
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Yup, all three of my current trucks were bought used.

The last two we went south for, both were low mileage, used to pull rv's only a few times a year.

Once you've bought a few used vehicles, you learn to smell the bs'ers right away.

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Bought that Nissan Frontier from hertz 3 years ago now. Came with couple dings and a few scratches. Exactly what I wanted. I put 50k miles on it. So far very happy. My next work truck will be a couple years old.


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I have never been able to bring myself to be able to buy a brand new, like zero miles vehicle.
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I bought my Excursion new, was not an option to buy one with a diesel used in 2000. Pretty sure it's got another 20 years and 400,000 miles in it.

Best 35K I ever spent on a vehicle.

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Up here, a 2000 is coming up on end of life due to rust. With the right deal, you can pay $2200 for a half ton and run it for 10 years before junking it.

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