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I'm looking into buying my first Wrangler (used of course and my first vehicle off a dealer lot). I'm wondering if now is the season to buy, or do I wait for spring when more people are trading in their slightly older models?
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Don't know the answer to your question from a buyer's/seller's market standpoint. But the longer you put it off, the longer you'll be Jeepless. There are always deals to be had, regardless of the season...

In my opinion, now is a good time to buy because salesmen are trying to meet end-of-year quotas and the new YM is out.

Why wait?

In the interest of full disclosure, I'm not all that frugal.
 

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I'm looking into buying my first Wrangler (used of course and my first vehicle off a dealer lot). I'm wondering if now is the season to buy, or do I wait for spring when more people are trading in their slightly older models?
Any thoughts?
Something to watch out for: Wranglers are built to go off-road; sorry to belabor the obvious, but there it is. While not everyone takes em off-road, be wary of buying someone else's problem. Just because a Jeep has a lift and bigger tires doesn't mean either one was properly installed. A crappy lift can cause you very expensive problems not too far down the road. Add to that poor or incomplete installation, and we're talking financial *******.

If you end up considering a used Jeep that's been modded, I'd advise you to take someone with you who can inspect it from a mechanical standpoint and tell you whether or not it's in sound shape. Preferably someone who knows Jeeps. You may find this shocking, but a lot of dealers don't know enough about Wranglers to mod them properly.

There's a temptation to buy a Jeep with tall lifts and big tires. In most instances I'd steer clear of this. Unless you plan on rock crawling, you don't need a lift over 2.5" - 3" on a Wrangler. More than enough to run 35" tires – although both lift and tires of that size generally require several other expensive mods, to do em right.

Personally, I'd much prefer to buy a stock Jeep and mod it myself. That way, if something goes wrong, I can curse myself. Much more satisfying than railing ineffectually at some moron whose name I'll never know. :)
 

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In my area (Southwest VA) Wranglers go for top dollar in the Spring. Resale is great on 'em, but I've noticed 01-02's softops going for 7-8K right now when 6 months ago that price range would've gotten you 98-2000. Except to pay up for a hardtop going into winter.
 

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Best time to buy is the end of September through November as dealers clear inventory for the new model year. If you wait until December you might not find one equipped the way you want.
 
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