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Old 09-24-2006, 11:38 PM
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what type of truck for summer 2007

As some of you know, i currently have a 2000 astro, works great and i love it, but i have been looking at trucks for the past week, trying to get some pricing, as i'm planning on buying a 4X4 pickup next summer. By then i should be ale to afford $7-$10K as a down payment. I don't know to go brand new or not, due to the depreciation as soon as you drive off the lot. what i need/want/would like is 4X4, at least a 6 foot bed, CD, A/C, A/T, V6 or V8, deffinately not an I-4. I would like something that looks good, but that's not as important as it's preformance. I need it to be able to tow my trailer which currently grosses out at 2,000 LBS, but may upgrade in the near furture to a 4,000 LBS trailer. and i would use the bed of the truck for the usual hauling(get you minds out of the gutter) of mulch and leaves. I don't need a crew cab as they cost way too much, but maybe and access cab.

what my ideas are so far is the GMC canyon, Chevy colarado, sileravdo, tacoma, f-150 ranger. Any input on what i would need is appreciated, i realize that next year is a whiles away, but i like to plan for things early and save up so i don't have to take out a huge loan.

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Old 09-24-2006, 11:42 PM
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I would go for a Chevy Silverado bare bones 4.8 V8 work truck it I were you. I think it is the best choice out of the ones you gave. I don't know if I would really want a Ranger or Canyon pulling trailer everyday. I am sure that some guys run them without issues, but if you can get a 1500 series truck, go for it.
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Old 09-24-2006, 11:50 PM
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im gunna shoot for a diesel rack or mason dump f350/450 or a dodge 3500 cummins
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Old 09-25-2006, 01:06 PM
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Just look around over the winter and see what deals pop-up. Every brand has there downfalls but see if you can come by a "deal of the lifetime". JMO
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:55 PM
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thansk guys, FTD, i do think a canyon is a bit too small for my needs, but i am going to try and get a good deal on a V8 1500, i don't want to go with anything older than two years, and would really like to go new. i can sell the van for an easy $2500 next year. lot of dealers are offering a $3000 min trade in value, so take that into account. and Has anyone every gotten a loan under 18? you need either parents to take out the loan or to co-sign it right?
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:59 PM
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Nothing smaller than a Silverado 1500 V-8.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:42 PM
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V-8 or larger, 8 foot bed. you will know what you want when you see it. You need a v-8 for geting out in traffic and hauling a good load, 8 foot bed to haul stuff. trust me if you go small you will wish you had gone large. brand will depend on your liking.
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Old 09-25-2006, 10:40 PM
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would a local dealership let me tow my trailer on a test drive? i could alway take it out on a 24 hour test drive, my mom did that with her 2006 rav4. i would just like to see how it handles the trailer going down the highway and uphill before i lay down that kind of money.
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2006 Craftsman 21" 6.0 HP push
2005 tow behind spreader, dethatcher, aerator
2006 5X8 trailer
2005 Echo gt-200R
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:02 PM
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They wont let you take it for a test drive if your under 18, no loan unless you have a cosigner and even then its tough but you are also talking about walking in and putting 7-10k down. Some might laugh, some might hand you the pen. Are you also a legal business entity? This might allow you to get credit in some way easier but if not, you will have a VERY tough time getting a loan if you have no proof of income, I had the same problem this past year because we are so new but we will make a lot of $$ this year. I put big down payments on my equipment this year and it allowed me to get all of my loans (except one) without an cosigner (the one that required a cosigned I put only 2k down on so I would have $$ for a trailer and DP for a tractor).
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:06 PM
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They wont let you take it for a test drive if your under 18, no loan unless you have a cosigner and even then its tough but you are also talking about walking in and putting 7-10k down. Some might laugh, some might hand you the pen. Are you also a legal business entity? This might allow you to get credit in some way easier but if not, you will have a VERY tough time getting a loan if you have no proof of income, I had the same problem this past year because we are so new but we will make a lot of $$ this year. I put big down payments on my equipment this year and it allowed me to get all of my loans (except one) without an cosigner (the one that required a cosigned I put only 2k down on so I would have $$ for a trailer and DP for a tractor).
James
thanks you answered a bunch of quextions. i will soon be working at radioshack durring the weekends, and lawns durring the week day, so i will have a legit source of income for the dealer to see.
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2000 Chevy Astro 4.3l vortec V6
2006 Simplicity Broadmoor
2005 Lawn Boy 21" walk behind
2006 Craftsman 21" 6.0 HP push
2005 tow behind spreader, dethatcher, aerator
2006 5X8 trailer
2005 Echo gt-200R
a slew of hand tools
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