look at a 5 year old truck (that will do the job) with less than 75,000 miles. It should be well over 1/2 of the new price.
Or if you are good at knowing the condition of vehicles and are not looking for a dual purpose vehicle buy a 10 year old unit. I bought my full sized van when it was 7 years old and it had 113,000 miles. I paid $5,000. I did not have a lot of cash and wasn't going to finance it. I figured I was looking for something that would do the job and last at least 5 years until my financial situation changed. Well the rig worked so well I kept it for 10+ years so far.
Instead of costing me the planned $1000 a year, the initial cost has been $500 a year since I purchased it. I really only use it for towing and it has 154,000 miles now. So I have put 41,000 miles in 10 years. I have a planned replacement date of June 2009, because I have an expense that will stop then. My maintence costs may have been more that a new or 1 year old TV, however against the initial purchase price saved I can afford more maintence costs.
1966 Mercury Park Lane 4 DR Breezeway 410 4V, C-6, 2.80 - Streamless.
1966 Lincoln 4 door Convertible 462 4V 1971 Ford LTD Convertible 429 4V Phoenix ~ Yeah it's hot however it's a dry heat!