Im in the NW, been here all my life... Washington and Oregon, and I love the moutains and back road 4x. But really my background is mostly enduro riding, but growing up we hit the back roads, forest service roads with the Jeeps. Nothing too extreme or difficult, but we could high center or get stuck in mud and such; lots of fun. Most of the time our rigs were dead stock, or slightly oversized tires.
You're awesome dude. I was Military but I am a contractor to the military now. It's good and bad. Good is I make more moeny, bad is I travel a little bit more than I'd like. I'm going back to Vegas though, same job but my house and two young sons are there.
I am looking for a toy, I have an Audi as a daily driver. This jeep is something for me and my two boys (Ages 6 and 3) to take and have fun with, I don't think I will do super hard rock crawling, I'm unexperienced and don't want to danger my sons but we do want to have some fun too
So with that being said, how would you suggest I best describe that type of a jeep?
I think you're right near new or a nicely taken care of one might be a good way to go. As much as it pains me, taking my time to find the right fit is key here, as you've stated.
I would just be as realistic as possible with my expectations for the jeep, and just keep looking till I find just the right one. For example if you have visions of grandeur about rock crawling, that will influence the type of jeep you get. But if you want it for general off roading, and a daily driver, then that will influence it as well. Define it as best you can and dont fall for all the "flash" because there are a lot of guys out there with those visions and dont build the jeep right. Mine was that way, the previous owner took a stock '87 and stuffed a 4" lift, 33" tires, but didnt upgrade the transmission or axles and they were the first to wear out/break. Thats why I got it so cheap, I fix and upgrade those things and now its just what I need it to be, a DD with off road capability.
You are not being a bother at all... quick question though are you military, and that is why you are over seas?
But no problem, and I like to help where I can. Anyway, to answer your questions, my preference is to typically buy used. Mostly because I dont have the money, and value drops dramatically as soon as you drive it off the lot. Of course as money is no object, there is nothing wrong with brand new then you get to break it in and get all warranties and such. But I can understand getting one near new with all the mods you want; so from talking with you I suspect that would be a good route.
Thanks man, hope I'm not bothering you with my questions. I think my biggest problem right now, is that I am overseas and will be here for another 6 months but as soon as I get back home (Las Vegas) one of the first things I'm gonna do is buy my first rig.
So one more question, if you don't mind. Money isn't really the issue for me, should I buy something New, near new or way old? If I go new I'm gonna have to not only pay new price but still do all the mods that I would want done, near new, I would try to find one that has as monay mods as possible and an old one, well the same thng but I would try to get bang for buck.
I like the fact that with an older one , I'm not going to be super worried about roughing it up. Anyways, what's your opinion?
Pretty nice too; I personally dont worry about the salvage title issue, as long as you know that the repairs were done professionally. That and to total a $18,000 rig means it was not just "flopped over" but significantly damaged. (assuming that was its book value at the time, moreso if it were higher).
Problem with salvage titles though, typically your insurance company will not insure it under comp coverage; only liability. Something to check on with them just in case if that could be a concern.
Granted, there are a lot of mods that make this a very nice rig; but retail book for a clean rig is only about $19k; which makes me think this is a bit over priced. Again, it looks like negotiating room, and its your money, but look at it real good, and have a professional you trust look it over real good and that could give you an idea of whether or not to go for it.