Should You Buy a New or Used Truck?
By: Mark Lichtenstein
About This Quiz
It's time to retire your truck, but you still need a new one. With Autotrader and the like, you have a wealth of buying options. The question is: should you go new or used?
Do you have to keep up with the Joneses?
Are you transporting any live animals?
Do you want a good diesel vehicle?
I do like the sound of a gas V8...
Do you care about resale?
How long do you plan to keep the truck for?
Do you want people to be jealous?
Do you care about brand recognition?
I care about model recognition
I like a vehicle with extras that are recognized as valuable
I care about classic, tested tech
Do you care about the ongoing maintenance costs?
They are an opportunity to get under the hood and have some fun
Does it freak you out to imagine someone else’s DNA all over your car?
Do you care about the planet?
Do you love to spend a lot of money for no particular reason?
That's my favorite thing!
How much do you care about knowing your vehicle’s real history?
Do you want to lock in a great rate on your loan?
That'd be good for me and my credit score
Do you feel sad to imagine your truck’s value dropping by a third the moment you drive it off the lot?
Do you think certified pre-owned vehicles are really certified?
Do you live in the sort of area where your truck will definitely be stolen, meaning a new one is just an indulgence?
Do you worry about how a used truck spends more time in the shop?
Do you prioritize low APR and low maintenance, or lower depreciation?
Low APR and low maintenance
Low APR and low maintenance give me peace of mind
Lower depreciation is at least predictable
Do you like a classic truck?
What time of year do you plan to buy?
How important to you is mileage?
It's of paramount importance
Do you need that new-truck smell?
I prefer the smell of dog
I'm not a fan of that smell
Are you worried about registration fees?
At what mileage do you expect your truck to give up and die?
I'll squeeze 500,000 out of it
Do you like a truck to have a little patina?
Patina lowers resale value
Patina shows I do stuff with it
Do you like modern features like blind spot monitoring?
Do you find a sat-nav screen just plain annoying?
Yes, just give me an 8-track
The old ones were but the new ones are getting better
I prefer the one on my phone