Originally Posted by andylcg
When you lease, Do you have to take your Jeep back the dealership you got it from to have work done(i.e. problems with it, general service, pretty much anything Jeep covers with the lease) or can it be any Jeep dealership?
As stated by others you can decide which dealer to use for service. It is not uncommon to use one dealer to purchase the vehicle (who gives the best deal) and another closer for service. The sales and service departments have their own P/L.
Since Jeep doesn't have a free car rental for warranty work you there is little value outside of capability in staying with the selling dealer. Some of the other brands (Lexus, BMW, MB, etc) will prioritize brand loaners for customers who purchased their vehicles from their location. Otherwise they get the Hertz (or similar) special.
Whether leasing or buying people will be drawn to either side depending on emotions and financial ability. In general if you like to switch vehicles every 2-3 years leasing might be a good option. At minimum, you don't need to worry about the depreciation as it is fixed by the financing company. For leasing look for a vehicle with a high residual and low m.f. Never look at just the monthly payment amount. Rather know the buy price, residual and m.f. and run the numbers through a leasing calculator. Not doing so will usually result in a bad deal as the Finance Mgr will mark-up the m.f. and acquisition fee and play around with the sale price.
Consider traditional financing as there is a 1.9% for 60 months for the Laredo. Most credit unions are offering 3.0% for 60-72 months (with tier approval of course).
I have used both financing options for my vehicles. It really depends on the programs. You didn't say but how many miles do you drive per year? If over 15k or perhaps even 12k traditional financing might be the better approach.