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Old 04-03-2009, 11:34 PM   #1
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Might have found my Jeep! Would you buy it?

Hello everyone...It's me again. As many of you know, I don't own a Jeep but have been wanting to buy one for a while. I found a Wrangler I liked at a local dealership but the day after I saw it, it was hit by a hail storm pretty bad. Here are the specs:

2008 Wrangler X 2 door soft top
5000 Miles
4WD, Automatic
White with black fenders
Plain steel looking wheels

Original price: $21998
Best deal before hail: $18988
Price after hail: $16999 as is or $17999 totally repaired

My question is would you buy one after it was hail damaged, even if they repair it? It was bad, smashed windshield and all. See my other posts to see the size of hail we had (golf ball to tennis ball size at that dealership). I'm sure I could get a little more off, but not much. If I bought it as is, I'm sure my insurance wouldn't cover it since I did not own it during the storm, correct? Anyhow, chime in with wisdom and insight. Used Jeeps seem to be disappearing faster and faster around here. The weather has been incredible lately here in Austin with nice sunny days and cool breezes. Can't wait to get one!

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Old 04-04-2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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Personally, not knowing your budget, I would not touch this. I don't like a used vehicle to begin with, and add the hail damage. No thanks....

Ask yourself this....
1. Do you like the jeep (minus the hail damage)- color, options, etc.?
2. If so, is the price reduction worth getting a used one? (considering all of the positives w/buying a new one- EPP, great financing, etc.

3. How much does that hail damage bother you?

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Old 04-04-2009, 11:00 AM   #3
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Used cars aren't bad, there are many of them out there. I think if it is what you want and in your budget, go for it. I also think that for $1000 it might be nice to have them fix it.
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Old 04-04-2009, 01:10 PM   #4
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I myself refuse to buy new vehicles, buying a new car is worse than using credit cards for major purchases. I got my 2007 Jeep Unlimited X from Car Max and there were a few issues but for $15000 @ 19000 miles I loved it. I replaced all the fluids with Redline lubricants, put on new tires 265/75r16, replaced the break pads, and fixed a couple of vacuum leaks. Nothing major and I love it. I have been building engines/cars for15+ years and I regret not getting a Jeep sooner. Why would you want to get an automatic? Nothing with that but having a standard allows for more RPM control while on the trail. Either way it is your purchase and figure out what works for you because it is your dollar, good luck and have fun.
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:08 PM   #5
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First of all, thanks for the help. I would definetely have them fix the damage before I bought it. As far as the price, the best price I've been quoted on a new one is $21,500. That was with every discount available and that was only one on the lot. I figured one that with only 5K miles on it has plenty of time left on the warranty to work out the bugs. They also try and screw me over on my trade when shopping for a new one. They use the excuse that they're already knocking off so much money off of the MSRP they don't have any room to give me more on my trade. I should get a little more on my trade with the used Jeep.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:33 PM   #6
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Old 04-05-2009, 12:52 AM   #7
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hey just wanted to give you a few things to think about from a auto body repair point of veiw.. Just remeber that no matter how good the shop its never a factory paint job chances of their being trash in the paint, orange peel, fish eye ect. is very common. Specially if the dealer is paying for it to get done they want a job that will pass your inspection but save them the most money. Most people dont know what to look for on a repainted job. also if you plan on doing any serious off road action in the future that if the dents from the hail are big enough where they have to use body filler or dent pull it that they have to strip it down to bare metal wich also means the chances of them sanding that nice rust prevention coating right off so you might run into rust problems down the road. so just make sure you think long and hard if the deal they are giving you is worth it also how much you like the jeep and your bugdet.
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Old 04-05-2009, 01:10 AM   #8
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I buy only new cars. I run them for a long time. More than most new car purchasers. Typically I will own the car for 7 to 10 years and put 100 to 150K miles on them.

The only exception to that may be a jeep. I am considering purchasing an older jeep to modify it. I plan on doing this as a retirement project. I was inspired by a thread by ccain in this thread. When I buy a vehicle for this purpose I won't be worrying about a warranty.

On your purchase, will not having the lifetime powertrain warranty on the vehicle be worth the price differential?

After purchasing it the only thing that will matter is are you having fun with it? Does it do what you want it to do? If not, can it be modified to do it?

I think that last question really makes jeep ownership interesting.

Good luck on your purchase. Hope you are happy in the end.
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Old 04-05-2009, 09:35 AM   #9
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Good points. I did not know about the rust protection feature. I also had not considered the fact that the dealership would skimp by to get it fixed. I totally agree now that it's been brought up. I'm sure they will do the bare minimum to get it out the door. I didn't even think about the powertrain warranty. I just thought that transfers with the vehicle. See why I like this site so much??? I learn something(s) new everyday. When those points are made, it make sense to wait a little longer and just buy new.
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Old 04-07-2009, 07:55 PM   #10
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If your really interested in this Jeep I would look into paintless dent removal instead of having it painted. I had my 07 Wrangler for about a month when I was caught in a freak hail storm. I think I had well over a hundred small dents in my hood and when the PDR guy was finished it looked brand new. I think it cost me about $400.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:48 PM   #11
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Hey Texascc! I just saw a 08 (not titled) loaded X on a Chrysler lot for 18999 - BRAND NEW! I think you should be able to get one with out damage - I would look around alittle more, don't waste your time on something you've got to fix up! Keep looking, I looked in 5 states to find the one I wanted and found it two states away (I made the dealer go find it).....They're hungry in this economy, not everyone can afford, let alone get financed...look around and find the right one!

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