Originally Posted by balderic
So, how do you guys justify spending so much money on a jeep? I am serious, as I am looking for a couple of good reasons to convince myself to get one.
Here's the thing.
We can talk all day long about the hows and whys that we got our Jeeps, but you're the final arbiter. Our reasons aren't your reasons.
The Jeep is an expense. It's money down the well.
It's difficult to buy pretty much anything new today for under $30K, anything in the midrange size, with a few bells and whistles.
If you don't think the vehicle is worth what you need to pay for it, then don't buy it.
It's not like you're trapped in a desert filling station with some guy charging $500 for a radiator hose.
Is the Jeep worth it? It is to us, otherwise we wouldn't have bought it. We can grouse about the prices we pay, but yet, here we are, Jeep owners, paying "high prices", yet there's no gun to our heads.
I justify mine by the fact that it has what I wanted in a vehicle, and it was the cheapest one that met my criteria. Would I have like to pay less? Yes. Would I have liked Jeep to offer my features more ala carte, or perhaps on a lower spec? (Notably the ELSD on the V6) Yes.
But do I feel cheated or swindled or between a rock and a hard place? No.
Cars are a waste of money. NEW cars especially. Especially today. If you were Smart(tm) you'd wait until 2017 and get a 2 year old '15 model, so there's no chance of getting an early adopter '14, plus the new rev would be coming out driving the prices down even farther.
As they say in "Next door millionaire" (or something like that), buy 2-3 years old, buy one every 3 years, pay cash, sell cash, buy Japanese. That advice would keep you in Camrys and Accords until you're done.
It's good advice.
I don't follow it. I'm doing that consciously.
My cars aren't about resale value, I keep them too long.
I wanted what the Jeep has. Nothing does what it does at a better value. I will not use it to its potential. My potential is lower than it's capability, but I like it that way. Bang/buck, in the current market, the JGC, even at silly prices, is a steal. Either Jeep has a great value, or everyone else is ripping us off.
If the Overland is too high, get the Limited. It already has more stuff than I know what to do with as it is. But that's me.