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Old 11-07-2019, 07:50 PM
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Looking for a new Jeep!

So I have a 2009 two door wrangler X. Love it and hate to get rid of it, but I am in more need of the extra room a four door has. I see plenty of Jeeps in the price range that would be great to spend but they usually have 100,000-125,000 miles. To me that seems like a little too much mileage. Mine only has 83,000 right now so I would really hate to have to give up 20,000+ miles. Am I being over critical about the miles that these Jeeps have? Is it even worth trying to wait and get a Jeep with close to the same mileage I have now or should I really not be thinking of the mileage as long as they appear to be in good condition and taken care of?

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I was looking for a used Jeep a few years ago, not pricing them lately I was hoping to find something with 50,000 to 80,000 miles for around 15K. I soon realized that any JKU I found with was then 100,000 was $20,000 plus. I ended up ordering a new one at 5% below invoice and it was only a couple thousand more then what the used ones were going for. Right now KBB has it for more than I paid for it. Unless you just luck into something your going to pay close to new prices for anything low mileage.

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Old 11-08-2019, 09:45 AM   #3
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Keep looking because there are deals out there on used JKU's. I searched for almost 4 months before finding my 2016 with 25,000 miles. It's in perfect condition and the former owner also put in about 6 grand worth of after market options. It was never driven in the snow and garage kept. Yes I even got both hard and soft tops with the Bestop quick open insert for the hard top in the deal.


So they are out there imo if you look long enough. I paid 18,000K for mine and yes I know it was a good price. He was having a lot of trouble selling it around here because it's a 6 speed and everyone seems to want an automatic? Didn't matter to me either way.

My point is you have to be patient and just keep looking until you find what you want within your price range.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:34 AM
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Wow you got the deal of a lifetime on that Jeep it sounds like! I’d love to stumble onto something like that. I know someone in my area who has a used car dealership. He goes to auctions all the time and said he would be willing to get one for me if I told him what I wanted specifically. He said I could save $2000-3000 on the price. But then I don’t really get to see it in person first or test drive it....
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Wow you got the deal of a lifetime on that Jeep it sounds like! I’d love to stumble onto something like that. I know someone in my area who has a used car dealership. He goes to auctions all the time and said he would be willing to get one for me if I told him what I wanted specifically. He said I could save $2000-3000 on the price. But then I don’t really get to see it in person first or test drive it....
Only way I'd do that deal is if after inspection you can refuse to buy it? Buying at actions can save a lot of money but also offers a substantial risks. The history of many vehicles can be tracked if someone wants to take the time to do it. I did it for my Jeep including talking to the dealer that sold and serviced it. Not that I didn't trust the former owner but I subscribe to Buyer Beware!
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I found the 6sp offers you the best position when looking at used. The market for people who want manual JKUs is small, so you have a lot of bargaining power. The sticks tend to sit because of this and the dealers are more willing to negotiate. If you can drive a manual go this route; heck if you can't drive a stick go this route! It is easy to learn and you will acquire a life skill.
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I found the 6sp offers you the best position when looking at used. The market for people who want manual JKUs is small, so you have a lot of bargaining power. The sticks tend to sit because of this and the dealers are more willing to negotiate. If you can drive a manual go this route; heck if you can't drive a stick go this route! It is easy to learn and you will acquire a life skill.
That is 100% true because that was the same story over and over when I was shopping for a used JK. Dealers would drop 2 or 3 grand off of a 6sp while would hardly budge on automatics. I believe it was the main reason I got such a good deal on mine.
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Agree with everyone else, just keep looking and waiting. I looked for about 10 months, then boom found 2, once with 60K miles on it and one with 80K. Went with the 80k one cause the other dealership was a bunch of swindlers and I prefered silver over white. Got my 2013 JKU for 22K out the door. I felt pretty good about the price, it was everything I wanted <100K miles, Automatic, 2013+, and bone stock. They had a 2012 that was all upgraded, but I could tell something was not right with the lift/tires or something. I could have gotten that one for about 20 I'm sure.

As noted, just keep looking, one will definitely turn up.
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Jeeps aren't usually a great buy used. The tend to sell for too much money used. If you want a used one, best to be patient and keep looking. Always be prepared to walk away from one if it isn't the right deal.
I would be scared to pay that kind of coin for something with 100,000 miles on it. To me that is crazy. Not that a Jeep can't log that sort of miles, but at that mileage the issues are going to start rolling in. A lot of things will need attention, so the price would need to reflect that. Often it does not.
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Thanks for all the help and suggestions. Going back to the 6 speed.. I know how to drive stick but prefer not to just for less hassle and that sort of thing. I’d probably get used to it and barely think about it after a while, but my wife wouldn’t be able to drive it. Maybe that’s a good thing &#x1f602; but I thought that kind of money was a bit much for over 100,000 miles also. I’ve been keeping an eye out for almost 6 months now and had some possibilities. I’ve actually seen a handful of 6 speeds in my search that looked great and had a decent price but I wasn’t too sure about the manuals then. Maybe I’ll change my mind here about it.
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Thanks for all the help and suggestions. Going back to the 6 speed.. I know how to drive stick but prefer not to just for less hassle and that sort of thing. I’d probably get used to it and barely think about it after a while, but my wife wouldn’t be able to drive it. Maybe that’s a good thing &#x1f602; but I thought that kind of money was a bit much for over 100,000 miles also. I’ve been keeping an eye out for almost 6 months now and had some possibilities. I’ve actually seen a handful of 6 speeds in my search that looked great and had a decent price but I wasn’t too sure about the manuals then. Maybe I’ll change my mind here about it.
You can teach a monkey to drive a 6 speed honestly! Way back when wasn't any automatics and women drove around just fine. If you wanted to teach your wife how to drive one it wouldn't take long. My X loved driving a manual and was always pestering me to drive my vette. Not that I really wanted her to but she could drive it just fine.

A couple weeks driving a 6sp and you wouldn't even think about it unless you do a lot of commuting in heavy traffic. There I would think an auto would be a lot more relaxing to drive.
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FWIW, I started looking for a Jeep on a whim. I had spent close to $10,000 on a new 2007 Polaris ATV to plow with and it was nothing but headaches. After 2 years it started having issues with computer modules that ran $400+ plus labor. Then starters and solenoids etc.

So back to Jeeps. I began looking and figured that since I had paid $9,000+ for an ATV, what if I could get an older Jeep for $3-5,000. As you experienced, Jeeps in that range were 10-15 years old and most had 120,000 to 200,000 miles on them. I took a run at one for like $7,000 which was more cash than I was willing to spend and the bank turned me down due to the Jeeps age and mileage.

So I began focusing on newer and lower mileage Jeeps. After several months of scouring Car Gurus and Craigslist, I found my 2010 with 37,000 miles a little over a year ago at a used dealer about an hour from where I live asking $18,000. Quite a bit more than where I began but hell its a Jeep.
It was dark blue with a black hard top and freedom panels and came equipped with a Sherpa roof rack. It's a 2 door Sport with a 6 speed which is fine for me. I haven't driven a stick regularly since I took my 1988 Ford f-350 dump truck off the road 10 years ago.

As others have stated, it comes back pretty quickly and now 1 year later I don't even think about it.

So, hang in there and be patient. Mine started life in FL so it hadn't suffered a salty NE death its whole life and it is only marginally rusted underneath. I plan to stay ahead of that with occasional sanding and a coat or rust reformer every so often.

They are out there, keep looking and don't rule out the 6 speeds, they really can be fun.
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What are you wanting the jeep for is my first question? Is it for road and daily driving or is it for off road fun. I was looking for offroad fun, daily driver second. IF that is the case and you are not hung up on the title, look at COPART. You can buy MINIMAL damage running vehicles for a fraction of the cost! Make GREAT platforms for off road vehicles!
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We used cargurus dot com and got our 2017 JKU, with 32K miles, for just under $24K...
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What are you wanting the jeep for is my first question? Is it for road and daily driving or is it for off road fun. I was looking for offroad fun, daily driver second. IF that is the case and you are not hung up on the title, look at COPART. You can buy MINIMAL damage running vehicles for a fraction of the cost! Make GREAT platforms for off road vehicles!
My Jeep now and the one I’m looking for is a daily driver and off road fun Jeep. It’s my main vehicle everyday and I usually go wheeling a few times a month when there isn’t several feet of snow on the ground.

I keep a close eye on Car Gurus, CARFAX, and cars.com

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