Whenever an older vehicle comes up for sale with super low miles claimed by its seller, potential buyers will quite reasonably demand proof that the miles claimed really are as low as the seller says they are. The fewer the miles, the better the proof should be, it would seem.
There have been any number of seemingly low mileage cars and trucks on Barn Finds that our sharp eyed readers have called out and even found evidence in photos that the sellers might not exactly be right about the miles they are stating for what they have for sale.
Of course, a truly low mileage vehicle creates a valuation conundrum. If you want to preserve the high value of a low mileage car or truck, you can’t drive it very much. Every mile you put on it will lower its value. And any car or truck that has been driven very little over a long period of time is going to have maintenance and mechanical issues, unless it was stored professionally and given proper care and maintenance over the years.
Sellers of these low mileage vehicles often don’t seem to understand this problem, and asking prices are often unrealistic in the extreme. Maybe these cars and trucks simply belong in museums where they can be preserved as examples of the eras in which they were built, no matter how common or mundane they were when they were new.
Therefore it seems that trucks like this 1993 Dodge Ram 150 are just too challenging for most of us to deal with. This is a specially ordered 3/4 ton club cab truck equipped with a V-8, and interestingly a 4 speed transmission, along with air conditioning, a tape deck, and manual windows. The seller points out that this was the last year for real vent windows for Dodge trucks too.
This Dodge is for sale on eBay, out of Hayden, Idaho. The seller, who says he is the original owner, ordered it new, drove it home, and for some reason, simply never used it, preferring to drive his “beater” trucks instead.
This truck has apparently traveled only 70 miles in 23 years! The seller says there is still factory plastic covering much of the interior. The seller also states that there is no rust anywhere on the truck. This truck really does look like it has been sitting for 23 years, undriven.
As pictured, the truck seems to be sinking into the ground, and you have to wonder how long it’s been outside and how was it stored all these years. And why didn’t the seller at least vacuum out the car and clean up the exterior a bit too before putting it up for sale? There are bits of old newspaper all over the interior, and one side of the truck has experienced some fading from being out in the sun. Has this truck been sitting outside, immobile for 23 years? The seller says it runs, but what else can it do?
Are those water droplets on the seat? Why? So many questions here. If I was a potential buyer for this truck, I’d be on my way to Idaho to see the truck and meet the owner in person. I’d just want to have a first hand opportunity to evaluate both the truck and its owner before putting down any money for this Dodge.
There just seems no way to properly value a truck like this. Value guides are useless, as this is just a used truck for them. But even just guessing at value, the asking price of $19,000 seems pretty high, so I suppose buyers will just have to make offers while this truck is up for sale. I am sure many Barn Finds readers will have opinions about this truck. What do you think it’s worth? And what do you think will happen to this low mileage unusually equipped pick up truck?