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Havoner
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Used Trucks

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Hey Team,

Any advice on buying used pickups for around 20k-25k? Looking at something to haul the two toddlers and the wife in and also construction materials. Would like a 6 seater if possible.
Trader Joe
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Havoner wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:13 pm Hey Team,

Any advice on buying used pickups for around 20k-25k? Looking at something to haul the two toddlers and the wife in and also construction materials. Would like a 6 seater if possible.
No, your stated price range is way. way too much.

Take a look at craigslist.org.
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Trader Joe wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:48 pm
Havoner wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:13 pm Hey Team,

Any advice on buying used pickups for around 20k-25k? Looking at something to haul the two toddlers and the wife in and also construction materials. Would like a 6 seater if possible.
No, your stated price range is way. way too much.

Take a look at craigslist.org.
Whaaaat? I just looked at cars.com, and in Atlanta, 2 year old used Tundra's are in the $40-$50k price range. You may be able to squeeze into a 2017 for about $25k, stripped down, high mileage (>100k). There are 2011-2013's with low mileage selling for above $20k.

Used car prices are crazy right now (new car supply is short).
runner3081
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Your wish list includes a unicorn.

... or something pushing 175K to 200k miles.
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Havoner wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:13 pm Hey Team,

Any advice on buying used pickups for around 20k-25k? Looking at something to haul the two toddlers and the wife in and also construction materials. Would like a 6 seater if possible.
Odyssey or Sienna or Hybrid Pacifica :wink:
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Havoner wrote: Tue Jul 20, 2021 8:13 pm Hey Team,

Any advice on buying used pickups for around 20k-25k? Looking at something to haul the two toddlers and the wife in and also construction materials. Would like a 6 seater if possible.
Currently here in truck/farm country….

1 or 3/4 ton, 20 years old, under 200k miles
1/2 ton, 15 years old, under 175k miles

You actually be better off buying a single cab truck to haul with—and a family hauler separately. Probably both for under $30k

EVERYBODY seems to want what you want.

An 04-06 tundra 4x2 “access cab” with an 8 ft bed will last forever. Just saw one on CL for $12,000…120k miles.
bi0hazard
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You should be good with a Tundra with about 100k miles. I found dozens with quick autotrader search in my area just now. Horrible gas milage and questionable safety/crash worthiness, but I believe they’re generally more reliable than other trucks.
Millennial
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What kind of payload capacity do you need? If it's not too much, Ford Maverick may be a much better deal than what you'd find used in that price range.
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For 6 seats in a pickup, you need the front bench seat. That requirement will reduce the available options.

Do you need the long box or will the 5.5 or 6.5 box fit?

2015 was the first year of the aluminum F-150. I'd shoot for a 2015 SuperCrew with 80k miles to 90k miles and the box size you want. $25k likely won't keep you under 100k miles.

Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, cargurus.com (do a search within 25 or 50 miles and see what it out there.

All used car prices are jacked up right now. I'd probably look private party for someone trying to unload one for more than trade-in but willing to deal a bit.
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Mrvtmn
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My favorite F150 year is 2014 5.0 liter. It's the last year with a steel body and super dependable. I own (10) F150's for my business and the only problem I have seen on that year is water pump goes out at 175 to 200k miles. I usually trade in at 200 to 230k miles.
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Minivan + utility trailer
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Millennial wrote: Wed Jul 21, 2021 12:58 pm What kind of payload capacity do you need? If it's not too much, Ford Maverick may be a much better deal than what you'd find used in that price range.
I have a '19 Ranger CC with the 5' bed. It is great hauling luggage and misc. gear. I wouldn't consider it if I planned on hauling a lot of construction material. The bed is just too small. The bed in the new Maverick is even smaller. It's a small SUV with an open bed.
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