My wife and I are toying with the idea of getting a pickup truck in a crew cab configuration as our fun vehicle. It can tow our boat, and we can load it up with mt bikes, surf boards, etc., in the back for adventures. We need 4WD because the boat ramps are often slimy at the bottom during low tide. Having the front wheels pull can make all the difference when it comes time to pull boat and trailer back out of the water. So I've been looking at the new Ford Ranger, as well as Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado. Has to be the Tacoma or Ranger because my wife thinks the Colorado is ugly. If I spec one out brand new they come out to somewhere around $38k to $40k give or take. And that, my friends, is a lot of Telecasters!! I hate the idea of spending this much money on ANY car. So then I start looking at used ones. There aren't any used Rangers since they just came out again in 2019. So I peruse ads for F150s, Tacomas, Silverados. Typically a truck that goes for $40k new still goes for $22 to $26k or more even when it is 4 years old and has over 90k miles on it. I find this a bit shocking. In contrast, if you buy a used, cream puff Mercedes with maybe 80k miles on it you will pay less than half of sticker price. You get a car with only maybe 1/4 of its life spent at less than half the original price. With trucks it seems to be the opposite-- you get a vehicle with perhaps half of its life spent and yet you're only getting maybe 1/3 to 1/4 off the price. Tacomas are the worst-- resale value is so high that given lower interest rates on new cars you might as well buy a new one. So what's up with that? Why are used pickup trucks so dang expensive?