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should I buy this B2300?

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I looked at a 2002 Mazda B2300.
-regular cab with 111,000 miles
-5-speed
-4 cyl, 2.3L.
The seller is trying to flip trucks and said this was his first one. Answered all my questions and seemed nice.
Asking price: $6,000

THE BAD
-It looked like it was a work truck at one point: it had holes in the bed rails that looked like there was a bed frame attached, and there were dents and peeling paint on the back of the cab where the third brake light is, as if stuff was leaned there. The bed liner was pretty beat up.
-The seals on top of the doors at the bottom of the windows were either gone or worn out, and the metal on the passenger side one was dented. Looked like it's been pried off, then hammered back on.
-The door handle on the outside was missing. The door opened fine from the inside.
-There was some tin foil on what I'm assuming is the AC unit. It was the component up by the passenger side against the fire wall. It had tin foil on one side. I couldn't tell if it was OEM. Is this normal? The AC seemed to work ok.

THE GOOD
-The cloth seats (60/40 bench) looked decent, as did the headliner. The floor was plastic, which is fine with me (easier to clean).
-It has a new radiator, fan and thermostat (the seller called it a thermometer) and either an aftermarket muffler or one with a hole, since it made a "buzzing" noise when I drove it.
-It drove and shifted fine. Clutch felt tight enough, and the shifter was only a little loose, but this is only the 2nd one I've driven.
-The undercarriage looked ok.
-Brake fluid was a bit dirty
-Oil looked ok

MY THOUGHTS
I think $6000 is way too high. Blue book is $2600-$4400 in fair condition and $2800-$4800 in good condition. Is the used truck market is SoCal so hot now that $6,000 is justified? This is the 2nd seller that told me he flips Rangers. I see these trucks all over, so I figured they were cheap and that parts were readily available, but are they getting, or do they have, some sort of cache now?

I was looking at a 2001 Ford Ranger with a 3.0L V-6, 5-speed manual with 131,000 miles that sold for $6500 ($7500 asking) that was nicer cosmetically than this one. High blue book in excellent shape is $6200.

Thanks!
 


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$2500 seller is a jackass thinking he can get $6k for a beat up work truck.
Don't buy from flippers. The buy stuff at prices you should be buying and then do some "fixes" and try to sell it for at least double what they paid.
 

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Yup, so way to high. That's a 1k-2k , maybe, truck
 

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Hard pass, new thermometer or no. :mad:

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$2500 seller is a jackass thinking he can get $6k for a beat up work truck.
Don't buy from flippers. The buy stuff at prices you should be buying and then do some "fixes" and try to sell it for at least double what they paid.
I should find where these flippers buy trucks and go there. I think they have friends and neighbors that do the mechanical work for them, so they get it cheap. I'd like to tell them to detail the engine, wash the truck and get all their personal junk out of the way before I come look at it. This particular one is being used by the seller's dad as a daily driver, and all his crap was behind the seat. I went to move it back (I'm 6'-2") and ran into a bunch of shoes and other stuff.
 

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Yes sir. There is a guy selling two mid 90s rangers for 1k here, and both run fine. You just have to have luck on your side and keep your eyes open
 

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I should find where these flippers buy trucks and go there. I think they have friends and neighbors that do the mechanical work for them, so they get it cheap.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled, look outside of your general area, tell your friends and family that you're looking for one. You do the mechanical work, that keeps the cost way down.

I'd like to tell them to detail the engine, wash the truck and get all their personal junk out of the way before I come look at it. This particular one is being used by the seller's dad as a daily driver, and all his crap was behind the seat. I went to move it back (I'm 6'-2") and ran into a bunch of shoes and other stuff.
Good luck with that....
New to buying used vehicles?
 

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Keep your eyes and ears peeled, look outside of your general area, tell your friends and family that you're looking for one. You do the mechanical work, that keeps the cost way down.

Good luck with that....
New to buying used vehicles?
Ha! :) No, but it just seems that people could be a little more deliberate about keeping a vehicle they are trying to sell neat and clean. I wanted to tell the guy to have his dad keep his crap in a duffle bag. There was a circular saw blade that could have ripped the seat!
 

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Seems like the going asking price here in Southern California is around $5,000 or so and up. I've seen a few for less; around $4,000. The cheaper ones were work trucks. I've widened my search to see if I can find what the flippers are buying.
Thanks for all the comments and help, I really appreciate it!
 

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Ha! :) No, but it just seems that people could be a little more deliberate about keeping a vehicle they are trying to sell neat and clean. I wanted to tell the guy to have his dad keep his crap in a duffle bag. There was a circular saw blade that could have ripped the seat!
The only time I've bought a vehicle that I didn't need to clean as soon as I got home was from a senior or from a car person
 

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Offer $1500
wait a while until more new cars out there then there will be more used
we hope
look for cab plus you will thank yourself
 

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