New Jeeps vs. Used Jeeps: The Pros and Cons

There are some pretty remarkable new Jeep Wranglers currently on the market to say the least. 2018 has been a truly astounding year for the Jeep brand with the introduction of the new tops, foldable windshield, and much more. We’ve heard nothing but incredible things from Jeep owners who have opted to purchase these newer models of Wranglers, but we also know an array of owners who stand by their used Jeeps and swear they are the best route to go. For whatever reason, there has been a constant divide between longtime, diehard Jeep enthusiasts on this topic. Some love buying new Jeeps and really appreciate the direction that the brand has taken over the recent years while others won’t set foot in a Wrangler made any time in the 21st century.

If you’ve been contemplating the idea of getting yourself a Wrangler to enjoy the multitude of benefits that come along with these incredible 4x4 machines, you might face the dilemma or whether or not you should opt for a used Jeep model or a newer one. The new Jeep models are packed full of fun features, however, the used car market is currently on the rise. Overall, there is no right or wrong answer, as each side does have pros and cons that accompany them, so let’s explore the possibilities and take a look at each to determine which is best for you.

New Jeeps


Better Performance

For starters, new Jeeps are performing on the roads better than ever before. While they have long been known to be the best off-road vehicles on the market, they have finally made the new Wranglers more equipped for handling city and highway driving with ease.

Improved Efficiency

Along with improved performance, the newer Jeep models are not only more aerodynamic, but they are also more fuel efficient than ever before. You might be thinking to yourself, how could it get any worse anyways? But thanks to the 3.6-liter engine found in the new Jeep Wrangler, the fuel efficiency rivals that of today’s top-of-the line trucks and averages in the 23 to 25 miles per gallon range. Compare that to the older Wrangler models of the nineties where you felt fortunate to break into the double digits when commuting around town and you can see the difference.

Off-Road Capabilities

The new Jeep models also do not sacrifice capability for their improved efficiency. Each Wrangler comes standard with a Trail Rated badge, so while they be more domesticated in some respects, these beasts are still fully capable of tearing up the off-road trails. With improved parts including the suspension and transmission, these bad boys come off the lot ready to tackle anything you throw their way.


Expensive Repairs

Speaking of off-roading, if you do opt for a new Jeep for that purpose, expect to pay a lot for repairs and replacement parts — much more than with a used Jeep which there are a plethora of custom Jeep parts available for. While the older Jeeps are still far from being cheap to repair, the parts are easier to come by, especially when you choose custom Jeep parts from companies like Altitude Jeep. Also, your new paint will get dirty and beat up.

Major Upfront Cost

With any new vehicle, depreciation is a factor you’re going to have to deal with. While it may not be nearly as impactful as with other makes and models of vehicles, a new Jeep is still going to drop in value from the moment you drive it off the lot. So if you plan on selling your new Jeep at some point in time, you might be upset to find out you will have to settle for significantly less than you initially paid for it. We would hope, though, like most Jeep owners, you will end up hanging onto your Wrangler for life and adding custom Jeep parts as time goes on to keep it in good-as-new condition.

Used Jeeps

When it comes to used Jeeps, the pros and cons are a tad bit different — obviously.


The Price Is Right

One self-evident benefit to choosing to purchase a used Jeep Wrangler rather than a new one is that it will be significantly less expensive of an endeavor. As we previously mentioned, Jeeps do hold a significant amount of value in comparison with other used vehicles, but even an aftermarket Jeep that has been loaded up with custom Jeep parts will be much less expensive than opting for a brand new, stock Jeep Wrangler. For example, a brand new Jeep Wrangler with no aftermarket Jeep parts will still knock you back upwards of $50,000, while a Jeep fully loaded with custom Jeep parts and mods from the 90s can be found for close to $15,000.


As we touched on, finding custom Jeep parts to replace your existing components of your Jeep Wrangler is much easier and comes with a plethora of more available options to you when you have an older, used model compared to one that’s only been on the market a few years. This is because many aftermarket Jeep part manufacturers have not yet had time to introduce new products that fit these newer models with new dimensions and specifications, and if they do, they are still going to go for a hefty price.

Less Stress

One aspect of purchasing a new vehicle that can be unsettling is the constant worry about keeping it in pristine condition. This is not what a Jeep Wrangler was made for, but it can be hard to resist the urge to keep your Jeep squeaky clean and constantly inspect it for damage after every trail ride. Jeeps were made to take a beating, and when you choose a used one, you won’t be constantly fretting over every little scratch to your paint job — especially when you keep it covered in a fresh coat of mud.


Any used vehicle is certainly going to be accompanied by its fair share of drawbacks.

Old School Technology

If you’re the type of person that depends upon the updates of modern technology in your driving experience, then you won’t find a whole lot of this in a used Jeep. While the new models of Jeeps are packed full of the latest and greatest features from touch screen NAVs to hands-free calling, music, and more, while you’ll be lucky to even find air conditioning or a CD player with Wranglers from the 1990’s in many cases. So if having these sorts of amenities are important to you in your Jeep purchase, you will want to look for a used Jeep that is still new enough to have the features that you desire or be an handyman and be able to install them yourself.

Lack of Warranties

In order to make your decision even more difficult, you also have to worry about buying a used Jeep that is of good quality and from a reputable dealership or private seller. This means a good deal of research and thoroughly inspecting the vehicle for rust, damaged parts, or any other issues that could be problematic down the road for you. Since most used Jeeps will no longer carry a warranty, you will want your Jeep’s parts to do their job for years to come, but if all else fails, you can order affordable custom Jeep parts from Altitude Jeep!

The Choice Is Yours

When it comes to the perks and drawbacks between a new or a used Jeep Wrangler, the purchase comes down to your own personal decision. Ask yourself which one is right for your unique situation and goals and which aspects are more of a priority to you in your jeeping experience.

Either way, whichever choice you make, we hope you’ll turn to the team at Altitude Jeep for the best custom Jeep parts to elevate your ride to its full potential.


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