Originally Posted by farfetched
I have looked at both new and used. Seems that some of the used ones are made of gold with the prices they want. With the rebates and discounts I can get a new one for about the same price as a new used one
That's becuase the auto industry tanked 3-5 years ago and only made 1/2 the cars they normally do - those would now be the most sought after used cars and they are scarce so sell at a premium.
It may be easier to find a properly equipped used 3/4 ton, but I gave up trying to find a used 1/2 the way we wanted/needed.
My math showed a new truck vs used cost about $500/year more over the time we'll own it. Based on my experiences with used vehicles vs new, I'll have no costs on the new one for 3 years for much of anything, vs used will need brakes, tires, otehr misc things that can easily add to $500 a year. So the 'extra cost' is only really applicable in the second half of 6 to 8 year ownership cycle.
There is always risk - I've had 50/50 luck with used cars - 50% need very little repairs and the other 50% are holes into which I pour money it seems. At least with new I've got a few years of warrant coverage to determine if this will be a good truck or a 'hole' truck that goes when the warranty expires!
I've also just upgraded from 3 'older' vehicles that were taking turns competing for my attention on tires, brakes, check engine lights, fuel pumps, etc. I now have 2 that just go. everytime, all the time. Piece of mind has benefits, and I can budget for a while on what transportation will cost - no ugly surprises!