i can see this -- i remember living in anchorage and alaska and even the price for a used truck was ridiculous
if it had a running motor, and possibly a windshield - it would be $2,500 minimum
if it had 4whel drive with a running motor and no windshield -- $5k minimum
that was 20 years ago
not sure what it is like now
This too. In my area a decent used truck (meaning it runs with little to no issue, maybe has some parts replaced if you're lucky, has anywhere from 200,000-350,000km, probably has interior damage, probably rusting) is going to run anywhere from $5000-$8000. Anything under that and it probably runs, but not well and not for long, and is probably got major rust damage.
If you want something 4wd, good condition, and get more than a couple years out of it, you're looking at $10,000-$20,000 used.
My truck was $8000 used (and I got a good deal from a family friend). It had brand new tires, new engine a couple years before I bought it, fully loaded so leather seats, power everything, temperature and what have you, no rust and very little interior damage. BUT, it runs like a piece of poop. It has major issues stalling and not turning back on again - if I am lucky it'll die on a back road and start within minutes, if not it dies no warning in the middle of an intersection and I need a tow truck. It blows. But when it does run it's good as gold.