I finally landed my new (to me) Toyota Tacoma, but the search for these non-depreciating workhorses was painful. Literally, my eyes were burning some nights looking at ads and emails trying to find the right truck at the right price.

When I decided to buy a used Tacoma instead of new, I had no idea how well they held their value. I was looking at 6 year old trucks with over 110,000 miles go for more than $20,000. And if you want 4×4… expect to pay thousands more. I didn’t want to spend more than $20k so my options were pretty limited. It took awhile to realize I had to change my game plan. When you finally accept that Toyota Tacoma (and other foreign trucks) have a high resale value, things become easier. So accept it.

I opted for an older truck that was well maintained, clean, and had low miles. It’s a 2006 Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport, Double Cab Long Bed. That’s TRDSDCLB for the forum junkies like myself. With only 69,000 miles and great condition the KBB value was at just over $17,200. I ended up paying a bit under $17k and I’m happy with the purchase. Not to mention relieved that I finally found a vehicle for our camping and beach trips, and times when I need to haul something. I saw about 4 trucks besides this one and contacted at least 20 sellers. It was hell.

Just be patient and don’t settle… I almost did and I would have regretted my decision. My search included Craigslist, Tacoma World forums, and Autotrader. Also be ready with a decent cash deposit when you go see a truck. These things go fast, especially in Southern California. There was another guy literally begging my seller to let him see it and make a bigger offer just a few minutes after I handed over my deposit. Don’t lose out on a good deal and be prepared. If you aren’t sure on the condition take it to a mechanic. The Automobile Club (AAA) has a used car buying service where you can get at a list of local mechanics that have partnered with them and get the car/truck inspected for free — before purchase. Good deal.

Now to figure out how to control my spending on truck mods and add-ons. I’m looking forward to reviewing some Tacoma truck accessories and mods that I’ve done for my rig. Let me know how your Tacoma shopping experience goes. Happy shopping and good luck!