For decades Jeep Wranglers have been associated with off road activities, no matter if they featured soft or hard tops. All in all, this car was normally the first thing people think of at the same time someone mentions “off-roading”.
When buying a used Jeep Wrangler, the best thing is that you choose the model and the year that will make all your off road adventures more exciting. Another thing why this car is favoured among off roaders is the fact that it is much cheaper than the newer counterparts, however we must agree that buying a used vehicle always brings certain risks with it, so we will try to help our readers minimize those risks by providing them useful tips for a much better purchase process.
When buying a used Jeep Wrangler, the first thing you should take into consideration is to choose sellers that live near you, if possible of course. You can easily find used Jeep’s at local Jeep dealerships, or you can also scan local ads, search online, etc. Once you find a preferred model, contact the seller and set up a time in order to see the vehicle.
When looking the chosen vehicle, it is of a great importance that you carefully evaluate the model. For example, it is also useful that we mention that models with hard tops are more expensive to be replaced if needed, and also this requires more than one person at a time to carefully remove it from the top of the vehicle. Soft top models are another option, and better choice at this point, as soft tops can be easily changed if required.
Another thing that you should verify is the ownership history as well as its maintenance history. This information might be obtained harder from a private seller however, in most of the situations private sellers do tend keeping records of maintenance if they used their Jeep Wrangler for off-roading.
While inspecting the vehicle, it is also very important that you take it for a test drive, and if possible test it on a route that involves all kinds of roads surfaces. This way, it will be much easier for you to see how the vehicle handles different types of driving surfaces, and before and after the ride, make sure to also give a peek under the hood to see whether there are some damages or maybe improperly fitting belts or hoses. Don’t forget to check the tires, engine and steering.
When buying a used Jeep Wrangler, it is important that you check its recall history. For example, it is enough if we just mention that there were about 250000 Wranglers recalled because of brake problems between 2006 and 2010. If this is the case with the vehicle you are planning to buy, the dealership should have made all necessary repairs on the vehicle for free. But, it is your duty as a buyer to check whether the vehicle really got those repairs.
In the end, if you are unsure of the quality of a vehicle you are planning to buy, the best thing would be to have a certified mechanic inspect it for you as they will always know what to look for and can easily point out any possible problems with the car.
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