I'm in the market for a used Jeep Wrangler and I have a budget of about $11,000. I am from New York and I have noticed that Jeeps are much cheaper when the dealers do not list them as a southern Jeep. I know the problems that salt can have on a jeep but is the $2,000-$3,000 extra for a southern jeep worth it?
Take if from a CT jeeper with a 97 that was in CT it's entire life. Southern jeep, southern jeep, SOUTHERN JEEP. "Garaged" doesn't mean much up north because all it means is the "salt" the jeep picks up, ate the metal away inside, instead of outside.
After looking at numerous local jeeps, I found one that was recently brought up north from Texas. No rust, no diamond plate panels hiding rust and a rust free frame. I did not pay more than anyone else was trying to get. I ended up with one of the only rust free jeeps in my area. It was well worth the wait.
Southern, buy a Jeep with rust one time, you will never do it again. Hell I have a rust free Alabama Jeep and there were still bolts on the control arms and transfer case skid that were hard to get off. Add rust to that equation and any 1 hr job will take days.
98 TJ 4.0 auto, 3 in BDS springs,Skyjacker shocks, RE control arms,1.25 BL, 8K winch, JKS track bar with ZJ steering,33/12.50/15, 8.8 rear, custom fab front/ rear bumper and tire carrier.
2012 JK Rubicon (COD edition) 9.5cti Warn winch, Teraflex 2.5 lift.AEV Front bumper, AEV rear bumper and tire carrier. ARB on board air,35/12.50/17,PIAA lights, Rigid Ind.reverse LEDs, Currie adjustable control arms
Here's another perspective. When I was looking for my TJ over the course of 6 months just about all 24 Jeeps I saw in person were rusty. Some just cosmetic and some starting to flake. One came up a town over...college kid ...drove it back from UTAH....
I bought it next day.
Frame was touched up but absolutely zero scale. Looks OEM black. Brought a tear to my eye.
As the owner of a southern Jeep, I can not tell you how many threads I have read on here where I thanked my lucky stars that my rig was raised in Texas. I have a 98 and not a spec of rust on it other than the axels and barely there. Look to the South.
98 TJ 4i in currie with Currie bars front and rear
2014 JKUR AMP"D,Ace slider,BFG AT/KO's 33's
Ace Tire carrier/ rear bumper,LOD Mid width front bumper
I love my country. That's why I despise the government.
Absolutely a Southern jeep. Just make sure you look it over really well because even though it could be a "southern" vehicle doesn't mean it spent its whole life their. The same goes for Northern jeeps. Good Luck.