Buying a truck

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by jdutcher003, Jan 5, 2010.

  1. jdutcher003

    jdutcher003 LawnSite Member
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    What is the most amount of miles you would buy a truck with? Also what kind of truck would it be? Nothing smaller than something like a silverado 1500 or ford f-150

    Any input is appreciated.
     
  2. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Posts: 1,412

    depends gas of diesel r u good with tools and easy fixes or like me and dont want to know about anything mechanical
    need a budget what r u using it for stick/auto and being from ny look south for a truck
     
  3. meicher806

    meicher806 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would agree, it depends on how handy you are and what the truck its self looks like mechanicaly. I have a 92 k1500 picked her up for 1500 w/ plow, ran it for 2 years had to do brakes, radiator, starter, alternator, the 3rd year we did a transmission @210K, then we havent done anything except for oil changes till this fall when we did ball joints and front brakes again... if there wasnt a plow on prolly woudnt have had to do the ball joints. there are good used trucks out there, look for the ones that the little old man went out paid cash for and used it to run the wife around and maybe haul something to the dump every now and again.
     
  4. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I prefer the chevrolet 2500 "classis" body style. Mine is an 05 2500 extended cab 4x4 with the 6.0 litre v8. Would like a diesel but way to pricey for me. Took the difference in money from the gas to the diesel and bought the family a 2008 Keystone Outback travel trailer.
     
  5. jdutcher003

    jdutcher003 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 181

    I am looking for gas. I am not looking to spend a lot of money. My budget is probably $8000. As for fixing the truck, thats what I have my grandpa for. He is the one who loves to help with that. So we can do the mechanical parts, but not the body work
     
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'd go no more than 150,000 miles when buying a truck. there are some good deals out there now. Trucks that are 2000 and newer seem to be a little better built to handle high miles without a lot of major work to the motor or tranny, as long as they were taken care of.

    My S-10 had 117,000 on it when I got it and it's closing in on 200,000. Yes there are things wrong with it, but nothing major, and I can fix anything on it to save me money. Otherwise it's a great truck, and one of the most dependable vehicles I've ever driven, and the V-6 is highly dependable.

    My 87 F-350 has over 170,000 miles, but, it's a workhorse and I've practically re-built the thing. But, I only spent 3000, figured I bought a mason dump and a plow and got a free truck. So it's gotten more use than I intended.
     
  7. KeystoneLawn&Landscaping

    KeystoneLawn&Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have a 99 Silverado with 146K on it. I average about $1500.00 dollars a year in maintenance, including new tires every 2 years. I use a local business to do all the work. I trust this garage to fix anything they see wrong when the truck is in for any repair. I paid cash for the truck 5 years ago, 9500 with a plow, and it had 86k on it. IMO, 1500 a year to keep it running reliably is better than any payment book!!
     

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