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Purchasing / Building Questions

Hi Everyone. New member here. I've been lurking for a while, but with the time coming to purchase a MY15 SRT, I figured I'd ask you fine folks some questions from your experiences. Any help would be appreciated.

--Since most dealers don't have the exact build that I'm looking for, I'm assuming I'm going to have to go the "build" route through a local dealership. What is the average build time for someone in the US?

--If I'm trading in my car, and leaving quite a hefty down payment, when does that part of the transaction take place on a car that is being built for me? I've never had a car built, but I realize if I drive my trade-in since it is my daily driver, the price will depreciate as I add miles to it. Also, I'd like to plan on when I have to write this large check, at time of order, or pickup.

--I've heard recently, and I believe even saw on the jeep.com "build your own" site that the split spoke (spider monkey) wheels aren't available right now. Are these coming back? I like these and would want them on my vehicle. Does anyone have info about this?

--We all know how this car performs in nice weather, but for those of you in cold weather, how does it do in the snow? I've had non-SRT Jeeps in the past that were rock solid, however they did not have the massive tire width that this beast has.

Thanks in advance for any help regarding these questions. Look forward to contributing more here once I place the order and shipment arrives.

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Re: Purchasing / Building Questions

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Hi Everyone. New member here. I've been lurking for a while, but with the time coming to purchase a MY15 SRT, I figured I'd ask you fine folks some questions from your experiences. Any help would be appreciated.

--Since most dealers don't have the exact build that I'm looking for, I'm assuming I'm going to have to go the "build" route through a local dealership. What is the average build time for someone in the US?
Assuming everything is running as normal on the assembly line, figure 6-8 weeks from the time you place the order. Unless you want a totally bare bones model or completely loaded model, though, I'd imagine you can find some sort of compromise somewhere on someone's lot that would speed up the process. I did this for my 2014 as opposed to ordering it, even though it would have been cheaper ordering.

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--If I'm trading in my car, and leaving quite a hefty down payment, when does that part of the transaction take place on a car that is being built for me? I've never had a car built, but I realize if I drive my trade-in since it is my daily driver, the price will depreciate as I add miles to it. Also, I'd like to plan on when I have to write this large check, at time of order, or pickup.
Once again, this info is for MOST dealerships: You and the sales person will build your vehicle, they will then enter it into the system and provide you a POC sheet listing the order, options, pricing. SOME dealers may be comfortable appraising your trade then, particularly if you won't be driving it that much or are a past customer, many will not. They can probably give you a roundabout figure though within a couple thousand so that you know what you are looking at. If your ordered vehicle purchase depends on this number then you need to state that up front, it could effect whether they will even order you the vehicle depending on how safe they feel with the special order/your trade. At time of order you will be required to give some form of deposit ($500-1000 is norm), this will go toward your purchase (double check at signing it did!). Final down payment is due when the vehicle comes in. They will appraise your vehicle, deduct that from your agreed upon price for the new one. They will then add on dealer fees and tax/title/reg. from that they will deduct your remaining cash down payment. What's left is your finance amount. Try and find the best rate you can on your own and present this to the dealer, 99% of the time they can beat it as they want a piece of that action! At this time you will sign 5 million sheets, the most important one being the long piece of paper with all of the number breakdowns...this is your purchase agreement. Contrary to what most people think (especially many waiting for Hellcats, Z06, etc. right now), this is the part of the process where things become BINDING. You can back out, or the dealer can keep the vehicle ordered, up until this long sheet is signed!! (Granted it won't win the dealer any fans, nor would they be happy with you and may keep your deposit, but each party has still not signed a contract)

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--I've heard recently, and I believe even saw on the jeep.com "build your own" site that the split spoke (spider monkey) wheels aren't available right now. Are these coming back? I like these and would want them on my vehicle. Does anyone have info about this?
Haven't heard anything about this, paging Milous...paging Milous!! Milous here should be able to answer that question. Perhaps shoot him a PM.

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--We all know how this car performs in nice weather, but for those of you in cold weather, how does it do in the snow? I've had non-SRT Jeeps in the past that were rock solid, however they did not have the massive tire width that this beast has.
Honestly, the first gen SRT Jeep was crap in the snow compared to an "AWD" vehicle. The way power is distributed, the rear end is very side happy. The current model though, IMO, can be a tank. Sure it may not be a Wrangler or lifted 4x4 truck, but put the new one in snow mode, use common sense per conditions, and it's pretty awesome. NOTE: I may live in MD/DE area now, but my family still lives in, and I grew up in, western NY where the Dec. blizzard hit so I have a lot of snow driving experience

If you have any more questions or need clarification ask away, but a lot of the appraisal, order, payment stuff I said is going to depend a lot on the dealer and you'll have to play it a bit as you go. One thing though, your purchase price of the new one should be invoice, tell them that flat out. It's a sold order, so they are going to make around $2k just on the new vehicle for 15 minutes worth of work for putting it in the system and doing up some papers.
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Re: Purchasing / Building Questions

Fantastic info. Just what I was looking for.

I figured Jeep/Chrysler financing was always the best rate. Luckily, I work for the lending area of a bank so I'll walk in with some paperwork with any rate that I think will be competitive. Good to know.

Also, thank you for letting me know that I should be going in with the "invoice" price as a sticking point. I didn't know if you have more or less leeway with a "build to order" model as opposed to one on site. Perfect info.
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Fantastic info. Just what I was looking for.


Also, thank you for letting me know that I should be going in with the "invoice" price as a sticking point. I didn't know if you have more or less leeway with a "build to order" model as opposed to one on site. Perfect info.
FYI: there are at least two different "buying groups" organized by JG members; one at a dealer in VA just outside of DC which is 7% BELOW invoice + a dealer fee, and a second one in TX which is 5.5% BELOW invoice. Worth a search on JG just for the info. May or may not be worth the travel to those dealers to get a new Jeep. Good luck!
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FYI: there are at least two different "buying groups" organized by JG members; one at a dealer in VA just outside of DC which is 7% BELOW invoice + a dealer fee, and a second one in TX which is 5.5% BELOW invoice. Worth a search on JG just for the info. May or may not be worth the travel to those dealers to get a new Jeep. Good luck!
I tried this route, no love on SRT, because they rely on the Chysler "affiliate program" to give the extremely low pricing, and the affiliate program specifically excludes SRT vehicles.

Double bummer because my company is an affiliate member to boot so I could have avoided the $100 signup fee required.
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What I did is go to SRT | Street and Racing Technology | driveSRT and build the one you want an then you can see what every dealer has on there lot too what's in bound.

That's where I would start.
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