I’m in Mississippi. Rust isn’t really an issue.
I believe the guy could’ve sold the Toyota if he’d spruced it up a bit. I didn’t think it had cupholders until I cleaned it. They were level full of cigar ashes and change and sort of blended in with the rest of the interior. And you know that greasy, oily, caked on dirt that you see on cloth door panels or armrests on dirty work trucks? The entire seat looked like that lol. My wife was afraid she’d catch something riding in it until I cleaned it.
I got rear ended at a stoplight in it and began to worry about safety since my two kids rode with me from time to time. So I traded it for an extended cab 1995 z71. It was pretty ugly too. It was white, and was one of the ones that had issues with paint flaking off and leaving gray spots. It sort of looked like a big, loud Dalmatian with oversized mud tires. I put around $600 into the z71. I had put around $300 into the Tacoma, plus $300 when I bought it. So all in, I had around $1200 invested. I sold the z71 for $2900. Should’ve kept it, I guess. But the profit was too tempting at the time. Sadly that $1700 isn’t a lot towards a newer one.
But yes, I guess I’m still leaning towards Ford in the newer 1/2 tons. I’ve sort of started looking around for a 2013-2014, thinking the last of the older body styles might be a good bit cheaper. Has been hard to find a locally owned one with low (less than 50k) miles.