If you're in the market for a Jeep Wrangler, your toughest choice is likely going to entail deciding on buying a new or used vehicle. The 2013 models have been revealed and are clear improvements over previous years. However, if you're on a budget, a used car may be exactly what you're looking for.
If you're looking to purchase a new Jeep Wrangler, expect to pay around ,000, which is considered to be on the low end for a compact SUV. However, this is the base price with bare bones features. You may find that you desire different features that will come with the car. On average, people usually end up paying around ,000 for a new car with features such as entertainment options and paint finishes. If you are looking to buy a new car, you can expect a vehicle with a pristine interior and top of the line speed and acceleration.
Another option is to lease a Jeep Wrangler. You will find that the monthly payments will be reduced and affordable and the down payment is cheaper than what will be required with financing the purchase of the car. Leasing can help you save money every month to spend on other important aspects of your life. However, the contract you sign can be complex, but you have the chance to buy the car once the lease ends. You'll need to be assured that you can keep to the terms of the lease (such as only driving a certain number of miles each year), or you'll be forced to pay major penalties. If you have the time, you can also unload the car and transfer the lease whenever you feel it is time, so you're not tied down to your vehicle.
If you do not have the money to lease or buy a new Jeep Wrangler, there are still options. Consider an older model that is reliable at the fraction of the cost. There is always an element of risk involved with buying a used vehicle, especially if you don't have a mechanical background. Your best bet is likely to do as much research as possible and try to find somebody to help you who has plenty of car experience. The bluebook value should give you a good range of an appropriate price to spend on an older vehicle. If you have a specific car in mind, make sure you obtain a complete car history.
Once you have decided on the car you like, you can decide to buy a car from auto dealership or a private seller. A private seller will likely give you a better deal, but come with a high risk. You'll likely find that the cost of needed repairs won't be worth what you paid for the vehicle, plus you cannot count on any consumer protection. An auto dealership will always give you an inflated price, regardless if the car is new or used, but they will work with you to finance your Jeep Wrangler.