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Old 04-11-2011, 10:46 PM
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JK options: factory install vs dealer added


Is there a limit as to what options a dealer can add after it left the factory? Does the cost to the buyer increase for labor and the leftover parts the dealer now has?

I already accepted the fact that I would likely have to order what I wanted: An Unlimited Sport with a manual transmission in the natural green color. When I first started browsing, there were a total of zero within 250 miles of Chicago. I've seen a few pop up since in black, but none in green.

Well, the April shipment must have arrived: two new listings popped up in inventory yesterday, and a semi-local dealer called to say they have one they can add options to.

They seem to be eager to get me into the dealership: asked if I could drive in tonight: an hour drive to arrive 15 minutes before they would close, at which point I'm sure the used car manager would have left and I'd have to make another drive. The sales rep I spoke to on the phone assured me they could add anything... but I'm skeptical.

Connectivity package, sure. Tow group (as that requires an axle change to 3.73), maybe. But limited slip diff? They would rip and replace the diff on it at the same cost to me as the factory?

I already resigned myself to the fact that I would likely have to order (and try to steer that towards Pat if it works out). I don't mind waiting if I have to if a Jeep shows up on my doorstep with a big red bow and all the options I want, but I won't pay a few thousand extra for labor/installation/etc versus ordering and waiting.

Is there really "no limit"?



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Old 04-11-2011, 11:45 PM   #2
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M'eh, I wouldn't bother. From a negotiating standpoint, all I want for them to do is give me the keys.

If you insist, there are indeed some things they can't do or I just wouldn't want them to do. Side airbags for example. Or a new color.

They can do things like limited slip diffs and 3.73s, but even this presents problems. The first is cost, though this is fairly easy to handle--you're only willing to pay for each option what you would pay if it was ordered from the factory. I think the 3.73 rear axle ratio is like a $50 upgrade. So there you have it--$50, that's it. If they want to charge labor, you might as well do it aftermarket.

Another issue is ensuring everything actually gets done. The tow package for example isn't just a trailer hitch, it also involves the 3.73s and the CPU having a "sway dampening program". Dealers tend to "forget" that when adding the tow package aftermarket.

That requires you to write those details into the contract, get documentation that they were done, and to the extent possible inspect the changes.

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Old 04-12-2011, 01:04 AM
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M'eh, I wouldn't bother. From a negotiating standpoint, all I want for them to do is give me the keys.
Amen to that.
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