|06-27-2013 01:18 PM|
I got my '02 5-speed 4.0L X with only 54k on it for $10,500. Besides some minor rust on the runners and door handles it's perfect. Best deal I could find so I pounced on it.
Ps. It was a private sale.
|06-27-2013 01:17 PM|
around here the only time a TJ gets under 10k is if it has 250k + miles or is a 4 banger
bont lower your standers.. wait till you have more money
|06-27-2013 12:38 PM|
|jmacgreg||I purchased a 1997 4.0 5sp Sport about two months ago after looking at about a dozen TJ's I found mine and purchased the first day it was advertised. It is totally stock with only 61k miles, was garaged its entire life, was well maintained and was never off roaded. It has a soft top, new Michelins, but no A/C (which I wanted). Jeeps are going for a premium here in Colorado. I paid North of $8500 for mine and feel like I got a reasonably fair deal given the other ones I looked over.|
|06-18-2013 01:32 PM|
|06-18-2013 10:26 AM|
|Plowboy1970||KBB trade in is 3500 Would no even consider that. Will see how bad they offer. LOL|
|06-18-2013 10:06 AM|
Dealers use KBB when it helps to sell a car. Most would never use it to buy a car. They will use auction sheets, black book, nada, and common sense. On older cars they will use Average Book and deduct for reconditioning expenses. On high mileage older cars they will use rough book and subtract reconditioning costs. On the positive side of things - older jeeps are much more desirable than other cars so they will factor that into any offer they make you.
So they are most likely going to offer you Average book, minus the cost of new tires, minus any necessary repairs, and minus any other expenses they are going to incur in order to get the car ready for sale.
|06-18-2013 09:50 AM|
|06-18-2013 09:35 AM|
|biggus35||CarMax does not want your Jeep. They will lowball you and wholesale it off to someone else. Your Jeep will end up on a used car lot on the side of the road with a bright yellow $5995 sticker on it. CarMax is looking for late model, low mileage cars. You will do better stopping by a couple of roadside used car lots and asking what they will give you for it.|
|06-18-2013 09:30 AM|
|06-18-2013 09:25 AM|
|Plowboy1970||I had a big whole write up months ago. Got a few hits thats it. Left out much now I get a few questions. Hurts when I tell the truth. Owned it for 5 months. Girl sold it to me needing work. I have done work on it to get it running good. Now to sell it. I thought of painting it up. But I don't want them to think I am coving up anything. I have a 97 sport I paint up every year to keep it looking nice. Oh well. Will see what Carmax offers today. Maybe then I will clean up the frame and paint it.|
|06-18-2013 09:14 AM|
|biggus35||You could also take a few new pics now that Summer is here and there are leaves on the trees. I would take pics with the top off, and maybe a pretty girl or a big dog sitting in it.|
|06-18-2013 09:08 AM|
|biggus35||And one more thing...get some sandpaper and some flat black paint and take care of the rust on the front bumper. My first thought when I saw that picture was that the whole underside of the vehicle is covered in rust. Rust is a big turn-off for someone looking to spend $5000 of their hard earned money.|
|06-18-2013 08:58 AM|
You should also include more info if you want to get people's interest:
1. Year, Make, Model, Sub-model?
2. Engine Size and Number of Cylinders?
3. Transmission Type (Automatic or Manual)?
5. Options (leather seats/heated seats/Air Conditioner/upgraded sound system/Power Windows/etc)
6. Do all gauges and electronics work as they should?
7. Any accidents or bodywork/paintwork?
8. Has the car been smoked in?
9. Clean & Clear Title (no salvage/rebuilt/flood history)? Do you have the title in hand?
10. How long have you owned it? Where/From Whom did you buy the car?
11. Are you the original owner, 2nd owner, 3rd owner, etc?
12. Modifications/Add-ons/after-market parts?
13. Do you have service records? Was vehicle serviced at the Dealership?
14. When was the last service performed?
15. How did you come up with your asking price (Edmunds.com, kbb.com, nada.com, blackbook.com etc)
16. Why are you selling it?
Weave the information above into a narrative about your Jeep and I'll bet you can sell it for $5000 in less than a week.
P.S. Address the negatives right up front. Like the 4-cyl engine. Don't just say it's got a 4-cyl engine, say its got the gas-sipping, dependable 4 cyl engine that has never let you down.
If you don't have service records say something like...I've personally maintained the vehicle while I've owned it and would drive it anywhere!
|06-18-2013 07:40 AM|
|06-18-2013 05:44 AM|
|Joshua27||I just paid 6k for a 97 TJ with 160k miles. I-4 and 5 speed. New set of 32" BFG AT tires and aftermarket steel wheels. It also has a rubicon express lift. Was that a good deal?|
|06-17-2013 10:15 PM|
1997 Jeep Wrangler
New oxygen sensor, TPS, steering box, steering box lines, aluminum rims. Tires are 30%, new owner can put what they want on. Top is original. Getting bad but like the tires, the new owner can put what they want on. Runs and drives 65 just fine. I am taking it to Carmax tomorrow to see what they will give. I am between Milwaukee and Chicago and everyone has offered 3000-4200 and I have turned them down. A dealer even offered 4000 and I said no. Everything in my area is 6K+ One on CL was a 97 SE with 187K miles for $4500 and was sold. Horn, radio and wipers did not work. And he sold it.....Oh well.
|06-17-2013 08:59 PM|
|06-17-2013 08:57 PM|
|06-17-2013 08:52 PM|
|Plowboy1970||I am trying to sell a 97 se and I am having a hard time getting $4500 It has 118k on it half doors soft top. Stock. Stick. Clean frame. I have people offering 3k for it and I keep telling them no. Why is prices high when I want to buy, but can't get anything when I want to sell. LOL. Good luck buying.|
|06-17-2013 08:23 PM|
|06-17-2013 08:12 PM|
|Bravo.Justin||I messed up a few years back and pretty much gave my 01 sport away for $7800. It had 90k. Hardtop 5 speed and Bone stock.They literally turned around and sold it a week later for 12k. Had to learn that lesson the hard way, but I only paid $8300 for it and drove it a year. I searched for 6 months before I found it on eBay. Luckily it was an auction only with no reserve.|
|06-17-2013 08:10 PM|
|A Jeep Named Jack|
|06-17-2013 08:09 PM|
|dirtdigger||Check inside the frame for frame rot its most present in front of the rear tires while your down looking at that check the whole undercarriage make sure you don't see a lot of rust there then test drive check 4 wheel drive low and hi if it has a Dana 35 pull the plug on the rear diff and check the gear oil status if allowed take it home and check all fluids to make sure it's been properly maintained and look for tell tell signs of someone spray painting under the rig to hide bad spots normally if they have done this there sloppy and you can see over spray also check under the carpet to make sure the front floor pans aren't Swiss cheese good luck be picky don't settle patience is a virtue.|
|06-17-2013 08:07 PM|
|trojaneuph||I got mine for 2500. One of my coworkers had it sitting in his yard 130000k on the dash. Now I am in the process of putting a new engine in it and have invested almost what I paid for it. But like many others it had no mods just worn out tires am bad pistons. This is one of the pistons it broke as soon as my mechanic took it out. And a picture of my completely redone engine.|
|06-17-2013 07:33 PM|
|06-17-2013 07:27 PM|
|A Jeep Named Jack||I truly wish you good luck! If you come upon one you better jump on it and be the first one with cash there! I picked my 01 for $11500 with 73k miles... Which in my area was a decent deal!|
|06-17-2013 07:12 PM|
|Wade88||Oh the guy only wanted $6500 but would take 6 for it.|
|06-17-2013 07:08 PM|
|Wade88||I found a 2001 with 90xxx miles. Owned by a 71 y/o retired military guy. Been garage kept since he got it new. Seats had seat covers on since day one. It even had the plastic wrap on braces for roll cage. And he claims that the soft top had never even been removed. It looked amazing! And.... I looked at it at night. It sold before I could get to bank the next day! I know deals are there just hard to find. I think I'll keep looking but raise my budget a little. There is just so much junk out there for sale. Any tips for a jeep rookie on what I need to be aware of when looking at used jeeps?|
|06-17-2013 08:33 AM|
|jickey||I searched and searched and searched and searched (getting the idea here?) before I found mine. Here in my area (Central Alabama, even though I searched the entire southeastern US) I found that one number was constant - $8999. That seemed to be the asking price for everything from 1995 up to around 2002-ish. Not heavily modded, but some lifts and tires. I had very specific requirements (black, 4.0L, manual, soft top, full doors, no mods) and lucked up on my 2000 Sahara - guy was advertising at $7500 on CL. I caught it quickly and jumped on it (and he ended up taking $6500.) He was in an unusual situation of having to get rid of it, so I think I got it for a steal. I personally think you need to increase your budget to get what you're looking for - to get one in your price range might take a lot of diligent searching and a rather long wait.|
|06-17-2013 08:14 AM|
It took me 3+ months to find a deal on my 2002 TJ. It has 163K miles on it but is in decent shape. I paid $4,500 and have put a little over $1200 more into it since purchase (repairs, new top, bedrug). It is not lifted (yet) but did have new tires on it when I bought it.
From watching the market for 3+ months I suspect you will have to pay $7500+ for a TJ with a decent lift kit, bigger tires, and average miles.
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