Well my head is hurting from trying to figure out how to proceed with buying my first Jeep. I'm looking for a 12 or 13 unlimited, black, manual trans, probably Sport S. The used options for this are quite limited as its a popular combo, but hard to find a manual too, and the ones I have found are over 250 miles away or further. Also I have found that most of the 1 or 2 year old used Wranglers are priced at just about the same as buying new...
I was totally against buying new and especially leasing due to the depreciation and getting ripped off from a dealership, but it seems like if I want to get the Jeep I want, I have to get it from a dealer. I've never bought new and I have been driving the same car for almost 9 1/2 years now and she's about to die sooner than later. I'm a bit intimidated by going to a dealer and playing that game, even though I've done quite a bit of research on how to approach that situation.
I guess my main question here is how did you or how would you recommend making the purchase? I've looked at the dealers around my area online and none of them have what I want, plenty of automatics buts no manuals. Can I still order a 13? Is it more expensive to order than to buy off the lot? When is the 14 supposed to be available to order and should I wait until then, is there even deals on 13's if the 14's are coming soon or not because of the popularity of Wranglers? As of now I am leaning a bit more toward leasing because of the lower monthly payment and with the redesign/diesel coming in 15 or 16 it would be around the time the trade-in is due and I could decide from there to trade up or keep the 13...
I know I wrote a lot here but advice in any way would be appreciated, thanks!!
Edmunds.com has awesome research tools. You can determine a fair market value based on where you live. Any dealer is going to push you to buy from their stock. If there is a vehicle you want at a dealer nearby, they may do a dealer-swap. Shipping from outside your area could add several hundred dollars
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To me leasing a vehicle is like renting a home, or apartment, all that you have at the end of the month, or the end of your lease is a piece of paper called a receipt.
It makes sense to build equity in what ever you purchase and then you will have something tangible to hold onto.
Now, there is one exception, my friend leases his Wrangler and just abuses it ongoing with mudding, heavy rock crawl, never washes it and only changes oil occasionally. So if you are going to abuse yours to that degree, well then you really don't want to keep it. As he has told me many times, that he feels bad for whoever purchases his beat up wrangler, because much of the component life has already been taken out of it.