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    Jeep JK Purchase Help.

    Hello All!!! First post here and am admittedly not a Jeep owner yet. These damn things are hard to buy.
    We've been looking for awhile and had a little push when a lady decided she thought my wife's care needed a little remodeling down the side about a month ago. The little car she had totalled and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pick up a Jeep. We've been renting them every time we get a chance whether it's a stripped down one from Enterprise or a brand new Rubi from one of the guys in Ouray / Montrose. So, we kinda decided we were looking for Red 13+ Rubicon to buy, drive stock until the tires wear out then build into a driver / trail rig. Ouray and Moab are probably the most difficult places I plan to run around so we were thinking it would be worth it to purchase the Rubicon over the Sahara as I'm thinking this Jeep will end up with a 3-4" lift, flat fenders, and 37's. The thought is that if we purchase the Rubicon we'd be good with running D44's with gussets and a truss for the 37's. This Jeep has the 3.73's in it but I imagine I'll need 4.88's or 5.13's when we move up to 37's anyway.

    Here's where my problem begins. As I've been looking for these things, I've missed several over $500-$1500 at dealers. I'm not able to find a private party to attempt to purchase from. Currently I'm looking at a hard top only 15 Rubicon with a black top and fenders and 38k miles for $31k. It's bone stock and looks like it's maybe been down a gravel road at some point in it's life, but that's about it. It does have factory black heated leather and the Alpine stereo. The dealer is literally willing to miss me over $462. This seems insane to me. Am I crazy thinking I should be able to deal on these or am I looking a gift horse in the mouth here? I've probably bought 15 cars and 100 motorcycles in my life and have NEVER had this hard of a time finding a deal on something. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!
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    Reality is that Wranglers are in a sellers market. One of the few vehicles out there that are. Deals can be had but you have to be ready to jump on them as soon as they come up.
    That doesn't sound like a bad deal at all.

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    Supply and demand.

    Jeep=Demand.

    A salesperson just recently told me: 'Every manufacturer has incentives. Jeep's incentive = You better buy it, because if you don't, someone else will.'
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    My ‘15 JKUR was 31k, minus the leather seats and no hard top. It also had 46k miles on it. That’s a good price, so buy it if you like it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WJCO View Post
    Supply and demand.

    Jeep=Demand.

    A salesperson just recently told me: 'Every manufacturer has incentives. Jeep's incentive = You better buy it, because if you don't, someone else will.'
    Totally agree with this. Sounds like a good deal.
    Find somebody who knows Jeeps and get a good look underneath. If it’s clean and straight, buy it!


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    Jeep JK Purchase Help.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt-tastic View Post
    Hello All!!! First post here and am admittedly not a Jeep owner yet. These damn things are hard to buy.
    We've been looking for awhile and had a little push when a lady decided she thought my wife's care needed a little remodeling down the side about a month ago. The little car she had totalled and we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pick up a Jeep. We've been renting them every time we get a chance whether it's a stripped down one from Enterprise or a brand new Rubi from one of the guys in Ouray / Montrose. So, we kinda decided we were looking for Red 13+ Rubicon to buy, drive stock until the tires wear out then build into a driver / trail rig. Ouray and Moab are probably the most difficult places I plan to run around so we were thinking it would be worth it to purchase the Rubicon over the Sahara as I'm thinking this Jeep will end up with a 3-4" lift, flat fenders, and 37's. The thought is that if we purchase the Rubicon we'd be good with

    Here's where my problem begins. As I've been looking for these things, I've missed several over $500-$1500 at dealers. I'm not able to find a private party to attempt to purchase from. Currently I'm looking at a hard top only 15 Rubicon with a black top and fenders and 38k miles for $31k. It's bone stock and looks like it's maybe been down a gravel road at some point in it's life, but that's about it. It does have factory black heated leather and the Alpine stereo. The dealer is literally willing to miss me over $462. This seems insane to me. Am I crazy thinking I should be able to deal on these or am I looking a gift horse in the mouth here? I've probably bought 15 cars and 100 motorcycles in my life and have NEVER had this hard of a time finding a deal on something. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!!!!
    I don’t know if this is legit or not. The mention of “Dana 22 axles” and the maintenance having been done in San Mateo (400 miles from Los Angeles) raises suspicions. But if it is not a scam and you’re not wedded to red, it’s a killer deal.
    https://losangeles.craigslist.org/la...993569527.html



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    In February of this year I picked up a loaded 2017 JKUR Hard Rock edition, with about 13,000 miles, for $37,500. It was a private party sale so I did not have to pay sales tax which equates to saving about another $3k over a dealership purchase. It had never been in 4wd and never had the top or doors off.

    Just before that I was negotiating with a dealer in Las Vegas for a 2017 JKUR (not Hard Rock edition) and the sale fell through over about a $500 difference between what I wanted to pay and what the salesman was willing to do. In the end, losing the dealership sale got me a better equipped Jeep, with less miles, for less total money.

    Moral of the story...if I were you, I'd keep looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharkey View Post
    In February of this year I picked up a loaded 2017 JKUR Hard Rock edition, with about 13,000 miles, for $37,500. It was a private party sale so I did not have to pay sales tax which equates to saving about another $3k over a dealership purchase. It had never been in 4wd and never had the top or doors off.

    Just before that I was negotiating with a dealer in Las Vegas for a 2017 JKUR (not Hard Rock edition) and the sale fell through over about a $500 difference between what I wanted to pay and what the salesman was willing to do. In the end, losing the dealership sale got me a better equipped Jeep, with less miles, for less total money.

    Moral of the story...if I were you, I'd keep looking.
    DMV collects the sales tax based on the address of the owner when you transfer ownership here in CA.

    Of course you can forget a zero on a private party sale when you file... Or at least that's what I hear.



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    I have a buddy that ships a tonne south of the border the demand is so high. We get to sell for more then we would get in Canada , and you get to buy for less then you would pay there. He is doing about 15-20 a month. Might be an option if you can find a seller.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaddestCross View Post
    DMV collects the sales tax based on the address of the owner when you transfer ownership here in CA.
    That’s jacked up. In Nevada you don’t pay sales tax on private party. Dealership sales you do pay, even with an out of state dealer.


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