About to Purchase my First Truck

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Matt Hermann, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
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    About to buy my first truck...get my license late March, but came across this truck and think i'm going to buy it. It does have a decent amount of miles, that's the only con. I'm planning on having a mechanic check it out soon, but other than that I don't see too much wrong.

    Here is the link- Let me know what you guys think!

    Thanks-

    http://southjersey.craigslist.org/cto/2723059696.html
     
  2. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Are you going to be working it?
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  3. Pietro

    Pietro LawnSite Senior Member
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    search craigslist EASTERN SEABOARD. Much more results. An F 150 might be good enough for ya, but V8 fuel economy is all the same. You might as well get an F250. Better to have more truck than you need, because if your business gets a little bigger thru the years the f150 will get outgrown fast.
     
  4. Matt Hermann

    Matt Hermann LawnSite Member
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    Yeah lightly working. As in trailer with mowers and such. And I commute to school each day so I'm looking for an f150 then upgrading eventually of necesicary.
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  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    I run a Dakota 4.7 V8 and it works just fine for me now. Don't always listen to the 'big hulking truck' theories, get what works for you.
     
  6. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    Wasn't it you who was looking at this same truck a month or so ago? If I remember correctly, the guy hauled stone or something like that once in a while? If that is the case, you may have to wonder why that truck is still for sale.

    Now, with a 135,000 miles there could be a few parts that need to be replaced. But that is going to be with any truck. Honestly, I don't think 135,000 is that many miles. I plan on getting near 200,000 out of my truck before I sell it and get another new one. At your age, you probably won't be driving all that many places. Sure, you will be driving around town, but I doubt you'll be taking too many trips. So you won't be putting that many miles on the truck each year. I do about 15,000-18,000 miles a year.

    Keep up on the maintenance and treat the truck right, it will serve you well. You really don't need to get a bigger truck. I know far too many people just say, "get at least a 3/4 ton, anything else is worthless". Sure, 3/4 ton and other HD trucks have their place, but 1/2 ton trucks are very capable and will do quite well, especially with airbags already on the rear suspension.

    If you have a mechanic go over the truck, make sure it is one that you trust.
     
  7. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
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    Air Bags in rear means this truck was used to carry more weight then it was designed to carry and carry it often.

    No one will put in air bags to over load a truck once every year.

    And as pointed out if this was that truck posted before pass on it.
     
  8. DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING

    DEPENDABLE LANDSCAPING LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't disagree that half ton trucks work. However if you want to haul heavier loads in bed or larger trailers loaded with gear you may want to lol at a larger truck. Good luck with you r choice just my two cents look toward future needs not just right now.
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  9. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Have an experienced mechanic look over the truck. See if you can get the maintenance records or at least ask what has been done. It will probably need its second set of shocks (front and back) if they haven't already been replaced. Ask if the plugs have been changed. If not, they will need to be done and it can be expensive. They are hard to remove and break really easily. If they break it is very difficult to remove them and that is when it will get expensive. Make sure the power windows work (no hesitation when raising) cause the lifts have a tendency to go and cost about $350 to replace. Then the regular maintenance things like brakes, tires, air filter, and fluids should be checked. I could go on and on.

    I had an 04 F150 Supercab FX4 with the 5.4 as my first truck. I bought it with 40k on it and sold it with 65k on it. I had it for about a year and a half and it turned into a headache. I had a buddy of mine who is a mechanic inspect it before I bought it and he found a few minor maintenace things but nothing major. Then I started have problems. Started off with little things and got to the point where I had to rebuild entire systems of the truck. Now I am not saying that you will have all of the problems I had, I am just say be careful if you buy it. If you have any doubts that all of the maintenance wasn't done or if it wasn't done on time, don't buy it.
     
  10. siclmn

    siclmn LawnSite Senior Member
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    My first truck was a 1/2 ton, hated it. When you would load it up with bark or rock it would wallow all over the place, always buy a 3/4 ton for a work truck.
     

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