I took Older Daughter shopping for a used pickup again, yesterday. We visited most of the non-dealer lots in town (and there are quite a few), hoping for better prices.
After visiting many, and exiting the same, it has confirmed what I'd noticed before: 4x4 pickups cost more than SUVs of the same year, make & model. This is not logical.
On the other hand, whoever said that car prices are logical?
I suppose it's a response to market forces, insofar as gummint regulations allow any segment of the market to drive itself (no puns intended).
For example: at one place we saw a 2004 Ford Ranger XLT 4x4, with over 91,000 miles, for which they were asking $11K. Next to it was a 2010 Ford Ranger XLT 2wd, marked $10K.
This being Alaska, I can understand why 4WDs are in greater demand, but still ... the price differential is jaw-dropping.
We saw this repeated time and again, everywhere we went. But you remember the old phrase, "Cash is king?"
We found an older model with low mileage, marked $8275, then marked down to $7850. Daughter offered them $6000 cash & they took it without haggling.
Blue Book price for that model is less than $5K, but given the market here, she did good. And it's exactly what she wanted.
The whole pricing structure sticks in my craw a bit, but whatcha gonna do?