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New 32 29.09%
Slightly used still w/ warranty approx 2-4 years old 37 33.64%
Used generally 10+ years old 100K + miles 41 37.27%
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Old 12-25-2013, 08:52 PM
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I buy new trucks for my own personal vehicle but for the last 5-6 yrs I have been buying trucks 4-8 yrs old that are in good shape with 40k-100k miles for my work vehicles. $12k or less I have been paying all cash.

My guys have beat up too many brand new trucks in the past to buy any more new!
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Old 12-26-2013, 06:14 AM
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I buy new trucks for my own personal vehicle but for the last 5-6 yrs I have been buying trucks 4-8 yrs old that are in good shape with 40k-100k miles for my work vehicles. $12k or less I have been paying all cash.

My guys have beat up too many brand new trucks in the past to buy any more new!
Sounds logical to me.Except that I won't buy any vehicle new, not even for myself.
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Old 12-26-2013, 09:22 AM
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Bought a new truck in 2004 and it drove me crazy to see it get scratches and scuffs. So to me I said never again. So 3 years ago bought 94 with 66k, last year 2003 with 82k and this year 2004 with 110k. I feel a lot better knowing the scratches and dents are not going to hurt them. So this is my own personal demon I have to deal with!
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:00 AM
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Just the fact that I paid cash for a vehicle makes me feel better, the scratch and dent thing still bothers me but those can be fixed and generally are.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:01 AM
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We buy all trucks at local City Auctions

Local city municipality's take excellent care of there fleets, they all have strict maintaince programs that they keep in place from day one to when they become surplus vehicles.Most have daily inspections and perform both pre and post trips and are required to write up any repairs that are needed.I have a local body shop that paints all trucks I buy for six hundred dollars a piece so to the untrained eye they appear to be new or close to new.And most of the trucks are very low mileage, the last truck I bought last month was a 2006 Chevy 3500 Dully flat bed with 10 foot stake body the price $1200.00 a little bonus was they put a new set of rubber on the truck the month before it became surplus.We will never buy a new truck,there is no reason to just thought I would share that with you guys.
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:52 AM
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I prefer 1 or 2 yrs old. Get 90% of the truck for 75% of the price.
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So many factors. Are you a one man show? Reliability becomes a big factor. Maybe new is a good option. Handing the keys to an employee? Employees are never as gentle with your equipment as you are. Can you trust your employee with a brand new truck?
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:14 AM
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So many factors. Are you a one man show? Reliability becomes a big factor. Maybe new is a good option. Handing the keys to an employee? Employees are never as gentle with your equipment as you are. Can you trust your employee with a brand new truck?
Every company, landscaping or not that I've ever worked for that kept new trucks did so by leasing, after a year or so a brand new truck will look like it's 10 years old when turned loose with employees.
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Old 01-20-2014, 08:30 AM
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I'll take used all day long. I'm solo, but have a few 1099 guys during the busy spring and summer months

I can't justify abuse of a brand new $40k plus truck. I mainly work on foreclosures and REO houses and the stuff I have to haul away would make some people cringe. Besides that, I put about 35-40k on my trucks every year.

The biggest drawback to buying new is that due to the high amount of travel I do I usually section 179 my vehicle purchases. New for 2014 unless the government decides that it is important enough, the section 179 deduction will max out at 25k (already the limit for section 179 in PA) So I will have to limit my reinvestment in my business, not just for vehicles, but equipment as well.
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I'd say used truck new equipment should be the rule of thumb.
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