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Teenager's First Truck . .. Work/Personal

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by no1knosme12203, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. no1knosme12203

    no1knosme12203 LawnSite Member
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    This is my first post even though I have been lurking the forums for a few days now. I have been cutting neighbors grass ( about 4 weekly and bi-weekly ) for a few years and now I am interested in turning it into a part time business. Tommorow I am going look at my first vehicle ( which I am paying for . . . parents are financing it but im paying the note and insurance and gas for it)! I am looking at the 2006 Chevy Silverado 1500 Reg. Cab Work Truck 2wd! I am in new orleans, so I am not going to be going up hills or using a snow plow so I figure looking at the small V8 ( 4.8 liter ) with around 285 hp! They claim it can pull 6700 lbs. I am going to need it to pull the family future boat ( 1880 Baystealth only about 3500lbs) and I plan to purchase a 6 X 12 trailer in the future.Do you all think this truck will serve as a good work and personal truck for a teenager?

  2. gravtyklz

    gravtyklz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

    I've seen 2wd trucks get stuck loading/unloading at boat docks...thats something to think about...
  3. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    Welcome and congratulations on starting your own business.

    As far as the truck, given your age, your workload, and I'm guessing your income is not too high assuming that you are still in school, I presonally would not consider that new of a truck. You insurance would be pretty steep on a 2006 considering you are a teenager, or at least in Michigan it would be. IMHO you are on track with looking for a 2wd, I would just try to find something a few years older and much cheaper.

    Best of luck.
  4. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,149

    This is a good point, but with only a 3500lb boat I don't think it would be a problem but it does depend some on the boat lauch too.
  5. no1knosme12203

    no1knosme12203 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    Out here, I haven't seen to many trucks get stuck at the launches! Do you all think that $15800 is a decent price? I am really trying to get it down about $1000 off of that but I'm not sure if I can. I was going to go with a used extended cab ( 2001 ) but I will be getting a new truck that I will know is well taken care of and wasn't beat up and I am not paying much more.This truck is right at the budget line for me ( I wanted an extended cab but o well lol maybe in a few years)! Whats the average weight of a 6 X 12 trailer loaded? I don't plan on loading it for probably a year or so but when I do, it will consist of a 36" WB,21" Push,Back Pack Blower,Weed Eater, Edger, Shovels,Brooms,Garbage Can, and some other things that I cant think of off the top of my head ( all the equipment will hopefully be commercial if I can afford it in the next year or so )!If I am asking questions already answered, I apologize! I need to search some stuff! Also, Insurance is almost the same for this 2006 Silverado and a 2001 Silverado ( both EXTREMELY steep, but I want to do this compared to working a regular job since it pays well and because I have enjoyed it since I was 2 ft high lol!

  6. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    I do not think any new vehicle is a good vehicle for a first vehicle.Get a used truck one you are able to pay for without going into debt for the rest of your life.
    you can get a good used truck for 4 or 5 thousand dollars.That should give you breathing room for new equipment you will need and other such business expense..a lot of breathing room
  7. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,278

    I would say it's the perfect truck if you can afford it. when I was younger I would not be allowed to buy a new truck, even though I could probably afford it.

    You'll be fine with the 2wd, it's not like your gonna be pulling a 25 Ft Grady White out of the water. And even if you were you could just wait til the tide comes in to load the boat. That truck will serve you well. Personally I'd be looking for an old chevy to fix up real nice, and a nice car as a "social vehical" for high school. you could get both of those for 5-$6000. then when you graduate you could just buy a nice 2500 or something. WhenI was in H.S i always had a car and my old Dually.
  8. gravtyklz

    gravtyklz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 96

    Im gonna confirm the buying a used vehicle.

    I bought a new truck a year ago. The value of new vehicles drop dramatically until they're 5 years or older sometimes. So if you get in a bind, or want to save money....it may be 2 or 3 years of paying on it until you can get rid of it.

    Ofcourse looking at the truck now im sure you could never imagine parting with it....but things like that surely change.

    I've always known people to regret getting 2wd trucks. I did when I had one once. If you know for a fact that you'll never need it then thats not an issue though.
  9. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,646

    Off the lot new is stupid. I leased my 2004.5 Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel 4x4 with 6000 miles on it. If I bought it it would have been $33,100. Brand new that was a $47,000 truck. If you want to get a new truck, get a almost new. You'll save the money that you lose once you drive it off the lot. I don't think us young guys can't have nice trucks, just don't over extend yourself and live beyond your means. If you can afford it, go for it. Now is the time in your life when you can afford to do it, not after you get a house, family, and kids with all of the expenses that come with that. Look on autotrader.com. I've bought all 3 vehicles I've ever bought from there and have gotten awesome deals. You could find more what you're looking for, extended cab or possibly 4x4.
  10. trent515

    trent515 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    I think $15800 is quite high for a Silverado 1500 Reg Cab 2WD, especially if it is a fairly no-frills, 5-speed, short bed. Around here, you can get the same truck for $12500-$13k most of the time. I know I would be looking hard at used trucks, something a little more affordable. With a little searching, you can find you a good truck that hasn't been used or abused much. If you're still dead set against that, you might browse the lots this time of year for a held-over 05 model. They no doubt want to get rid of these, and will deal a LOT more on these than a new 06.
    You mentioned trying to afford commercial equipment. In my opinion, save a few bucks on a used truck, and get GOOD equipment, rather than having a NEW ride and junk that breaks every year. You'll be far better off in the long run.

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