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buying a truck?

My husband wants to buy a used truck with our income tax money(down payment) He doesn't want to get one older than a 2000. He says the older they get the more problems they have. So here is my question. Would you rather buy a 1999 truck with 120,000 miles for 6,000 or a 2000 truck with 197,000 miles for 5,500. Nothing major wrong with either one. Am I the only crazy one that thinks one year won't make that big of a difference. Pay an extra 500 for 77,000 less miles? Also the '99 is from a dealer the 2000 is from an individual.


Asked by Anonymous at 4:03 PM on Jan. 27, 2011 in Money & Work

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Answers (3)
  • I would take them both to a mechanic and ask him his recommendations.

    Answer by kc932 at 4:29 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • It would depend a little bit on maintenance records. If you are comparing diesels or gas engines. I would have to say that with the info given I would lean towards the lower mileage truck. I would not buy a vehicle with that many miles on it though. You get more vehicle typically private party. What type of truck is he looking at and is there a big change that occurs between 1999 and 2000 in that make and model. Such as body style, engine or something along that lines?

    Answer by Melbornj at 4:37 PM on Jan. 27, 2011

  • If all else is equal(including maintence and care, like being parked in a garage to avoid rusting), the 1999 hands down.

    Answer by Candi1024 at 10:30 AM on Jan. 28, 2011