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LanceRKeys

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Posted: 12/04/20 08:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How much would it cost to rent a truck for 10-15 days a year?

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Posted: 12/04/20 08:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LanceRKeys wrote:

How much would it cost to rent a truck for 10-15 days a year?

Good though.

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Posted: 12/04/20 09:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X2 on renting. The normal outfits don't allow towing, but Enterprise Trucks does, as well as United Rentals and other rental outfits. And if you do trips where you drive a few hours, park for a week, then go home, a regular U-haul would work too. The E450 units can tow up to 10,000.


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Posted: 12/04/20 09:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

9k for an HD truck 7 years newer and 70k less miles doesn't sound too bad.

Send them receipts for the tires and tranny, also anything you added like a bedliner, radio, hitch, steps bars or anything else. When my truck was totaled, insurance added a portion of the price I had paid for tires a few months before + all add ons.

If you do the buyback, find out what's required in your state to re-title. You may have to do some repairs to pass inspection and get it re-titled.


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Relative to your original question on the rebuild ... a well done rebuild by a qualified transmission mechanic should last and be durable. The valve body can be the most troublesome part of a rebuild ... you indicatd they installed a new valve body on the transmission ... so provided they flushed contamination out of the cooler, flushed or put a rebuilt converter in, cleaned the main barrel parts throughly, and installed a filter in the cooler line to catch any residual contamination you shouldn't stick any valves. It is probably worth looking at your invoice to see what was replaced beyond a standard rebuild kit (friction and seals).

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A pic or a description of the damage would help. Even without seeing it I'd lean towards taking the money and buying it back. There are wrecked trucks everywhere. There is nothing to replacing a bed or front sheet metal damage. The cab wouldn't be that bad even to include paying a shop.
You would have 12 grand to play with.


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AAMCO was your biggest mistake. Dump it


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A lot of input and some questions.

The buy back is 4850 . The body shop that gave the quote to geico already offered me 6k to keep it and sell it to them either way I am buying back. The decision is do I sell to the body shop.

The truck is older and is outside of the salvage inspection process for Massachusetts. So I send the title and they issue a new one as owner retained . When I sell it , the new title will be previously owner retained. . This can be even fully insured .

A lot of body scratches and a big dent on the side of the bed. 2 small dent on hood. I am very surprised that it was totaled .
If I keep it.
New bed cover , the expensive metal one is gone,
Mirrors as one side is broken as well go tow mirrors.
Remove the massive dent on side of the bed
Leave the hood dents as it’s small
Have a body shop touch up or just bed spray the damage .

Again , I can still tow and do everything once I replace the mirror for now.

As far as Aamco goes it was a local shop which became the franchise and owned by same women plus with 1.5 yr warranty I am covered .

I really want a side by side or spend that money on a alps motorcycle trip or something. I am going to save and buy a truck cash in a year.


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Look harder. You can probably find a better truck than what you had for that $17K. You must be will to travel to get it, if that's what it takes. I paid $8K for my Ford 7.3 diesel with 95K miles on it. It will last me until I die. The GREAT deals don't last. You have to be ready to pounce, with cash.

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Posted: 12/05/20 10:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Admittedly prices are up but bought a 2008 F250 3yrs ago for $10k, so even with a 50% Rona premium, you should be able to find a good tow vehicle with your $17k.

I would move up to a 3/4 ton truck. No it's not technically needed but if towing is the primary purpose for having the truck, there isn't the compromise of dealing with it as a daily driver (not that I think there is much difference but people will argue...)


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