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Old 05-27-2013, 01:55 PM   #11
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PP sells on their own for a few reasons - almost always related to greed. Me included. I was offered $1500 trade for my expedition and I have $8k in it...see, the PO had issues I"m sure he knew about and didn't tell me and I got the bill for it.

Sometimes people sell vehicles when they know there are issues upcoming. We all do this or we'd run vehicles to 1,000,000 miles.

I traded in my 93 taurus because it was beginning to rust and needed an alternator. I bought it from someone because it needed wheel bearings, a/c, a headlight and had 130k miles on it and they were 'tired of putting money into it'.

got a jeep wrangler -needed an engine and tires - and a lot of things the seller never mentioned (u joints, steering shaft, transmission work).
Bought a grand caravan and it was decent - dont' recall it needing much for a couple of years - seller had just put a transmission in it though.

My 08 subaru I got last fall off a dealer. I'm guessing the PO traded it in because it was in need of brakes and tires the dealer did this work (they showed my the workorders). It only had 47k miles on it..like new really. But had he tried to sell it privately would he have put $600 into it before selling it? Prolly not.

I sold a sable wagon years ago - the transmission light would come on at times because the trans plug to computer leaked at random intervals. Take it apart and spray some cleaner and ti was good to go for months. A dealer would have fixed this or had to fix it. As a private selling...hey, the light was off, I don't know what you're talking about mr buyer.

A private seller can plead ignorance - and be honest or lying, you can't tell or prove otherwise.
A dealer cannot.

No guarantee a dealer will sell a 'good' vehicle - chevy bought back a 6 month old S10 from me in 89 so even new can be bad - its just that they do inspect and fix them and stand behind them. At least around here. Now i'm talking new car dealers - the little lots on some corners are scarier than hell and to be avoided like the plague.
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Old 05-27-2013, 01:56 PM   #12
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I'm a franchised new and used vehicle dealer. My advice... buy from a small franchised dealer. The independents and the huge metro city dealers don't rely on repeat business... they reply on impulse buyers and people shopping for the very cheapest price. A small center relies on repeat business and will look after you to earn your business again and again.
Very good advice!
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:34 PM   #13
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Hi!

Go to Youtube and search Powerstrokehelp. Watch the videos you will find out tons of information. Buy the truck for your next trailer. Good luck.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:18 PM   #14
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I live in SE Texas and Texas has the biggest market for pickup trucks. Almost one half of all registrations are pickup trucks. There are lots of then for sale, both used and new. Back in 2010/2011 when I was in the market for a TV for my fiver, I looked high and low, all over the Houston area and on the internet, Ebay, Crag's List etc for used diesel pickup trucks. What I found, they want way to much for used diesel pickup trucks with way to many miles. I do know that they will tell you that the engine will last for hundreds of miles, but it is just a pickup truck and it will require repairs just like like any vehicle.
I looked for seven months for a used 3/4 ton diesel pickup truck, any brand, Fords, Chev/GMAC and Dodges/Rams and what I got, a new 2011 F250 XLT, CC, diesel, longbed, RWD for $39,125 which I condider to be as good a deal as I could get. If you are willing to pay about half of that for used diesel pickups that are five years old with 135,000 miles on then, you can find them. I was not willing to pay that much for them. Good Luck
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Old 11-14-2013, 11:38 PM   #15
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It's a crap shoot when buying used. Get a Carfax on the vehicle. At least you'll know about the major issues with wrecks, title issues, etc. One thing to consider is purchasing a warranty. My background is Reliability Engineering in the automotive industry. I will never purchase an extended warranty for anything I buy except for vehicles. The only reason I buy warranties for vehicles is the cost of repairs vs the cost of the warranty.

Look at KBB, NADA, and other internet sites like eBay to determine what he truck you are looking for sells for.
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Old 11-15-2013, 06:50 AM   #16
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Go to this site, these guys know Fords and ask the same question.

Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums - Ford truck and SUV owners and enthusiasts Community And Information Source.

Then go to this site and you will be able to find the value of the truck you want.

New Car Prices and Used Car Book Values - NADAguides
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:26 AM   #17
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Hello woodpidgeon Just curious are you looking to purchase in UK or NA?
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I can remember back in the 90s when one could by a 2-year old car, with under 30K miles, for no more than half of what it sold for when new.

When we had to replace our '06 Jeep Liberty due to incurable electrical problems, we decided to go with a Honda CRV. This was December of 2011. The final asking price was $26K new. Loaded with leather, gadgets, heated seats, etc... An '09 just like it? $24K with 35K miles. Like most folks, we have to finance. 6% for used versus .9% (yes, .9%) for a new one with warranty.
Oh, shopping for Tundras. Trucks in general tend to hold their value. In the summer of 2011, I started looking around a little. There were 10 used current generation Tundras 2007 on up) within a 50 mile radius of Indianaplis. Found an '08, red, with 35K miles. Asking price? $30K. Forget it. Fast forward to March of 2012 when my wife got fed up with my Dodge Dakota repair bills. Found my current truck, new, for...$30K! Now it didn't quite have all the goodies the '08 had. But it was still the same drivetrain.

So, the point of my blabbering here is that lightly used vehicles with low mileage are not a good deal, especially if you have to finance. If you have excellent credit scores, those super-low interest rates make new vehicles more affordable than the lightly used ones. If you're looking to buy something with over 80K miles in it, I would plan to be able to pay cash AND have a reserve to make any repairs. I wouldn't want to make payments and have several repair bills.
Finally, I tend to avoid used because people in general do not gland good care of vehicles anymore. From hard driving habits to not doing maintenance. For what it's worth...
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Correction: the Liberty was an '04. The Dakota was an '06.
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Old 11-15-2013, 07:26 PM   #20
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I hear what John III is saying when it comes to used toyota trucks. I have been shopping for a Sequoia. A Sequoia that was $45k new, is $40k after two years and 30,000 miles. Sheesh.
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