You begin to salivate like Pavlov's dogs because you have always wanted a cool Jeep, but couldn't afford a new one.
Here's your chance!
You do a quick once over and then call the number on the sign.
The 20-something owner shows up and tells you that this beauty was only driven to school and church, and maybe has been off the road a couple of times.
You take a closer look and notice maybe a few minor dings and scratches, but hey!...you can't expect perfection in a used Jeep...right?
You take a test drive and although there are a few "funny" sounds coming from somewhere..IT'S PERFECT?
You tell yourself this Jeep is what you've always wanted. You've got the fever!
The 20-something owner tells you he needs the cash to finish his college education, and even though you think the price is a bit higher than you feel comfortable with...you justify paying the asking price to help this young man pursue his higher education.
Okay, now you have the Jeep of your dreams...right?
At first everything seems fine until you notice the Jeep isn't tracking well (going smoothly in a straight line).
You finally take it to your trusted mechanic to take a look.
To your horror your mechanic begins pointing out one flaw after another...frame out of alignment...cracked transfer case...water in the crankcase oil...and rust spots covered by the new $99.00 paint job.
Okay, maybe the kid skipped church a few Sundays to go off roading. What now!
When you decide to buy a used Jeep or any used car for that matter:
Do your homework
Narrow your search to several possibilities
If you have little or no mechanical knowledge...take a mechanic or knowledgeable friend along
Inspect the used Jeep thoroughly for signs of abuse or misuse such as new paint or significant touch-ups, rust, musty interior smells, unusual engine noises, dirty oil, grinding gears, poor steering or tracking and signs of undercarriage scrapes or dents. (This is where your mechanic comes in handy)
Don't salivate...this will distort your thinking...not to mention get your chin all wet
If you're unsure about anything don't hesitate to walk away.
Larry's words of wisdom: Never be in a hurry to part with your hard earned cash.
Don't put any cash down to "hold" the vehicle while you check your finances unless you trust the dealer/owner implicitly, or you're absolutely sure you can do the deal
Don't let looks fool you. Many used cars and especially used Jeeps look good at first glance.
More of Larry's words of wisdom: You can't judge a book by its cover! Now isn't that original?
And finally...know what you are getting into...most Jeeps are unique special purpose vehicles with distinct characteristics unlike many other familiar vehicles
The same applies to the other Jeep models especially those with 4-wheel drive, although the "universal" Wrangler and CJ models are more likely to be well used and possibly abused in the dirt.
Other Available 4x4 Jeeps...Grand Cherokee..Cherokee XJ ..Commander..Liberty..Patriot..and Compass
Also it bears noting here that some Jeeps often become more valuable as they age, especially the Wrangler, CJ's, and of course the Willys Military models. Therefore, expect a higher asking price for the more popular or collectible models.
Again, the condition of a used Jeep is critical unless you are a rebuilder/restorer...and the initial purchase price is also equitable.