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Old 01-08-2020, 01:27 PM
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Need advice: Thinking about selling JKUHR for Gladiator

I'm thinking about selling my 2015 JKUHR for a Gladiator, probably Rubicon trim. I know I want to sell my Jeep privately rather than losing a boatload of money on a trade. I also know you guys are discerning Jeep owners who have given fantastic advice in the past.

With that being said, what sort of ballpark figure should I expect for a Jeep with the following features:

* Tank Hard Rock Rubicon with manual transmission and 93,000 miles
* 1 owner, factory ordered, never abused offroad. The only blemish is an A-pillar dimple on the driver's side where my door got away from me when I was removing them one time. It's barely noticeable, but it still pisses me off every time I look at it.
* Premium soft top in good shape (no scratches, clouding, etc.), factory leather, Sirius, side air bags
* Zone 3" lift, 35x12.50x17 mud terrains on factory Rubi wheels with 1.75" spacers
* CB, cheapo Amazon fog/driving cubes, Warn 10K winch with synthetic line
* Metalcloak Overland front and rear fenders with front inners

A couple of things: I know mods/add-ons don't add any value, per se, but I also know if a Jeep has the right kind of "look," it might motivate the right buyer. I am not delusional in thinking I'll get all my money back on the upgrades I've done, but if the consensus is that I'll take an absolute beating on selling it, I'll just drive it till the wheels fall off.

The thing is, I really like my Jeep, but I can't really justify having a two-vehicle household, and I also want a truck. The Gladiator is pretty much the only vehicle I'd consider parting with my current Jeep for.

Thoughts on what I might get for my Rubi?

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That's really high miles for a 2015. You'll take a hit there. I'd do high blue book and add 5k. Some local markets can suppprt a higher number, some can't.

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A quick skim of craigslist in my area suggests around $25k for yours.
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I know the mileage is going to be a hit. I'm prepared for that. I'm wondering if there is going to be a substantial difference in 93k now versus over 100k in a few months if I wait to sell.
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Check what others are asking in your area, and set a price you’d be happy with. Worst case no one shows interest and that will answer your question.

After 100k miles financing often gets tricker—rates go up, some banks won’t finance, though credit unions may; this tends to limit the buyer pool.
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I know the mileage is going to be a hit. I'm prepared for that. I'm wondering if there is going to be a substantial difference in 93k now versus over 100k in a few months if I wait to sell.
93k vs. 100k isn't a big enough difference to loose really anything in the private market...BUT, listed with over 100k might have the vehicle not even show up on some searches if people select the "under 100k" tab and therefore narrow your market of buyers. Just something to consider...
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I would love to trade for a Gladiator as well, but I also love my JKU. Since it seems you are worried about the difference between the sale prices of your Jeep and the new Gladiator (who isn't), you could consider a Sport with the max tow package. You get heavier axles than even the Rubicon I believe. Then for $1k put a Truetrac in the rear axle and quick disconnects on the front swaybar. You now have a very capable truck for $5k to $10k less than a Rubicon.
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If I could get $30k out of it (a stretch, maybe, with my mileage), I'd be in a Gladiator the next day.

Maybe I should just keep the damned thing and buy a 10-year-old F150 with 150k miles.
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If you have a sales tax in your area, take that into consideration. I always do the calc between that and trade-in value to see if the tax consequence makes sense. If you trade in, there’s no hassle letting lots of other people poke the tires and take a drive.

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If I could get $30k out of it (a stretch, maybe, with my mileage), I'd be in a Gladiator the next day.

Maybe I should just keep the damned thing and buy a 10-year-old F150 with 150k miles.
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Just dropping in to say...Thatís a great looking Jeep!!


I canít get over the Gladiators look so I canít support the change. Iíd have to drop some serious coin to get past that minor flaw.




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If you have a sales tax in your area, take that into consideration. I always do the calc between that and trade-in value to see if the tax consequence makes sense. If you trade in, thereís no hassle letting lots of other people poke the tires and take a drive.

I was a hardcore private sale only person until last summer when I traded in my Audi S4 for a MB. As you said, the sales tax savings benefit was the kicker. I had tried to sell the S4, but got too many people that just wanted to hot rod my modded and tuned S4 then would low ball my price. It just wasnít worth the hassle to me for a couple grand. - I got better things to be doing with my time.
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How often do you really need a truck? I have a 1500lb. GVWR trailer that on those few times I really need a truck to haul something.

Nothing is more economical than your current vehicle if it's running OK. And on top of that, you have a really sweet looking ride.

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I traded my very low mileage 2016 JKU WW for a JT. Trade values were all over the board from different dealers.

Prior to going to dealership from which I ultimately purchased my JT, I requested an online purchase quote from Carvana.
Will give you a general idea where you should be. Very simple to do.

Will not go into the details, but the quote help negotiate a good trade value. PA has a 6% sales tax, so the trade made more sense than selling privately.
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Does a trade in reduce sales tax on a new vehicle purchase? Mostly interested in a California vehicle purchase.
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Does a trade in reduce sales tax on a new vehicle purchase? Mostly interested in a California vehicle purchase.


In some states they give you a credit. I donít believe CA gives you a credit. Hopefully some one from CA can chime in.


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Does a trade in reduce sales tax on a new vehicle purchase? Mostly interested in a California vehicle purchase.
Both Colorado and Georgia do. Like Leadnut said, if the two are within a couple thousand Iíll likely just trade in because of the reduced hassle.
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If I could get $30k out of it (a stretch, maybe, with my mileage), I'd be in a Gladiator the next day.

Maybe I should just keep the damned thing and buy a 10-year-old F150 with 150k miles.

I bought a 14 yo F150 with 127K miles
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North Carolina also has the tax reduction using the trades value.
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The Gladiator is a really cute vehicle but if you really need a pickup then look at the big 3, buy a used one and keep your Jeep. (useful pickups have 8" beds and haul/tow stuff)
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The Gladiator is a really cute vehicle but if you really need a pickup then look at the big 3, buy a used one and keep your Jeep. (useful pickups have 8" beds and haul/tow stuff)
Not many people haul plywood sheets. Useful for you is not useful for others.

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Not many people haul plywood sheets. Useful for you is not useful for others.

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Interesting statement... I mean if you live in a city then yeah....but out here in the country....everyone hauls plywood....
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Interesting statement... I mean if you live in a city then yeah....but out here in the country....everyone hauls plywood....
I also live "in the country". Only contractors drive long beds.

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I also live "in the country". Only contractors drive long beds.

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Interesting statement... I mean if you live in a city then yeah....but out here in the country....everyone hauls plywood....
Judging by the Jeep in your avatar, you don't wheel a station wagon.....me either
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The Gladiator is the worst of both worlds. As a truck, the bed is too small and the 3.6L minivan engine will struggle to tow any type of trailer. As an off-road vehicle, it's way too long to navigate any type of trail that has switchbacks and tight turns. And the breakover angle will see you bottoming out over obstacles that your JK would have no problem with. I have a pickup to tow my travel trailer and for everyday driving. My 2015 JKUR is my toy and I'm keeping it as long as I'm able to go wheeling.
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That is one sweet rig! I couldn’t part with it, if it were me. Get a trailer of some sort or a cheap used truck for hauling needs. I believe you said the Jeep has been probably free...? Is it paid off as well? If so...those are 2 huge advantages
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The Gladiator is the worst of both worlds. As a truck, the bed is too small and the 3.6L minivan engine will struggle to tow any type of trailer. As an off-road vehicle, it's way too long to navigate any type of trail that has switchbacks and tight turns. And the breakover angle will see you bottoming out over obstacles that your JK would have no problem with. I have a pickup to tow my travel trailer and for everyday driving. My 2015 JKUR is my toy and I'm keeping it as long as I'm able to go wheeling.
Calling it a minivan engine is cute. And dismissive. That engine has been around a long time and in many different vehicles. It also puts out 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

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I have a 8' long bed diesel Dodge truck. 287,000 miles and drives like new (looks like new too). It's hauled and pulled lots of everything including plywood. But I bought a single axle steel trailer with a steel gate in the back for driving things on it a few years ago to haul my four wheeler for elk hunting. It soon started hauling riding lawnmowers, snowblowers, appliances, fire wood, building materials etc. behind my JKU. Now the truck does a lot of sitting in the garage. But you never know....I might need it some day!!!!

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