You’ll still want to have someone check it over for you but it does look like a decent truck. The bumper and possibly the fog light could be purchased from a salvage yard. You might find one in the same color already.
Look over the other obvious mistakes your blind love may have missed. Get it inspected, might need a whole lot of stuff that looks good for now, maintenance such as trans fluid, coolant, brakes tires etc. I could name more but I myself would need to know is it a family driver, up for long road trips, cannot say if you should buy it, but evaluate your needs and have money in the bank for repairs. Thinking the cosmetic worries would be the least of my concerns.
This truck in outstanding condition is worth about $2600 in Central MD for a private sale. Outstanding condition is a good place to start. Get the pre-purchase inspection and subtract the cost of everything it needs from $2600. That’s how much you should be willing to pay. The fog lamp and bumper are part of that deduction already. I would also include wear items like tires and brakes.
How would anyone be able to tell you if an old vehicle for 2000.00 with body damage be a good deal ?
It could run for a long time or just die a timely death on your way home.
A call to a body shop might get a ball park price for the repairs .
Have you not even seen this worn out vehicle in person?
The bumper cover and replacement fog light will most likely be the least expensive repair item on a 20 year old vehicle. Probably under $600.
At that age, mileage, unknown maintenance history, and unknown use consider:
Worn or nearly worn out
Radiator may be full of rust and scale.
This is not to dissuade you, but to remind you of the costs of buying/owning an old vehicle.
Personally, I would skip the repair of purely cosmetic items like the bumper cover with a vehicle that is this old. It would be prudent to save that money for the inevitable mechanical repairs that are going to crop-up.
The 5.9L is a robust engine and can easily take you above 400K miles. Mine is at 312K now. Don’t worry about the bumper or some minor cosmetic stuff. Spend to $125 and have a mechanic inspect it.
With 241K miles you are at a point where suspension parts want attention. be prepared to replace ball joints, shocks and other parts. IAC, water pump, power steering pump, and other sensors come to mind, but nothing super expensive. It helps if you can replace those parts yourself.
A few months ago a cop stopped me on the highway and told me to turn around and pickup my spare tire that was lying on the side of the road. The cable that held it in place underneath the car rusted through.
I like mine and will drive it until it it is dead… really dead.
That’s 149750 miles . . . I assume op specifically picked kilometers because he’s in Canada?
The price is low enough, and provided a mechanical inspection doesn’t uncover any immediate deal-breakers, such as an engine and/or transmission in horrible shape ready to die, or it’s structurally unsafe due to rust and/or accidents . . . the price is cheap enough that it might be okay to buy and drive for a few years
That said . . . with the vehicle being this old and obviously not worth a lot, op should be realistic about the truck. When it does need expensive repairs, he should think about if it’s worth fixing, keep driving the truck as is, or dump it
For example, if he buys it and the ac evaporator goes out next year, he could keep driving it. But it’s not worth it . . . in my opinion . . . to spend big bucks fixing ac on this old truck.
One of my daily drivers has a leaking evaporator. The car is absolutely driveable, the powertrain, suspension and steering are in great shape . . . because I’ve really kept it up over the years . . . but the ac’s not worth fixing, even with my free labor.
I see this Dodge Durango as a potential daily driver, maybe something to pull a smaller trailer, but not as an investment
I wouldn’t even lose any sleep over the bumper. For a truck this old, it goes with the territory. I wouldn’t spend one cent fixing it. As for the foglight, same thing, unless local safety inspections require all lights to be working. In that case, go cheap. Ebay, rockauto or junkyard
The Durango R/T is a rare find, I have driven several but I have not seen one in years. The Magnum engine has an increase in horsepower and torque over the standard 5.9 L engine. Leather interior, 17" wheels and 3.91 axle ratio are some of the standard features.
This could make for a interesting project vehicle and weekend driver, the type of vehicle to drive the automotive events.
However if you are concerned about having operating fog lights perhaps this project is not for you. 20 year old vehicles are going to need work, a fog light should be at the bottom of the repair list.
Dealer? The vehicle appears to be at a pawn shop, they don’t recondition vehicle before selling them, they are sold as-is and that explains the low price.