They say that once you’re in a jeep, you can be anyone you’d like to be. You could be Farrah Fawcett, Ronald Reagan or David Beckham. This is because there is something about that vintage look of the jeep that gives its user an extraordinary look. But you are not buying a used jeep just because you want to be somebody that’s famous, right? Before you start shopping, better check out the following tips first before going out to shop for that jeep of your dreams.
A Thorough Once Over is a Must
Before buying a used Jeep, make sure that you take the time to give it a very thorough once-over. Of course, you have to do this in broad daylight to ensure you clearly see everything. Check for any signs of rust inside. Examine the trunk and the overall condition of the Jeep’s interior. While you’re driving it, listen to any signs of banging noise or any unusual sound that could signal a damaged part inside. If it’s a used Jeep, it is most likely that you will be seeing some amount of rusts here and there. But, if the amount of rust is too much that it already covers most of the frame or the undercarriage, better think twice. If the rust is too thick that you can already poke your finger on it and it gets holed, then leave it in the seller’s place. Too much rust could spell danger so don’t waste your money on it.
Know When to Grab a Rusty Opportunity
Rusty jeeps do not always mean that they can no longer be used. For buyers who are just looking forward to driving off road for some extraordinary adventure, a rusty jeep may also be a good option. This is because a rusty look could also mean a cheaper price. For as long as the rusts do not indicate that something is seriously wrong with the jeep, then rust could be your best friend when negotiating for the price. In other words, you can save lots of money by opting for a rusty jeep that is still in a very good driving condition or at least one that does not require you to spend way too much on Dodge spare parts.
Forget About the Mileage
Mileage really doesn’t matter especially for used jeeps. The most important thing is to check whether the jeep is properly taken care of. A well-maintained used jeep can still last for 150,000 miles. So, don’t get fooled when you’re offered with a hefty price for a jeep that has low mileage. So, what should you focus on when in the process of choosing a used jeep to buy? Look under the hood. The engine coolant must be green and not brown. Examine its transmission fluid and listen carefully so you can easily notice any weird noises coming from it while you’re road testing. The head gaskets must also be checked. Look for any sign of oil leaks. Failure to check on these things may only lead you to spend more on repair.