@Sierraowner5.3, if it were me and if the reasons you state are the ONLY reasons you are looking at a 2012 truck, I'd get a second, used, relatively fuel-efficient automobile. The concept is simple: Used costs less than new and is likely something you can buy outright or pay off very rapidly. In addition to having no interest or paying very little of it ... you will save money on fuel. You preserve your truck and in the event that something happens to one vehicle there's a second one for use. Such redundancy provides you the peace of mind you seek ... at a reduced cost. And what do you do with all the savings? Stash it for the child and use it for any repairs that might come up... That's what I'd do. It checks off the key items you mentioned ... at a lower cost that benefits the kid. Plus you'll likely need two vehicles when you get back and this approach solves that, too. Now if you're just using the items you mentioned as excuses to get a new truck because you want one, fine -- but stop making excuses!