When I bought my Toyota Prius 3 years ago, it was a pretty simple task - I was buying new and paying cash, so all I needed to do was call all of the local dealerships and bid them against each other to a steal of a price.
Things are not going as well with the truck search I am currently on.
After figuring out the Ford truck's secret code of XL, XLT, SuperCab, Crew Cab, Extended Cab, Long Bed, 4x4.... I was finally on my way to searching for a trucks online.
Then I had a friend tell me that after 2003, the F-250 6.0L diesel engines weren't "as good" as the standard Ford 6.0L diesel until 2008.
Then, I had another friend tell me that diesels last much longer than gas engines.
Then I had a dealer tell me that the F-250 and F-350 are the same body size and really the only difference was a spring in the back that helps with really big trailers.
I had another friend tell me that a dually was useless, unless you are towing loose livestock - which I hope I won't be doing.
So... I think I have found a good truck and want everyone's opinion, because obviously if I thought for myself on this truck thing, I would be way behind what (I think) I know now.
Here are the details:
F-350 - I finally found a used one!
2008 - Great for the price and easier to finance?
3,500 miles - makes getting a gas engine a little more worth it, since similar diesel trucks have 40k+ miles?
5.4L V8 gas engine - not a diesel, but makes it in my price range and with only 3,500 miles it might not matter as much?
Bed liner, towing package, vinyl seats - all dirty, horseperson friendly :)
What are everyone's thoughts?
On a paranoid side note: If anyone googles this car and buys it before I can, I will find you!