I'm in the process of buying my first Jeep and am looking at a 2005 Rubicon. I'd like some help with determining the value. I know that is difficult unless you can look at and drive the vehicle, but any advice would be helpful.
It has 63k miles, new Goodyear MTR tires including the spare, hard top & soft top, KC HiLites Daylighters and Spotlights, Smittybilt front bumper, Subwoofer and Blue Tooth radio with Aux input, new brakes and New Tom Wood's front Drive shaft.
The price is inline with KBB, but it seems that KBB is a little high. Edmunds values it at $14500, which I think is too low. I think that the right price is somewhere in between. I was thinking the right price is $17k. Comments?
'05 Rubicon Hardtop 40k, mostly stock, 15k. It wasn't clean by any means, but I was finding better maintained soft toppers with 60k for 16.5k. Also looks like it has a winch? 17k is what I'd offer, but if you like it and plan on using the winch and other accessories, and the jeep is really clean, 18k is fair. on the color too, if you like it. I really wish I ponied up the extra $$$ for red vs nasty khaki.
Edit: Also looks like he has both tops, 18k is an excellent price. You can ditch that hardtop for 1-1.5k.
That moment when you look at a really nice JK and think to yourself, "Well I SUPPOSE I could see myself trading in my TJ for one of those, but for those ugly ass door handles."
Well I don't know much about Rubicon's and TJ etc. But That Jeep doesn't have a lift and if you want to add a lift that's gunna cost some money. Not to much depending on the size and make of the lift.
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Go to nadaguides.com and pull the book value. Now remember Jeeps are the most unique vehicle on the road which drives up the value. If someone wants a jeep then a jeep is the only option. If someone wants a Honda accord, then practically any other mid size sedan is a back up option.
Take into account mods that are done and that you won't have to purchase. Done over pay because of them but if they keep you from spending $2k on accessories there is value in it.