6 Tips for Buying a Jeep

February 28, 2012

If you want to buy a new or used Jeep, you should be surprised by the number of options to consider. While it may look like all Jeeps are alike, there are actually big differences between different makes and models. To help you choose the right vehicle, here are a few buying tips to consider.

Tip 1 - Know What Kind of Jeep You Want

While most of us think of Jeeps as those boxy framed automobiles, there are actually other vehicles in that family. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, for instance, is an SUV, and so is the TJ. There are pickup truck models of Jeeps, like the Comanches, as well as the classic Jeeps themselves. Determine what kind of vehicle you might want to look into.

Tip 2 - Think about Insurance Costs

There are differences in the cost of insurance from one year or model to the next. If you are having trouble deciding what to get, contact your insurance agent for a quote on the different options you have. A few extra dollars a month in saving may be all you need to push you into a choice.

Tip 3 - Consider Towing Abilities

If you need a Jeep with a high towing capacity, you will need to think about that ahead of time. You know your plans for your vehicle, so think about the heaviest thing you plan on hauling with it and then pick a year and model that will accommodate that. For the most part, the newer you go, the more you will be able to haul. So think about getting a newer vehicle if you need a lot of towing to be done.

Tip 4 - Understand the Space in Each Vehicle

Different models have different levels of comfort associated with them. A Jeep Grand Cherokee, for instance, can be great for comfortable vacation drives, while a standard Jeep may feel cramped after awhile. If you have a large family and want a decent amount of room to hold them all, the Jeep SUVs will be your best option.

Tip 5 - Check the History

Before you buy any vehicle, including a Jeep Wrangler, you have to consider what has happened to the vehicle in the past. Since Jeeps are often associated with off-roading, many of them have been in a few accidents. You need to get a full history of the vehicle to see if the damage was internal, if there was any at all. Have a mechanic inspect the car before you buy it if you want to be on the safe side.

Tip 6 - Look at the Mileage

Jeeps rack up miles pretty quickly because people use them so often. If you can snag a good deal on a low miled Jeep, do so. You will likely need all the room for driving you can get. Figure out how many miles you may drive in a year to see what the lifespan of the Jeep may be. You can make a wise investment from there.

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