For awhile, I contemplated on a second vehicle; a truck for more utility and because truck.
A while back, I drove a Nissan 1985 pickup and a 1993 Toyota SR5 pickup. They were a blast – both were reliable junker trucks that took a beating and I wasn’t self conscious about the worn dull, rusty paint. However, I only had access to the trucks – not own.
I got fed up planning cutting templates of plywood for Home Depot to follow so it would fit in my coupe, and/or renting their trucks. So I found several certified used trucks locally, but before I poked around at dealerships, I did my homework. Not so much on the truck, but how to go toe-to-toe with the salesman. The following are YouTube videos I found particularly helpful.
Four part series, Insider’s Guide to Buying a New Car.
Though the process took me a few weeks to look around, and several hours at the dealer, I did save thousands - below KBB private party rated at “Excellent Condition.” Mindset and knowledge go a long way. My favorite quote from the Toyota dealership:
Sales Guy: Look. This is a negotiation. How about we compromise on the price. What you’re asking is too low.
Me: Compromise? That’s what got this country in trouble in the first place.
I got what I wanted, at the price I wanted. Certified Used Toyota Tacoma Access 4×4 V6 SR5. Barcelona Red. I will be looking at a new set of tires shortly. The Dunlop set will do just fine for now.