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Old 02-02-2012, 03:52 PM   #1
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My father and I have been debating buying a Jeep for him. We found one from a private seller that we know that has a 2003 Jeep Rubicon, but it has a salvage title for $9,500. It looks in flawless condition with only 37,000k miles on it. It has a 4 inch lift kit on it that he said he spent a pretty good amount on. He said it was all body damage, but that seems like it would be alot of damage to have a salvage title. It has a little rust on the floor plan but not too bad. It has a soft top, and its been stored for a year and a half, never outside.
Is it a good deal? Help?

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Old 02-02-2012, 04:13 PM   #2
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The price is about right, around 40% less than regular value.
If you were thinking about taking out a loan on it, I would check with the bank to see what they think about salvage titles. also call your insurance agent to see how they handle them.
It's probably a better deal if you plan on keeping the jeep a long time and running it into the ground; if you wanted to sell it soon you would run into the same problems the current owner has selling.
Definitley have it checked out by an experienced mechanic!

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I would have it inspected by a reputable body shop and have them do a run down. Making sure the frame isn't bent, and the axle housings as well. I'd see if you can get all the receipts for the work done to the vehicle.

I'd also take the advice given above as well.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:45 PM   #4
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does your dad really need a rubicon? you can get a nice sport for that kind of money.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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does your dad really need a rubicon? you can get a nice sport for that kind of money.
Its tough around north dakota to find a nice sport. If i could find one i think he would
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:58 PM   #7
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You could not imagine all the Jeeps in Texas for sale.
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:17 PM   #8
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You could not imagine all the Jeeps in Texas for sale.

Well send some up here! This is the best deal I have found, its also terribly hard to find a hard top up here for sale. Im still debating if this is a good deal, what do ya think?
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:34 PM   #9
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Jobs are good in ND right now with the oilfield booming. Transfering some good used Jeeps there may be a good business proposition for someone that has capital to invest.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:18 PM   #10
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IIRC from another post some time ago on this same type of issue, someone recommended that one check with their ins. co. to see how coverage would be affected by a salvage title.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:36 AM   #11
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Jeeps are always for sale here in Texas. People buy them cause they look "cool" then start to realize that they have to manually take the top down and windows out. (No fancy button that makes it go down by itself, no remote, you actually have to use your own hands) That Texas summers with no top can blister the skin of those teenage girls legs in a heart beat. (The teenage girls who begged daddy to buy her a Jeep) and of course here in Texas its 1 to 2 tanks of gas between metro areas. IE Dallas to Houston. Dallas to Austin. ETC. If that were not bad enough they can't even drive to school a week without a fill up.

With all those "down" sides, there are always Jeeps for sale here. Which works for me cause I don't want to be on the road with a 17 year old girl who has the music way up and is riding on 33's (That she had to have because they looked cute) while changing across 6 lanes of traffic so not to miss her exit while putting on her eyeliner.
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Jeeps are always for sale here in Texas. People buy them cause they look "cool" then start to realize that they have to manually take the top down and windows out. (No fancy button that makes it go down by itself, no remote, you actually have to use your own hands) That Texas summers with no top can blister the skin of those teenage girls legs in a heart beat. (The teenage girls who begged daddy to buy her a Jeep) and of course here in Texas its 1 to 2 tanks of gas between metro areas. IE Dallas to Houston. Dallas to Austin. ETC. If that were not bad enough they can't even drive to school a week without a fill up.

With all those "down" sides, there are always Jeeps for sale here. Which works for me cause I don't want to be on the road with a 17 year old girl who has the music way up and is riding on 33's (That she had to have because they looked cute) while changing across 6 lanes of traffic so not to miss her exit while putting on her eyeliner.

HAHAHA this made me laugh out loud. Man thats the fun of a jeep, taking the top off manually and knowing no other car can do that. I drove my jeep with no top and doors till it snowed the first time up here. I also took the doors off for a 3 days in december because it was 40 degrees out. My dad always loved jeeps and saw how much i like them so he thinks this will be a good thing to drive untill he cant get his old butt in and out anymore.
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It's been stored for a year and a half, has a salvage title from only body damage, and 37k on it? As someone who has been buying and selling vehicles, and numerous jeeps, for years I find that to be a little weird but not completely impossible. The salvage title should be easy enough to sort out. Most likely that kind of damage was reported to an insurance company so it will show up on a carfax. Unless it was hail/storm damage it would be worthwhile to get an independent inspection to make sure it wasn't wrecked, flooded, or something bad. I have bought and sold numerous "salvage" vehicles and love getting them cheap!! So do just that. A salvage car is really only worth about 60% or less of retail and I never pay more...usually less. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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