Why do you think this truck won't sell?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by DSLND, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    Well, even though i don't get my drivers license until February 2009, i still watch the classifieds like a maniac. In November, i first noticed this truck, and about every month after that, they would put a different picture up. I've seen just about every angle of the truck and the only thing i've noticed is small rust issues around the rear wheels (seen in other picture). This truck is the style i want to purchase, and if it were closer to me, i would def. be looking at it right about now. They've had it listed at $4,495 since i first noticed it, and the only thing they don't mention is miles, which i assume are abut 100k. Heres the description from the ad:

    "1989 CHEVY 2500 4X4, 350 V8, AT, W/WESTERN PLOW. $4,495"

    The price has always been at $4,495 and i don't think its worth more than $4k, from an exterior view.

    Heres the picture:


  2. salopez

    salopez LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 271

    it may seem odd...but is the driver's window there?
  3. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    call and get the miles on the truck, let us know. i would not pay more than 3 grand for that truck its old and will start breaking as soon as you start driving it the trans will go $2500 fuel pump $500 wheel hubs $300 calipers $300 pads $ 50 bolts break of in the head so the exhaust manifold is loose $900 exhaust goes $400 front end alignment $50 new paint $600 new windshield by dot order $150 new tires $1200 master cylinder $300 new radiator $175 new battery $120 rear main seal $250 new axle shaft joint $57 get the point! these are the things i have replaced on my 1997 dodge 2500 in the last 6 months 180,000 miles my point is your not going to save money buying old crap its from 89 thats old things rust, wear out, dry up, you will have 10 grand in that truck by year 2 i guarantee it
  4. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    I think the driver's side window is just rolled down...but who knows!

    I don't plan on getting a truck thats older than a 93. But i am going to call tomorrow, check miles, see what the deal is on this thing.

  5. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,085

    It's an old & rusty plow truck. Expect the worst as far as salt damage goes.
  6. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

    Mitch, let me step in right now and stop you!!!!! That car dealership you are talking about is maybe 2 miles from my house. Everything they sell there is used and have been busted a few times for rolling back odometers, etc. They are not reliable at all and wouldnt buy a wheel barrow from them. I went and looked at this truck back in November before I got my Silverado, and wow!!! That bad boy is rusted alot more than you think. The frame is nice and rusty, bed floor has some issues, etc. Its not worth your time unless you could pick it up for 1500. PLEASE PLEASE Do not do it!!!! Im not trying to steer you away from it because I want it or anything, just trying to save someone a terrible headache. PM if you want more info. Tom
  7. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    Wow, sounds like its a POS! I wouldn't have gotten the truck, its just the body style i like, and i knew it was trouble when i saw it and especially when its been for sale since last year! -Mitch-
  8. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

    Very big POS!!! When I looked at it, and saw the price, I laughed my ass off and left. I just had to make sure you were not serious about the truck. I couldnt stand to see someone on here get stuck with a POS that I knew about. Tom
  9. IA_James

    IA_James LawnSite Silver Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 2,592

    If you want to buy a used truck that will be reliable for you, there is one, and only one, rule that you must ALWAYS obey.

    If it has had a plow on it, DO NOT BUY IT!!!!!!!!

    High miles are sometimes a big deal, sometimes not if owner has properly maintained and repaired/replaced stuff as it should be. A bad body can be wrapped around a good frame and drivetrain. A bad motor or transmission can be inside of a cherry body. Ugly paint is doable if you get a good deal, and you won't have to look at it anyway, you're inside. Torn up interior, get a seat cover from JC Whitney. But, never, never, never, ever, buy a used plow truck.
  10. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    I've heard that. Theres a good chance that my first truck may have been truck in another landscape company, but it will be a starter truck, don't plan on keeping it more than four to five years. -Mitch-

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