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I posted this over in the General Discussion forum, but I wondered if any of the locals could give me some help....

I'm seriously considering this Jeep for sale at Prestige in Vegas. I've never owned a Jeep before, but have always wanted one, especially on orange one.

I'm just looking for general advice in things to watch out for on used 2011 Jeeps. Any particular things I should be wary of?

I know this one has a lot of miles, but from the carfax it looks like it may have been used to commute from Vegas to Elko. It's probably going to need new tires soon, but that's okay because I planned to put on new rims and duratracs anyway. It looks to me like it's pretty stock, so I don't have to worry about botched lifts or anything like that.

They're asking $27,881. Plus they charge doc fees and tax and stuff. KBB looks to be $30k+, so it seems like a decent asking price.

Anybody bought from Prestige? Anything they try to tack on at the end?

Thanks for your help!

Used 2011 Jeep Wrangler Unlmtd Rubicon For Sale in Las Vegas NV | PN7075A
 

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I was looking to save some money and test drove a few with the 3.8 motor. I test drove a 12 with the 3.6 and bought it that night. Quite a sufferance in power. I did not get the Rubi. But next summer it will have new gears and locked front/rear.
 

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...I am not sure where to start...
First, I personally am not a fan of Prestige or Josh Towbin. Just a personal thing. That shop has a tendency of...well...they dont call them Stealerships for nothing. I ended up picking up my JKU at Centennial for a steal. So I highly recommend you shop around. Mine was way way way below blue book and runs like a top, but I also do my own work on it.

Second, I suggest you test drive a 2012 or newer. It might be a tad more than you would want to spend (possibly) but they do have a LOT more power.

Three, if it is a hardtop make sure when you test drive there is no whistling. If there is have them pressure wash it and hit the top drivers side while you are in it. Make sure there are no leaks, some do and while it isn't a "hard" fix it is something to fix none the less.

Check the under body, see how the skids are. If they are scratched and dented to hell you know it was wheeled and possibly hard so you would have to check for other things, such as a bend front axle. Check to see if there are any mods on it. If it was owned by another forum member(any jeep forum for the most part) there will be some mods. Such as side marker lights flashing when you hit the turn signal. Look in the glove box, mine had the original build sheet and owner name. I am the third owner and that sheet helped answer a few questions. Mine was fully stock when I got it, lol.

One thing I always do when testing a used vehicle is drive it very slow in a lot with windows down, listening for any clicking [signs of locker or possible problem(s)], look for fluid leaks and the part I sometimes enjoy more than anything, shaking the heck out of it to test the shocks and watch the salesman's face. :) If it stops rocking after a few rocks shocks are good. If it keeps going past 2 or 3 they will need to be replaced soon. It also allows you to listen for any binding or metal on metal contact, not always possible but can be.

Hope that helps a little. Lastly, do your research. Last time I was on that lot I had multiple salesmen try and sell me a JKU that had numerous issues and was way over priced. I pointed them all out and they tried to do the old smoke and mirrors and tell me it was supposed to make those noises. LOL. Each experience is different there though and in general all dealers suck...some more so than others.

Perhaps check out Chapman and Sahara too. Chapman has Jeepers that work there and speak our talk and Sahara I hear good things about plus the service manager is a or was a Jeeper.
 

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Thanks guys, good info!

I'd love to buy it at Chapman, but they don't have anything I'm interested in at the moment. I'll just have to be patient.

I wish they had Mango Tango on the 2012. The Crush is too orange for me. Maybe I'll just wait for a copperhead 2014.
 

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I wish they had Mango Tango on the 2012. The Crush is too orange for me. Maybe I'll just wait for a copperhead 2014.
Agreed. It just takes time. :( Fear not you will find the rig you want.
 

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I would second not dealing with prestige. I have tried them on multiple occasions from purchasing to service. I avoid that place like the plague.

It always amazed me just how much they sell used jeeps for here. If you join Tread Lightly, you can get a no haggle 1% under invoice.

When I got my 2013, after all of the discounts, I was within 1k of the trade in value of my 2011.
 

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My wife informed me the other day she will start shopping for an additional JKU! I think this is Gina get expensive fast! Lol. Told her about the tread lightly but we figured it would only save about $200 bucks. How much, ball park, did it save for you?
 

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My wife informed me the other day she will start shopping for an additional JKU! I think this is Gina get expensive fast! Lol. Told her about the tread lightly but we figured it would only save about $200 bucks. How much, ball park, did it save for you?
At least $1K or more based on the model. Hit me up and I can give you my buddies name at Chapman. If you drop my name and say that I sent you, I will split the $200 referral check that I get with you if you end up buying. Heck I just cashed one last night for the Wrangler that a Co-worker bought.
 

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By the way... Usaa, Costco, and a few other prices are normally close to 1% under invoice too, but those prices are negotiated by each individual dealer. The tread lightly is an actual Chrysler program that is 1% under invoice and the dealer has to accept it, plus they get 1% back from Chrysler.
 
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