Hey, all. First time post, shopping for a JKU. A local dealership has several, but the one I'm most interested in has fairly noticeable hail damage. And by "fairly noticeable", I mean if you're standing within several feet and look at the hood at the right angle, you notice. Back off a bit, or look at it casually and you wouldn't notice.
I'm actually OK with that, especially since this model matches 90+% of my wish list, and I've looked pretty hard regionally. However, what should I bargain for in terms of price discount? From my research, it seems the online asking price is already down to almost dealer invoice. I considered the Tread Lightly membership but the amount ends up being a wash. I think the hail damage is my main negotiating point - and I could use a bargain! I'm thinking 5% under dealer invoice is a reasonable place to start talking - too much? Too little? And btw, does anyone have a link to confirm 2013 dealer invoice values?
Love the color and options, but willing to walk. Want me a Jeep, though!!!
Other than the hood, is there damage anywhere else? If it is JUST the hood that's damaged, I'd shoot for 6 to 8% below invoice and buy a replacement hood. Have the dealer paint the replacement hood and install it as part of the deal.
If there is damage in other places, I'd walk. As was said before, too many fish in the sea.
Dealer hasn't fixed it because they've probably received a settlement check from their insurance for the damage - which is why I'd shoot for such a low price. They've already made (some of) their money on it.
If you do buy this, make 100% sure that nothing will show up on any CarFax report because that'll kill your resale value if you ever sell.
2013 Commando Green JK Rubicon
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I'd also make sure what you're looking at isn't an already "fixed" hood. In other words, it doesn't show as much now because it used to be worse and what you're looking at is the result of an attempt to fix it.
Again, all this conjecture for a new Jeep, when there's so many out there! Move on to one without any question marks around it. You'll be glad you did.