Looking for a Used Jeep in Indianapolis?

April 12th, 2019 by

A black 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee is parking outside a building a night. The Grand Cherokee is popular among used Jeeps for sale in Indianapolis.

Even to automotive novices, Jeeps are some of the most recognizable vehicles in history. Their distinctive shapes, particularly of the Wrangler and CJ-7, are unlike anything you will see on the roads, either here in the United States or abroad. These unmistakable vehicles have been around for a very long time, and they have one of the more interesting stories in the whole automotive world. Their origins can be traced back to World War II as service vehicles. They are still very much in service, although in a much different sense than their original intent. Used Jeeps for sale, in Indianapolis or elsewhere, can be found all over the place, whether at your local used car lot or the massive used car lot that is the internet.

Jeep currently offers nine different vehicle models, including five different versions of the iconic Jeep Wrangler. While we wish we had time to go into the fascinating history of the Jeep lineup, we will instead look at some of the advantages of buying a used Jeep vehicle and why you won’t regret it.

Buying Used

Obviously, the appeal of buying a brand new Jeep is pretty strong. New technology comes out every year that adds to the driving experience. These come in the form of safety features, driver assist features, infotainment, navigation, and more. To have a chance at the newest technology that Jeep has to offer is pretty enticing.

Unfortunately, a brand new Jeep is not in the cards for everyone. This could be for a variety of reasons, but it is mostly due to finances. New vehicles can get pricey, even those released by Jeep, which is known for high-quality SUVs at a very affordable price. A lot of that price tag has to do with the new technology included in those newer model years. Fortunately, even though automotive technology progresses every year, many new features wait until a new generation comes out to debut in that particular model.

What this means is that, for any given model vehicle, a generation will come out every few years. While generations differ even inside automakers, they typically will wait 4-5 years or longer between generations. Additionally, most vehicles get a “facelift” in the middle of its current generation, kind of like a mini-generation shift.

By and large, these vehicles will look the same from year to year within its current generation. Any major overhauls and changes will wait until the next generation debuts to be included. This is not always the case, but automakers all over the world generally follow this rule of thumb. This is great news for the used car market, as it allows for many years of the same model vehicle to go largely unchanged, with the noticeable difference of sticker price.

As anyone in the automotive world can attest, your vehicle instantly loses value the second that you drive it off the lot. This is called depreciation, and it is an unfortunate aspect of the vehicle market. Once it is considered “used”, it no longer has the same monetary value, regardless of how long you had it. It is a bad thing for the seller, but a great thing for the buyer.

Say, for instance, someone purchases a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee for having some outdoor fun. They know that this particular model has a long history of being a popular off-roading vehicle, and they want to join in on the fun. Soon after, something happens in his or her life that makes off-roading seem like less of a priority. This could be something good, like starting a family or getting a new job. It could also be something bad, like starting a family or getting a new job. Either way, off-roading in a new Jeep Grand Cherokee is no longer in the cards.

Now, this new buyer has to trade in a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee, with minimal miles and little to no wear and tear, for something more appropriate to a new station in life. The bad news, for him, is that his Jeep Grand Cherokee is not worth nearly as much as when he just recently drove it home. The good news, for you the buyer, is that you have a relatively brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee available for a significantly reduced cost.

Even if this poor fella’s fortune or misfortune occurred within the last couple of years, you still have a Jeep Grand Cherokee within the same generation. You will have virtually the same vehicle as a new one on the showroom floor, but you will get it at a greatly reduced price. These scenarios happen more often than you might think and they happen for all kinds of reasons. Used cars are sold back to the dealers or traded in every day all around the country. Keeping an eye on your local dealerships or Online.cars could help you find a gem like this.

Buying Certified Pre-Owned

A black 2018 Jeep Compass is driving along a city block.

One of the pitfalls of buying used cars, especially from less than reputable dealers, is that you never really know what you are getting. There may be an engine defect or a faulty transmission. There may be a bad accident in the vehicle’s past that the dealer is less than forthcoming about. These vehicles are called “lemons”, probably because when you find out what is wrong with it, you will invariably make a face like you just sucked on a lemon.

While these unscrupulous used car dealers are far less common than television and movies would have you believe, they do exist, and their media portrayals have left used car buyers wary of the process. Because of this, automakers like Jeep have what is known as the Certified Pre-Owned programs.

A Certified Pre-Owned vehicle must pass a stringent checklist of items in order to be deemed roadworthy. Because the automakers put a literal certification on it, they must be extremely thorough in their inspections. Everything inside and out, from bumper to bumper, top to bottom is inspected. Everything from the engine, transmission, and chassis to the interior quality and electronics are checked out using Jeep’s 125-point checklist.

Once the engineers doing the inspections are satisfied, these Jeeps will become Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. This program gives used car buyers added peace of mind that their Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is in excellent shape. And to add to the theoretical peace of mind, you also get an extended warranty. Jeep’s Certified Pre-Owned warranty extends to 100,000 miles, which is in line with the rest of the warranties in other Certified Pre-Owned programs.

A Certified Pre-Owned Jeep will naturally cost a little bit more than just a used Jeep, but still a lot less than a new Jeep. Since Jeep requires a candidate for its Certified Pre-Owned program to be less than 5 years old and have fewer than 75,000 miles, you are virtually assured to be in the current generation. You will still get most of the perks of a new model, but not have to pay the increased MSRP. Additionally, you will get a detailed vehicle history report. This will add a further guarantee that the Jeep inspection list aligns with the actual vehicle’s history.

Buying new vehicles is all well and good, but it isn’t for everybody. In fact, approximately 70% of all vehicles sold annually were pre-owned in one way or another. So, for Indianapolis drivers looking for used Jeeps for sale, rest assured that you are not alone. And you are in a great market for your next used or Certified Pre-Owned vehicle.