Shopping for New or Used Jeep Wrangler – What to Know

November 17th, 2016 by

It’s been 75 years. 75 years of Jeep heritage that has branded a community of its own. It all began in 1941 with the first Jeep ever, the Wrangler, used in WWII. Since then, the Jeep brand has blown up into a full line-up of vehicles, from SUVs to crossovers, but the Wrangler is one of the most iconic.

Jeeps were made to be played with and to get dirty, and they are also meant to be shared. That’s why earlier this year, Jeep started a new online campaign to honor its 75th anniversary. It’s the “My Jeep Story”, a global outreach program for Jeep owners to share their stories about their Jeep. Whether it’s your favorite vehicle to drive, or given you a sense of community, Jeep is there.

Versatility is another thing that comes to mind for a Jeep. Sure, you can race them and become off-road racing champion. You can also go camping with them, there’s plenty of accessories to choose from. But let’s face it, Jeeps are made for off-road adventures and individualization. That’s why the Wrangler is one of the most popular in the line-up – it really is like a giant lego set, able to switch out the door panels, roof, and can be modified for whatever you wish.

So if you’re looking for a Jeep Wrangler, there’s some stuff you should know.

Dig Deeper

No, we don’t mean dig up some dirt, although the Wrangler is known to get dirty. We mean dig up some information. Before any automobile purchase, a smart shopper is an informed shopper. Do some research on the Wrangler, learn about its eight trims and the features on them. This Wrangler landing page might help. Or maybe the Wrangler Unlimited is more your style? We have a few of each in stock.

Also learn about Jeep’s Trail Rated off-road performance, and its 4×4 systems. Jeep vehicles, like the Wrangler, can handle snow, rock, sand, and mud, and will ride on through effortlessly. They’re also powered by a 285-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine. The real shine though is in the Wrangler’s two 4×4 systems, the Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4. The former delivers equal power to all four wheels to keep it balanced at all times; for more control and torque, the Rock-Trac 4×4 is made for going off-road, with a 4:1 low-gear ratio for rock crawling at a lower speed but with greater torque.

All that’s left is, do you want a new or used Jeep Wrangler?

Buying it Used

If buying a used Jeep Wrangler there are two things you should do when shopping — require a history report if going to a dealer or a private seller. You want to know if it’s been in any accidents and if it has had any major repairs due to lemon laws or flooding. Basically, you don’t want to get stuck with a vehicle that will cost more in repairs than it’s worth.

Going for that New Car Smell?

You may want to wait for 2017 to roll around if you want a new Jeep. The 2017 Jeep lineup is getting pretty fierce, and a Jeep Wranger Pickup Truck is already in the works. Still, no one can blame you if you can’t wait. There’s still plenty to love about the 2016 Wranglers still in dealership lots around the world.

When buying new though, keep in mind the price and the cost of aftermarket add-ons. Unless you’re buying a Wrangler for your daily commute (haha, sure you are), then you need to consider how much more you’re going to be paying in the end for water crossing and mudding Jeep mods. So keep your budget in mind.

Once all is said and done, know that the customization doesn’t end with the roof and the doors. There are plenty of Mopar Custom Auto Jeep accessories for making your Wrangler one of a kind. We even have a few popular accessories we regularly install at our Hollywood Chrysler Jeep Service Department.

Either way you slice it, the future of Jeep is bright, and if you’re a Jeep Wrangler owner, you’re in for some surprises in the future of Jeep construction.

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