Should You Buy a New or Used Truck?

By: Mark Lichtenstein
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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?

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?

Do you care about the ongoing maintenance costs?

Does it freak you out to imagine someone else’s DNA all over your car?

Do you care about the planet?

Is everything vanity?

Do you love to spend a lot of money for no particular reason?

What’s your budget?

How much do you care about knowing your vehicle’s real history?

Do you want to lock in a great rate on your loan?

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?

Do you like a classic truck?

What time of year do you plan to buy?

How important to you is mileage?

Do you need that new-truck smell?

Are you worried about registration fees?

At what mileage do you expect your truck to give up and die?

Do you like a truck to have a little patina?

Are you a good driver?

Do you like modern features like blind spot monitoring?

Do you find a sat-nav screen just plain annoying?

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