Pickup trucks are among the most sought-after vehicles in the U.S. For contractors and off-roaders alike, they’re capable of doing things that no other type of vehicle can – although some people like them simply for their style. Brand-new pickups can be mighty expensive, though, since most are not the bare-bones workhorses of the past. These days, the luxury elements have been turned all the way up, and so have the prices. If you want the bells and whistles but you’re on a budget, your best bet is to consider a used Nissan truck. Because new vehicles depreciate somewhat sharply within the first year of ownership, their resale value naturally goes down. And since Nissan’s trucks are already among the most affordable on the market, the gently used market makes a pickup purchase especially accessible for drivers who are watching their pennies.
Pricing New vs. Used
As you may know, Nissan’s truck selection includes the Frontier, Titan, and Titan XD. If you check the preowned inventory, you can find one of these models from just a few years back with much of the same equipment and capabilities at a price that’s much more in reach. For example, let’s compare a Frontier SV V6 from 2019 to one from 2017. The 2019 SV V6 has a starting MSRP of $25,920, while one from 2017 can be found priced around $20,000 with low mileage (under 25,000 miles). If you need a full-sized truck for business, then the Titan may be better suited to those needs. A 2019 S trim has a starting price of $30,690, but a 2017 can be found around $21,000 with somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 miles. If your work needs are more rigorous, the Titan XD is your most robust option. While a 2019 S trim starts at $32,990, a 2018 can be found for at least $5,000 less with just a year or two worth of miles on it.
Nissan’s Certified Pre-Owned Program
For the ultimate used-truck purchase experience, consider shopping for one that’s gone through the certified pre-owned (CPO) process. CPO vehicles are held to the highest standards and then they receive additional warranty coverage. In order to qualify, a car must be less than six years old, have less than 80,000 miles on the odometer, have a clean title, and pass a comprehensive 167-point inspection. If anything is found that needs attention, Nissan-certified technicians will fix the problem using genuine Nissan parts. Once the truck meets these prerequisites, it can be registered as CPO.
Every CPO Nissan truck buyer will be provided with a 7-year/100,000-mile limited warranty, 24-hour emergency roadside assistance, car rental reimbursement and towing benefits for covered repairs, a free CARFAX vehicle history report, and a three-month trial subscription for SiriusXM satellite radio. For additional peace of mind with your purchase, you may add the optional Security+Plus Extended Protection Plan.