Buying Used Jeeps or New Jeeps: Which Is the Best Option?

Jeep is one of the most popular vehicle brands. But should you buy new Jeeps or is buying used Jeeps worth it? Here's our recommendation.
 

When it comes to brand recognition, the story behind Jeep verges on mythic. From its inception in 1941, Jeeps helped tow antitank weapons, served as battlefield ambulances, and moved mounted anti-infantry machine guns during WWII.

The all-terrain vehicle earned a reputation for being tough, lightweight, and essential to defeating the Axis powers. From the beaches of Normandy to Berlin, Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima and the mainland of Japan.

Of course, Jeep has come a long way since WWII. Today's new models start in the $35,000 to $45,000 range, and their resale values don't budge much below that. This begs the question: is buying used Jeeps worth it?

Keep reading for an in-depth look at the advantages and disadvantages of going new versus used with America's favorite car brand.

High Resale Values 

Let's use the example of the Jeep Wrangler to illustrate just how ridiculously high the resale value can be. 

Head over to a reputable car dealer's website, and you'll see that new Wrangler models (no matter the year) run around $37,775. Yet, used ones from 2016 still average a sturdy $37,246. 

When you look at these numbers, it might not compute why you'd purchased a used model only to save $50 over its newer version. This remains a valid question and one that depends on how you intend to use the vehicle.

If you're looking for a factory Jeep, then going new makes sense. Not only does it cost little more than a used model, but it's nice knowing your vehicle has never been despoiled by another owner.

It also ensures the latest in Jeep Wrangler reliability. After all, there are definitely Jeep Wrangler models to avoid such as anything prior to 2012. That's because 2012 marked the introduction of a better engine and automatic transmission.

That said, there's a time and a place for a used Jeep. Even a 2007 model has its place according to some Jeepers. Let's take a look at instances where going used makes more sense. 

When Buying Used Jeeps Make Sense

Some used Jeeps can sell for big bucks when modified. These modifications include everything from sought-after wheels to larger tires and myriad aftermarket off-roading goodies.

If you're looking for a vehicle that's going to do a lot of off-roading or rock crawling, then a new, unmodified vehicle won't give you what you demand in terms of performance.

In this case, going used makes sense, especially if you don't want a project on your hands. That said if you're the type that loves working in the garage, and you're picky when it comes to modifications, go new and make the changes yourself.  

There's also a market for blinged-out Jeeps created to tear up urban streets. You can find these modified vehicles in a wide variety of colors and featuring plenty of flashy accessories.

There are even dealerships that specialize in creating one-of-a-kind pimped out rides. These colorful, flashy cars can sell for upwards of $100,000. No joke.

If this is what you're looking for, then a new Jeep straight from the factory simply isn't going to cut it. Unless you're a fan of DIY car projects.

More Reasons to Consider Going Used

Besides the ultimate expedition vehicle or a blingy ride worthy of a celebrity, there are still more reasons to consider a used Jeep. As you may already know, Jeeps come in a wide variety of option packages including trim and color choices.

If you've got your heart set on a certain color, trim, or both, you may not be able to find it in a new model near you. That's when it makes sense to start searching the used market to get the vehicle of your dreams.

That way, instead of traveling thousands of miles to get the orange Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Freedom Edition that you've always longed for, you can find it much closer to home, if ever-so-gently used. 

Finding the Ultimate Off-Road Expedition Vehicle

There's also an active debate in the Jeep world about whether older or newer Jeeps do better on the off-roading trail. Some Jeepers swear by the newer 3.6-liter Pentastar when it comes to all-terrain driving.

Yet, others remain devoted to the 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine. This was discontinued in 2007, which makes this a year prized by some off-roaders.

Of course, it's less efficient than the 3.6-liter Pentastar now in use. But when it comes to off-roading expeditions, fuel-efficiency isn't a primary concern. 

But off-roaders do agree when it comes to one thing about Jeeps. The rear Dana 44-axle represents the best update Jeep ever made. 

New Versus Used Jeeps

When it's all said and done, deciding between a new and used Jeep requires thoroughly considering what you'd like to get out of your vehicle.

If you're looking for the ultimate off-roading experience, for example, you'll be disappointed by a brand new Jeep straight from the factory. That is unless you're the kind of person who likes to make your own modifications.

Hardcore Jeepers with strong feelings about the 4.0-liter engine should also go the used route. That way, they'll have the engine of their dreams. 

If you're looking for an impossibly flashy ride for your daily commute, then you should also opt for a used vehicle with all of the updates and trimming. A used vehicle is your best option yet again.

Finally, if you have your heart set on a certain trim, color, or combination of the two, then you may need to go with a used vehicle.

Sure, some dealership in the country has the vehicle of your dreams. But if going used saves you a 5,416-mile cross country trip, then it's well worth it. 

Why Americans Love Jeeps

Jeeps are as American as apple pie and baseball. They also boast a decorated past as a military vehicle that helped turned the tide of WWII.

Today, consumers purchase them for a wide variety of reasons. Some do it for patriotic reasons while others are looking for a great all-terrain vehicle. Still, others love the iconic brand and want to show it off with upgrades and embellishments.

Why do you want to own a Jeep? The answer to this question will ultimately help you decide between buying used Jeeps and new ones.

Contact us today to discuss your unique needs and why you'd love to own one of these amazing vehicles. 


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