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Old 06-16-2011, 01:32 PM   #1
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Thumbs up How Long Did You Searh For Your Wrangler??

Ok si im starting a thread where we just talk about how long we looked for our jeep and how many we looked at.

i will start, i looked for 9 months, viewed over 400 adds, and went to look at around 17 jeeps

eventually i found my white 1994 yj =)

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Old 06-16-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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Not even one second. Took wife to look for an economical car for her. She spotted the jeep on the lot and that was that.

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Old 06-16-2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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3 jeeps, 3-4 months
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:08 PM   #4
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Mine fell into my lap, My catalytic converters went on my Lincoln LS and my grandmother said i should buy her TJ. i told her i couldnt give her KBB and she countered with 1/5 of KBB and then it was mine.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:09 PM   #5
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For me it was about 8 months and test drove around 1-2 dozen of them.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:39 PM   #6
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I drove to look at one used one, got there saw it in person and left without driving it.
I was fooling myself thinking I would be satisfied with a used vehicle, I'm too picky.
Picky or not, I didn't want a loan & monthly payments.
Next morning, I got online and found a base 2010 Unlimited still on a dealers lot (it was the end of Dec.) I emailed pics of my truck I wanted to trade to the salesman and got a out the door trade arranged before I ever went there. I looked it over, it was as described, my first drive in it was home.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:43 PM   #7
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I wasnt exactly looking for my jeep when I got it. I was in high school, and knew I wanted a jeep. I looked around at jeep I saw on lots, but was never serious about it. I ended up stopping by one lot, looked at the jeep and thought...oh that would be cool. Well ended up going up there the next day buying it, not at all what I was expecting, but wouldnt change a thing.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:46 PM   #8
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Woke up one day a couple of years ago and decided I was going to finally get one. Told my childhood friend (of 35+ years) that is a salesman at the local Dodge dealer to help me look for one. One week later he calls me with a really sweet deal on an 05 Rubicon. It had only been off the pavement once in the 50k miles and the top and doors had never been taken off. It is in my driveway now with 86K, no top or doors, and with a few mods.

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Old 06-16-2011, 02:49 PM   #9
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Casually perused ads for months .. but when I made up my mind that it was time to buy, I'd say I looked at about a dozen or so Jeeps in about a 3 week period before I found the right one.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:49 PM   #10
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2 years and I drove it 13,000 miles to OHIO from FLORIDA to get it home. I WANTED TO THE ONE TO PUT THE RUST ON IT.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:53 PM   #11
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I had been looking online for a few days. I talked my wife into it to get me out of a truck payment. Was driving home and saw a silver one with a hard top on the lot. It had 16,000 on it and that was about the blue book (trade in) on my truck. I still owed about 3 grand on the truck and I told the guy if he did it even swap and paid my truck off I would sign the papers right there on the spot. Real sweet deal on my end I thought.
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:22 PM   #12
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15 yrs looked at many had a cj a while back
This one i looked for about 2 weeks called about a few they were gone within a day of listing. Called on this one went down to look at it in the dark on a freezing cold night. Bought it on the spot. It was what i wanted at the price i wanted to spend.
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:41 PM   #13
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I knew I wanted one but did not want to by until sept (when I go back to work after 5 years) Well just looking online and found the exact one I wanted. Base model nothing to break in a standard and the color I wanted. I got it in FEB way earlier than I wanted but I love my JEEP!!!!!
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:32 PM   #14
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About 5 minutes....My 98 F150 would not pass inspection.(Friday) Came home started searching on line dealers in my area. Saw a yellow 2011 2dr sport on a lot 5 miles from house.Went up on Saturday just to check it out.(Was pouring rain didnt want to test drive it than).Went back Monday around 8am signed papers about 930am.
(I should follow my own advice once in awhile.)
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:21 PM   #15
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4 years... started with a YJ but hated the leaf springs and rust. 6 vehicles later and finally found a TJ needed tons of work but its coming along! woo
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:14 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by jefferyfghezzi View Post
2 years and I drove it 13,000 miles to OHIO from FLORIDA to get it home. I WANTED TO THE ONE TO PUT THE RUST ON IT.
Wow, you really took it the long way.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:19 PM   #17

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Looked around for jeeps but never saw on in my price range. My family was driving through a town we hardly ever go through and we saw it at a lower lot. Checked it out, talked to the dealer, and found out he was going to sell it an an auction that weekend because he couldnt sell it. Went back the next day, talked him down a bit, and I took her home. I couldn't be happier.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:07 PM   #18
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Decided in December when the repair estimates on my POS Saturn VUE were going to top $1400 that I wanted a Jeep. We were told the repairs could wait for a couple of months, so we decided to drive it for as long as we could and then start looking for a Jeep when summer started. Woke up March 27, just happened to be looking online at Jeeps and saw one I was interested in. Manual transmission, no power locks/windows, cruise control, air conditioning (hey sometimes you need it) bigger tires, soft top. Ambushed the hubby coming out of the shower and told him about it. He said if that's the one I want, then let's go look at it. Drove the POS Saturn VUE to Austin, saw the Jeep, drove it, and the decision was made. It was also a plus that they gave me way more for my Saturn than I thought it was worth. (Hell, one of the tailgate struts was broken as well as one of the tail lights--the tail light was super glued back together and a piece was missing & in order to use the tailgate I had to use my "loading stick" aka a 2x4). I'd say I got the better part of the deal there.

Oh, back to how long I looked: considering I wasn't going to start looking until summer I'd say I wasn't looking, it just kinda happened.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:42 PM   #19
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I said to my boys. Lets just pull in and see what they have. I drove the jeep and in about an hour I was driving it home. I have enjoyed it every day.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:02 AM   #20
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I was never looking for a jeep, it spent three months looking for me. My dad bought an extra one because it was too good a deal to turn down. After about three months he finally talked me into taking it.
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:03 AM   #21
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I've wanted one when I was for in 1998 when my dad got one looked everywhere when I turned 15 , but found a great deal on a diesel f250 for 4000$ and bought it . But after I finished building it sold it when my mechanic offered me his 06 with 27790 miles on it doors off and top never off never offroad . For 9000$
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:22 AM   #22
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looked for mine for around 8 months then found it in broken arrow oklahoma at a dealership he had it for $12,500 figured out he used to live in my town and that i am friends with his nephew i left their paying $10,000
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Old 06-17-2011, 01:04 AM   #23
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I actually was looking for my first vehicle at the time. My dad had it, and kept telling me over and over "No!" when I asked him about it. So I looked at a ton of cars, and was very close to buying one. After a YEAR AND A HALF, he caved. He didn't even give me a deal on it lol
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:52 AM   #24
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Well, I was looking for an older YJ for about a year or so as a toy. My wife and I started looking for a house and I stopped looking for the Jeep. My wife fell in love with the house that wouldn't work for my Dodge Ram truck because my truck was about six feet longer than the garage is deep and the HOA rules don't allow street parking. The day after we closed on the house I went online looking for a replacement vehicle. I found a JK I with everything I need in Arizona. Paid to have it transferred to Los Angeles and drove it home. I still miss my truck, but the Jeep has definitely won a solid place in my heart. In the end it has all worked out beautifully. My Jeep payments are $250/mo less than the Dodge.

On second thought, I guess if you factor in all of the "stuff" I have been doing to the Jeep, it's an even wash.
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:48 PM   #25
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3 months. Didn't even know I wanted a Jeep, but my truck was having issues And I needed to find a replacement. Started pricing Dodge Rams and realized they have really jumped up in price since I had my last 2. Started looking for an alternative. On a whim, I started looking at JKs.

Must have looked at 100-150 online, but was getting frustrated with the websites. Finally sent an email to 7 Internet salesmen outlining my requirements and what did they have "on the lot"? Got replies from 3 dealers. One had none, but would look. Thanks, but no thanks. Second was from a dealer I refuse to deal with, even if I blow my engine right in front of his stealership. He treated my wife bad 15 years ago and I won't deal with him. The third had 4 that fit my requirements. I drove an hour and a half to Orlando on a Friday afternoon. As soon as I saw the Mango, I didn't even bother looking at the other 3. She was screaming "Me!!! Pick me!!!". And I did. Less than an hour later, she was mine and I haven't looked back.

My only regret? I should have done this 15 years ago.

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Old 06-17-2011, 05:56 PM   #26
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Looked at used ones for months. Went to buy a 2010 model (unsold "new" at dealer) they wouldnt finance me cause NO credit history. Was wending my way home when I saw this bone stock Yellow TJ Sport at a buy-here pay-here place. Long story short, I now have a yellow TJ Sport in my driveway!

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Old 06-18-2011, 12:02 AM   #27
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Woke up one morning and decided I wanted one went to every lot in town before 10 am found our 95 in 2005 with 48000 miles on the clock back then it was pristine, mod, and rust free. Called the bank signed the paper work drove it home gave it to wife at her birthday party that evening. She was so happy and excited that when she got in to go for a drive she almost ran me over cause she didn't notice it was a stick.
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Old 06-18-2011, 12:13 AM   #28
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It wasn't planned. My wife and I were just driving around one day and pulled into a lot just for gits and shiggles. They ran a credit check and what do ya know? It was good so I ran out into the lot and hopped into the first one I saw.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:13 PM   #29
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Decided I needed a new vehicle on a Wednesday, 10 days later I placed an order for a brand new '11 Rubicon. I'd done searches off and on in the past and never find one that jumped out at me, so I figured it was better to build and order exactly what I wanted. It even came in 4 weeks ahead of schedule. The dealer was even shocked when it showed up so early.
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Old 06-19-2011, 07:08 AM   #30
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I've wanted a Jeep since at least high school so that has festered for 15+ years. I kind of went towards sports cars for a while but have found my way back to Jeeps.

I test drove a new on the lot 2010 about 3 months ago and kept hearing whispers about the new engine possibly coming soon so I thought I'd wait it out. After reading about Wranglers for the last 6 months, I finally ordered my new 2012 last week. I figured I will be keeping it for a LONG time so I might as well get exactly what I want. It will be my first manual too, btw.


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