There are many things to consider when preparing to purchase a used Jeep 4X4. Before you make a purchase you should thoroughly research the make that you are primarily interested in. Get familiar with what is standard equipment for the make of Jeep you are considering purchasing so you can differentiate between stock and mods.
Once you have narrowed down your choices to the make that interests you, the next step is finding a vehicle that is in good condition. To determine the condition of the vehicle you will want to thoroughly inspect the vehicle for any damage that may have been caused by either off-roading or damage that was sustained in an accident.
Not all Jeep 4X4 owners rarely take their vehicles off-roading; many use them primarily as a family vehicle or just driven in cities and on highways. Finding a vehicle like this may seem easy, but once you see one you like, even if the owner assures you that it has never been driven on anything rougher than the highway, you should still take the time to thoroughly inspect the vehicle for damage. The owner may not want to disclose to you that he and his buddies were feeling brave one day and took it off-roading. No matter how nice and honest the owner seems to be, always look out for yourself and inspect any prospective purchases.
Some signs to help you recognize a vehicle that has been driven off-road include dented or bent wheels, damage to the under carriage of the vehicle, dents to the body and damage to the suspension. When you’re looking at 4X4’s it is important to get a good look underneath the vehicle so that you can notice any damage that may have gone unnoticed. You will also want to find out if any modifications to the frame or suspension have been made. These modifications can either add to the price or cause it to be lower than the seller is asking.
When test driving a Jeep 4X4 you will want to test it on and off-road. This will provide you with a sense of how the vehicle handles in different terrains and if the steering and suspension are in proper working order. You will also want to insure that all aspects of the four wheel drive system work properly, if the vehicle feature locking hubs that must be locked by hand, you will be able to notice if there is any damage to the system when you try to lock the hubs.
It is important that you inspect all of the options that are included in the Jeep 4X4 to make sure that they are working properly. There are many great 4X4’s on the market and with these tips you should be able to find one that will make you happy.