Posted by: TerraSaver | November 22, 2015

COUNTRY PROPERTY AND PICKUPS

1950 Ford

1950 Ford

1962 Ford

1962 Ford

In our experience, more than half the buyers of country property used as full time or part time residences end up acquiring a pickup truck.  The type usually depends on the planned use – and in some cases that is as much for fun as it is for utility. Planned uses and the nature of the property will determine some major items like the need for 4 wheel drive.  Budget and comfort needs are also key factors.  Older pickups without power steering are certainly different to drive from today’s vehicles which can have features similar to a luxury sedan.  Pickups from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s may be used as everyday ‘drivers’ but they are typically more valuable than a pickup from the 80’s and 90’s and in many cases have smaller beds that mean a limitation on uses.

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1997 GMC 4×4

We have had many pickups for our own properties and we usually get 4 wheel drives in the range of $2,000 to $2,500 with perhaps a few minor dents and usually an additional $500 to $1,000 to be put in. Last year we acquired a 1997 GMC 4 x 4 with 120,000 miles for $1,800 and put $1,000 into new door locks, tires, etc.  While a large vehicle it is a pleasure to drive with air conditioning, good sound system.  The ability to haul 4’x8′ panels and make significant dump runs makes it worth every dollar.  You won’t be getting second glances though.

Green pickupMany clients with the budget seem to focus on pickups from the late 1940’s and early 1950’s and are using them as much for advertising and fun and less for trips to the dump.  Not unusual to start with over $15,000 in a fine example and end up with $25,000 into the vehicle.

For older trucks you can get an ideal of pricing using Hemmings Motor News.  Craigs List is also great for a wide range of vehicles.

Be careful about using the truck to have staff ‘run into the hardware store’ without having made sure what your auto policy covers.

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