Should You Buy a New or Used Truck?

By: Mark Lichtenstein
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
Should You Buy a New or Used Truck?
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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?
Yes
No
A bit
Not even a bit

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Are you transporting any live animals?
No
Yes
My dog maybe
A horse sometimes

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Do you want a good diesel vehicle?
Yes
No
I do like that torque...
I do like the sound of a gas V8...

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Do you care about resale?
Yes
No
A bit
Not really

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How long do you plan to keep the truck for?
At least ten years
At least a year
At least seven years
At least three years

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Do you want people to be jealous?
Oh yeah
Oh no
That'd be nice
I don't care

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Do you care about brand recognition?
I care about model recognition
Yes
I like a vehicle with extras that are recognized as valuable
I care about classic, tested tech

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Do you care about the ongoing maintenance costs?
Yes
No
They are annoying...
They are an opportunity to get under the hood and have some fun

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Does it freak you out to imagine someone else’s DNA all over your car?
Yes
No
A bit
Not really

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Do you care about the planet?
Yes
No
A bit
Maybe a little

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Is everything vanity?
Yes
No
Not everything
Some things

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Do you love to spend a lot of money for no particular reason?
That's my favorite thing!
No
Sometimes I do
Never

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What’s your budget?
$80,000
$15,000
$50,000
$40,000

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How much do you care about knowing your vehicle’s real history?
I care a lot
I care little
I care a bit
I don't care much

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Do you want to lock in a great rate on your loan?
Yes!
No
That'd be good for me and my credit score
I don't really mind much

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Do you feel sad to imagine your truck’s value dropping by a third the moment you drive it off the lot?
No
Yes!
Not much
It does bother me a bit

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Do you think certified pre-owned vehicles are really certified?
Of course
I don't trust it
Most of the time
I don't know...

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Do you live in the sort of area where your truck will definitely be stolen, meaning a new one is just an indulgence?
No
Yes
Probably not
Probably

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Do you worry about how a used truck spends more time in the shop?
Yes!
No, I'm Mr. Fix It
It does niggle me
It doesn't bother me

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Do you prioritize low APR and low maintenance, or lower depreciation?
Low APR and low maintenance
Low depreciation
Low APR and low maintenance give me peace of mind
Lower depreciation is at least predictable

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Do you like a classic truck?
No
If it's running
If it has the new toys
If it's not in bad shape

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What time of year do you plan to buy?
January
December
March
September

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How important to you is mileage?
It's of paramount importance
It's not important to me
It's somewhat important
It's not a big deal

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Do you need that new-truck smell?
I love that smell!
I prefer the smell of dog
I prefer no smell at all
I'm not a fan of that smell

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Are you worried about registration fees?
No
Yes
Probably not
Probably

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At what mileage do you expect your truck to give up and die?
100,000
I'll squeeze 500,000 out of it
150,000?
Probably around 300,000

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Do you like a truck to have a little patina?
No
Patina is character
Patina lowers resale value
Patina shows I do stuff with it

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Are you a good driver?
Yes
No
I'm pretty good
I'm not experienced

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Do you like modern features like blind spot monitoring?
I crave those
No
If they are handy
I'm not a huge fan

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Do you find a sat-nav screen just plain annoying?
No! It's so useful.
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

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