Truck buying advice

Truck buying advice

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fourspoons

Original Poster:

121 posts

119 months

Thursday 16th July
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Hi All,

British ex-pat here, moved to Ontario, Canada about 3 years ago. When I arrived I bought the same car I had in the UK, a BMW M235i to have primarily as a weekend car but I'm going to admit defeat and sell it because driving over here is really no fun at all and I barely use it. I have a giant VW Atlas for regular family duties and that has been great, but the lease is up soon and I'm ordering a Model Y to replace it.

I'm thinking that I should get a cheap used truck for doing stuff like hauling rubbish to the dump, shifting furniture around, hauling tons of soil and mulch from Home Depot etc etc, stuff that I do now in the Atlas that I probably won't want to do in the Tesla.

So my question is, given a budget of say $20k CAD, what truck should I get? Obviously a preference for something 'interesting' or unusual compared to the run of the mill F150/Ram 1500 that everyone seems to have.... Needs to seat 4, so a regular 2 seat cab is out but other than that, open to anything really. 4x4 preferred for the Canadian winters.

The prices of used trucks seem crazy, they hardly depreciate at all it seems. I originally had thoughts about getting an older Raptor or an SRT10 or something cool but they still go for crazy money!

Appreciate any thoughts from truck experts!

blackrabbit

382 posts

5 months

Friday 17th July
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If you can swing decent finance a used Raptor is a great truck to buy but will probably cost you 40k plus for a 2014 up. I can see the V8's appreciating over the years as everyone loves them and Hennessy are putting V8's in the new models and charing close to 150k!. I am thinking of getting a new standard one if I can get at list, in the US at least you can also fully depreciate the cost if you have self employed income.

Otherwise its hard to find something decent that you can use for a day to day driver at your price point that won't have high miles. Trucks just don't depreciate much if at all. You can get an old 70s/80's150 4x4 or similar and it won't drop at all in value but it will be rough to use day to day dependent on your commute. If you just need it as a second car that may be a good idea.

Also check out "bring a trailer" as they are often some very interesting trucks on there.

fourspoons

Original Poster:

121 posts

119 months

Friday 17th July
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Cool thanks. Yeah, I'd love a Raptor but the costs seem crazy for even an older high miler and given I'm just using it for yard work and garbage hauling, it seems like a waste!

Maybe I'll have to expand my budget expectations to get something decent.....

The Moose

20,424 posts

169 months

Tuesday 21st July
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Check out the Tundras.

Rich_AR

1,535 posts

164 months

Tuesday 21st July
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The Moose said:
Check out the Tundras.
This.

5.7L V8 and not a bad looking truck. But you won't get the newer shape for $20k

The Moose

20,424 posts

169 months

Thursday 23rd July
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Rich_AR said:
The Moose said:
Check out the Tundras.
This.

5.7L V8 and not a bad looking truck. But you won't get the newer shape for $20k
Agreed...on both fronts! Earlier this week I bought a 2015 Platinum CrewMax for $29k (USD not CAD).

Loving the truck - already spent a grand on 'stuff' and now contemplating an airbag kit etc etc etc. This might get spendy!