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newer truck w high miles or older with low?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by jay albers, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178

    looking for a new used truck.

    seems like there are alot of newer ones out there 06-08 with some high miles(120000-150000.

    then i may see an older one with 70-90 thousand 01-04.

    which would you prefer?
  2. Nick's Lawn Care

    Nick's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Brand? Model? What are you looking to buy? Diesel?
  3. monoshock

    monoshock LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,323

    All depends on how it's been maintained.
  4. jay albers

    jay albers LawnSite Member
    Messages: 178


    I'm a chevy guy but i plan on plowing and from my research i think i may move over to ford.

    I would love a diesel and in that case i would proabably go dodge.

    but like i said, i'm having trouble deciding

    I could go with a diesel with like a 190 on it, which isnt alot on the engine but it is still alot on the aeltinater, belts, bearings etc.

    I'v got about ten grand to work with
  5. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    When I was searching for a truck, I was originally looking into high mileage diesel trucks. While 200k may not be much for the engine, its quite a lot for most other components on the truck (like you said). I looked into slightly older trucks (still newer than my '98 I was replacing) but I just found that most of those, even with lower miles, were either starting to rust or in need of plenty of parts to make them "perfect".

    If the truck is newer with high miles, that usually means that the truck was driven mainly highway. Highway driving is pretty easy on both the truck and engine. A 2008 truck with 110,000 miles is a better choice than a 1999 with 110,000, in my opinion. You don't drive 30k a year by going through the city. Highway driving doesn't wear out bearings nearly as quick, brakes and rotors as quickly, etc.

    Messages: 1,343

    Where are you located that would definitely come into play for us. We live in the northeast rust and rot belt. So older with less miles would not be as appetizing as newer with more miles sat least the body would be more solid! Good luck.
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  7. Dodge2

    Dodge2 LawnSite Member
    from ottawa
    Messages: 134

    Here's what I have learned. That you can get more use out of a new truck, then you can out of an old truck. For example, I can put 100 000 km in a three year period on a truck and have less problems than if I put the 100 00 km over a 10 year period even if it is treated the exact same way. Now there is a fine line with this, for example I would rather have a older truck with 100 000 km then a newer one with 400 000 km. So it best to find a balance on age and mileage which depends on what models you are looking at. And remeber that newer trucks usually have better fuel economy and comfort than older trucks.
  8. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,009

    I did the cash deal on my first truck and purchased a used 97' F250 7.3 with about 120K on it. I ended up spending $10,000 over the next 56K miles. The trans had to be rebuilt and then the crank bearings went and the whole engine had to be rebuilt. I wanted a used Dodge with a Cummins but at the time people just drove their Dodges until there was nothing left of them to sell. There was no used market for Cummins powered Rams at the time.

    For my second truck I purchased a new 06' Ram 2500 with a Cummins 5.9. I had great credit so I put nothing down on the truck. I was able to get 0% for 60 months. If you have cash just bank it and use it to make your truck payments for the next year and a half.

    My daily driver is a 09' Ram 3500 4x4 with a Cummins 6.7. On this one it was 0% for 72 months. I sold my 02' 2500 and just banked the $11,000 I sold it for. If you can get 0% interest (or close) it's smarter to put nothing down and use your cash for future truck payments or other interest bearing debts you have.

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