Yes.. but with the low miles aspect, it will be a needle in a haystack but it can be done... my guess is you will be in the 7-10 year old range, with anywhere from 80-140K miles for the price you want to pay, but also check into auctions in your area... if you save a little more ($1-$2K) which can operate as both a repair fund and base for saving for your next truck (plus your trade), you can be a little more flexible on the miles. Any used vehicle without a warranty carries risk, so by having this extra money on hand, you mitigate some of that risk. There also warranty companies that will warranty it if it is under 10 years old and less than 150K miles...
Look for trucks where it is clean on the inside... this is a sign of someone who maintains their vehicle... something like this...
You bet on the chevy, not sure bout dodge. Take my truck for example, 98 chevy z71. Bought 9 years ago with 155000 miles, I fish hunt farm and work out of this truck. I have hauled tractors from Iowa to kansas and change the oil once a year, no joke. I now have 338000+ miles and still going paid $7000
I don't see why you have to drop that kind of money for a truck to start out in... 3-6k would get you something that would do what you want it to around here. Just my 2 cents
While I'm at it I'll also add you don't really need a truck at all for small side jobs. A wagon or a midsize SUV would do the job, hell a sedan would work most of the time. The initial cost and additional cost of fuel will far outweigh delivery charges....
Id suggest using www.autotrader.com, www.carsforsale.com, as well as www.searchtempest.com. You could easily get any major brand (with mileage over 110k) for under $7,000. Dependent on your area. I have a used 2001 tundra i got quite a while ago, currently has 250k miles on it with no major expenses...A buddy of mine who does concrete work also has a tundra, his has 450k miles on it.(not trying to influence your decision hah but i have been fortunate) Seriously though if i were you starting out id try and find a semi high mileage possibly single owner truck.
Also i think it was said above but since working for years out of a truck i gotta say that imo a van is so much more suitable for the trades and would be something to think about.
Don't get into the world of credit debt hell. If you're really interested in building credit, get a secured credit card and only buy your gasoline with it. Pay it off every month and after a couple years your credit will be good enough that utility companies won't try to suck $500 deposits out of you every time you get a new apartment.
Don't put a truck on credit. You don't want that life.
If you've got 10k in cash, you can have a gorgeous truck with relatively low miles and a pristine exterior.
I have a hitch on my car and a 4x8 trailer that plywood will fit on if I need it. I have a truck but I work out of my car far more often, it's a 4 door hatchback and with the rear seats removed and plywood on the floor its like working out of a van. Heck I can easily fit several 8' boards in the car if I have to.
I'm like you, not much credit, too much debt, still paying for some bad decisions a few years ago. So whenever I can save some money I do, for that reason I rarely use my truck.
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