Used Toyota Trucks
It’s no secret that the latest trucks are some of the most advanced beasts in the auto market; however, you can buy trucks just a few years old that will provide you with similar capabilities at a much lower price. Toyota, for example, has a highly reputable pair of trucks, the Tacoma and Tundra, but new models can often be too expensive for the average Joe to justify buying. Lucky for those average Joes and Janes, used Tacomas and Tundras have proven to be reliable, efficient, and cost-effective as well as capable, rugged, and good-looking.
Price of New vs. Used
Trucks have become more expensive because manufacturers are adding features that today’s buyers demand. The higher trim levels especially are decked out with the latest in technology, comfort, and convenience. You can still get your hands on a truck with similar specs if you look back a few model years, and you’ll save thousands.
Take the midsized Tacoma, for example. A TRD Off-Road trim with the Double Cab and 6-foot bed has a starting MSRP of $38,145 this year, but you can find one from 2016 with a price tag around $28,000 with mileage around 40,000 – and that pre-owned truck may have more options than the new one. Since Toyotas are known for their great longevity, that represents a truck that’s barely broken in and has many years ahead of it. In the same way, the heavy-duty 2019 Tundra Limited with a CrewMax cab starts at $47,700, but you can get the same truck from 2016 for $12,000 to $18,000 less, again with mileage below 40,000.
Towing and Off-Road Difference
Sometimes a new generation of a truck model can tow more than previous editions could because the manufacturer has improved that aspect. That said, the Tundra may surprise you. A brand-new Tundra has a maximum towing capacity around 10,000 pounds, which is the same as the 2018 and 2017 model years. Even with the trail-oriented Tacoma, a 2018 or 2017 model will still have plenty of off-roading aids for drivers to enjoy, such as upgraded suspension components, traction control settings, and knobby tires.
Certified Pre-Owned Program
Confidence is the key when you’re buying secondhand: you want to know that the vehicle will last you. To help out with this, there’s Toyota’s Certified Pre-Owned Program. In order for a Tacoma or Tundra to earn this certification, it needs to have less than 85,000 miles on the odometer and can be no more than six years old. If these requirements are met, the vehicle will undergo a comprehensive 160-point inspection that examines its mechanical and body components to make sure they’re in good working condition. If anything needs attention, the factory-trained service technicians will use only genuine Toyota parts in the reconditioning. On top of this, the buyer will be given a CARFAX vehicle history report containing all reported incidents in the truck’s past. Each CPO truck is covered by a 7-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive warranty, and 24-hour roadside assistance for one year.