Alright guys, after year of wanting one I am finally planning on buying myself a Jeep. Since I am new to this though I am a little unsure on what I should be looking for. Will you guys check this out for me and let me know what you think?
Agree with the others. For $8k, there's too much wrong. It may be a good deal at a lot less. I paid $5700 for my 1999 stock sport with 4.0L and 5 speed in CA 3 years ago. It was in great condition with 118,000 miles.
Invest in Autocheck or Carfax and look at vin#'s to save time and money. What's your limit concerning money? Taking a loan, cash, that's a big part. Where are you at is another. I searched for 3 months, 12k was my limit. Used the Autocheck and Autotrader, cargurus, etc. Looked for options I wanted and must have run a thousand vins. Accidents, options, clean title, color, amount of owners, all went into my decision. Decide what your limit is, what you want, and how far you're willing to go. Me...365 miles. Talked to the dealer, stoneyledgeautosales.com in Ephrata, PA and took a train there with a one way ticket. Bought a Honda CR-V in the same fashion. I won't purchase another used car without this system...great deals, great vehicles. You've waited a long time to be able to purchase and there is no sense to rush it now. Search and be picky....you'll know when you found Your jeep. good luck oh and I would take a pass on that particular one.
Make sure you get a title! Carfax or similar is a good idea, not only does it show accident reports, but shows the origin of the vehicle. Try to get one that's been in Texas it's whole life. I had to pass on several, just keep looking they're out there.
Do your research, know what your buying if you buy with upgrades. If not, buy a stock vehicle and spend the extra on upgrades. Any joker can throw on a lift, wheels, tires, etc. but are they quality, were they installed correctly, etc? I paid $7800 for my 98 with some upgrades and a Warn 9000, 106k on it. I've been cleaning up after the PO ever since. Just little nagging stuff, it's great mechanically.
I agree, be patient. Be ready to pull the trigger when you find one. I don't know about Texas, but in the Lake Tahoe area, good Jeeps go fast. You can find Jeeps with 4-bangers, D35 rear axles, no AC, etc. all over. But a Rubi or a Sport with factory upgrades like a D44, those get bought up quick.
If you're not sure, maybe do some more research to figure out what you want or just wait until that perfect one falls in your lap. Better to wait and get a good Jeep than to buy the first one that show up on CL as spend the next few years repairing all the broken stuff or swapping out all the crappy mods the PO installed.
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EBay is a very good resource to see what different Jeeps cost around the country. You get an idea of what modifications have already been done and what the going price has been. Actually bought my jeep off eBay and saved about six grand...compared the local market.
Welcome and Good Luck!
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CL and check out Cargurus. Most of all BE PATIENT and get what you want and learn how to spot and pounce on great bargain (that fits your criteria) because those go quickly. It is too easy to get anxious and buy something less than idea. Be picky.