dealers do it all the time, every dealer Ive ever seen had a few old guys who get paid minimum wage plus expenses to drive around and pick up cars....of course it will add to your price and youll get a vehicle that has some miles on it, so if your ok with one that has a few hundred miles on it when it arrives go for it....keep in mind the dealer would rather sell you one they have on the lot so they may be slightly reluctant to do it, but any good dealer knows if you have something specific you want and they don't have it they are going to have to get it or else lose your sale....
Most dealerships will transfer inventory but the fee to do so can range from $250 and up. The downside is that they usually want to sell this transferred inventory at a higher price. Sometimes the dealerships are part of conglomerate and their "sister locations" will swap inventory without charging this fee. I have a dealership in my state that will complete the entire transaction remotely and deliver for vehicle up to 200 miles at no expense. Good luck.
I got mine from my dealership doing an inventory swap with a different dealer from out of state about 60-70 miles away. Before finding that one (was told it was sold, so looked farther away) I found a couple different ones a few hundred miles away and was told the other dealerships were under no obligation to say yes to a vehicle swap from my dealers inventory. While waiting 3-4 days to hear back from either of those dealers (didn't look good) I physically checked with the 60-70 miles away dealer and SAW the jeep I was told was gone. Took another few days for my dealer to arrange delivery but all went well. I wouldn't have been happy having "someone" driving my new Jeep hundreds of miles to my dealer but I figure if I'm going to spend 30-40G on a vehicle I want it equipped exactly as I want (or as close as possible). Good luck !!
It cost the dealers $ to trade, if you're buying using tread lightly or beating them down below invoice price the topic is going to come up. If invoice or over they'll roll it in and not say anything.
Our 2013 was a dealer trade and had about 300 miles on it when we got it. In the back of my mind it bugged me knowing they likely didn't follow the recommended break-in procedures, that's why we ordered our 2014.
It's still not too late to order one the way you want it :-)
My JK was transferred from N.C. To Ga for no extra add on charge I could see. It arrived with 180 highway miles on it with all the factory plastic and such still intact. They gave me a full detail and a tank of gas. I got all the options and color I was looking for so it was well worth it to me. The drivers are usually professionals that aren't going to beat it up en route. I checked the average mpg when it arrived and it was over 18 which leads me to believe it was gently driven on the highway. Over all is was very pleased.
I would scan inventory to find the one you want and absolutely travel to pick it up. In fact, if I had my way I'd buy my new Wrangler in Colorado. I live in Washington State and would make a vacation out of it. Spend three or four days trailing in the Rockies like the Jeep was meant to do then drive back to Washington. For me this is a no brainer but I love the open road and seeing new country. Combine that with pickup up a new vehicle and you have an instant adventure.
i heard they can do it but i've also heard that not many of them want to bother doing it. if they do they'll try jacking the price up on the vehicle your trying to obtain.
I've actually looked into buying a wrangler out of state last year, when i seen one hell of a deal in georgia i believe. the price for a 10A rubicon, was so out of this world i called and inquired. while they didn't have any in stock at that moment, i calculated everything up and found out it wasn't that worth the travel.
2014 Copperhead Pearl Wrangler Unlimited Sport
Claiming to be Off-road 24/7 and living the Mountain man life. that's the WF member way
I used to be in the fleet business, and we searched dealer inventory to a radius out to about 400 miles. BUT the dealership who has the Jeep you want is under NO obligation or contract that would force them to trade away a sale. Most inventory mgrs know exactly which dealerships will (and will not) trade; if you find a Jeep on a lot that won't trade there is nothing your local dealership can do about it. Sometimes it works out (and usually for very little if any additional $$$) but sometimes when they tell you they can't get that Jeep, they aren't lying to you to try to close you down on an in-stock unit.
Don't settle for ur fav color, u will regret it later.
Mine was a dealer trade. Got $3k off and 0% for 36 mo (2010). They would have driven it to my local dealer for no charge, but I told them I would pay for a flatbed. Flat $500 fee for every dealer for any location in the cont usa. Even a sea to mia! Was very happy that I got the exact combo I was hunting for.
2010 JK. Rubicon Express 3.5" superflex, 35" BFG KM2s on Mickey Thompson Sidebiters, Poison Spyder Rocker Knockers, Poison Spyder rear Rockbrawler II bumper, Poison Spyder front Rockbrawler bumper with Warn M8000-S, AEV Snorkel, Spartan front locker. Oh, and tons of "Trail Tattoos!"
When I got my 12 the dealer got it from one a hr away 70 miles on it when I picked it up, the price didn't change from when I first talked to them to when they got it, jest couldn't get the color I wanted at first the other dealership had jest sold it and the second color silver which I now love came in to my dealer he next day. So it is all on the dealerships. They told me they do it all the time up here in western Washington.
I tried to get my local dealer to trade for one I saw on a dealer's lot in a neighboring state that had the exact options I wanted (this wasn't a Jeep). They told me that they don't do trades with that dealer because they are direct competitors, but they would locate exactly what I wanted. They had to try three dealers who had one before they found one that would trade. It depends a lot on how rare what you want is and whether or not your dealer has something in inventory that's worth (according to the other dealer) what the one you want is. Many dealers will haul your new vehicle to their location as opposed to having it driven. Just make sure you know what the transportation method is to get it to you. My dealer trade only cost me an extra $150. A drop in the bucket when you're talking about a $50K vehicle.