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Old November 8th, 2012, 07:27 PM
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I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around a value of a 90. I understand that with any collector car there is a emotional part that makes some pay more or less, but I have been watching prices for a while now and they are all over the place. One thing I find interesting though is on ebay, trucks seem to bid up to value then stop. It's almost like the bid value stops around what most people, not letting emotions get in the way, would pay. For instance, #118 1997 Wagon just ended, bid up to $35k, seller wanted $51k. This was a very very clean truck, 1 owner, 66k miles. $35k seems like a good deal on this one, but is that not low? Then you have a 1995 Wagon on ebay for $29k with double the miles, and no where as clean.
It's beginning to look like I am going to need a D-90 expert to consult me on what one may be worth when I track down the one I want down.

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Old November 8th, 2012, 07:35 PM
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It is worth what you are willing to pay. Most 90's are in the 25k - 35k range. There are exceptions on both sides, deepening on condition, mileage and add ons or the lack of add-ons. Rust and maintenance.

Buy the best truck you can afford. Treat it as a business deal, until you are driving it home.


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Old November 8th, 2012, 08:57 PM
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I wouldn't spend too much time looking for logic in ebay pricing. The only prices that count are the ones that result in actual sales, so unreasonable reserves and starting prices shouldn't factor into the equation. If you see a truck you like that's overpriced, make an offer. The worst the seller can say is "no". In general I agree with Scott that 25k-35k is a good range.

If you're looking for the best deal, it helps to be open to different colors/years and to have a long timeline. There aren't a ton of 90s out there, so when you're looking for something very specific and/or need to buy immediately, you'll probably pay a premium.

Just a few more thoughts since I went through this same process a year ago:

Buy a truck that fits your needs as closely as possible. If you're going to make mods (e.g., lockers, lift), buy one already done. Similarly, if you want a truck in premium condition, buy it that way. You'll pay more later making mods and fixing-up a truck than you'll pay buying it the way you want up-front.

Within reason, mileage doesn't mean much. I've seen trucks with 40k miles that looked terrible and ones with 90k that were pristine. Condition is more important than mileage. Look for rust in the usual places (e.g., frame, door bottoms) and make sure there are good maintenance records.

Post information here about trucks you're thinking of buying before pulling the trigger. You'll get a lot of good advice, and you'd be a amazed what people can tell from a few good pictures. With that said, do you own diligence first. Run an autocheck/carfax and make sure you ask for lots of pictures if you're buying an out-of-state truck.

Hope this helps.
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