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Buying a Used Jeep in Los Angeles – Your Complete Guide

Hawthorne Auto Square is one of the leading used car dealerships in the Los Angeles area. We offer the top automotive brands, so you can find a used Jeep with all the features you want and need. As a trusted local Jeep dealer, we’ll help you find a standard model, one that’s been modified with large wheels, or that’s the exact trim level you’ve been looking for.

Buying pre-owned Jeeps at Hawthorne Auto Square has many advantages. Our vehicles are fully inspected and serviced before they’re put on our lot. We often have a large inventory of Jeeps, so you can find a used Jeep Wrangler or a used Jeep Grand Cherokee in the color, trim level, and set of options you want. We also offer warranties, service plans, and financing with instant online approval.

Why Choose a Used Jeep?

Jeep vehicles are both rugged and versatile. They handle well on rough roads and in snow. Some can even traverse rocky or muddy terrain. Jeeps are known for their excellent handling, durable tires, and solid suspension systems. A Jeep can also last a long time, so there are many benefits to considering a used one.

A used jeep offers benefits such as:

  • A Higher Trim and More Features at a Lower Cost
  • Lower Monthly Payments and Interest
  • Less Costly to Insure
  • Less Depreciation than a New Vehicle
  • More Money to Customize Your Jeep

Buying a used vehicle also has environmental benefits. It avoids the carbon emissions of manufacturing a new model and transporting the vehicle from the factory. The older vehicle also does not go to a junkyard, where metals, plastics, and chemicals can pollute the environment.

Researching Your Options

At a Jeep dealer such as Hawthorne Auto Square, you can appreciate the diversity that is represented by the Jeep brand. We buy and stock the most popular used Jeep models, such as:

  • Jeep Wrangler – Showcasing the iconic look of Jeep, the Wrangler is known for its sharp handling on turns and its power. From its 285 hp engine (or a 270 hp, 2.0-liter turbo engine in a 2018 or newer JL series) to a five-speed automatic transmission, a used Jeep Wrangler can deliver all the performance you can possibly need.
  • Jeep Compass – A 2019 used Jeep Compass can get up to 31 mpg on the highway. Its 2.4L engine, six-speed manual transmission, and four-wheel drive design are enough to consider purchasing it. The Compass also offers a 2,000-pound towing capacity.
  • Jeep Patriot – The Patriot is a rugged SUV that’s reliable on- or off-road. Four different trim levels are available for the 2017 model year, the last of production. They include the Sport, Sport SE, Latitude, and High Latitude with a sunroof, leather seating, and stylish wheels.
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee – If you’re looking for a midsize SUV, a used Jeep Grand Cherokee gives you a comfortable ride on the street but can handle blizzards, mud, and boulders. Standard features include a telescopic steering wheel, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a six-speaker stereo system.
  • Jeep Liberty – The four-door compact SUV is a great off-road vehicle. With the 2012 model, a 3.7L, 210 hp V6 engine, 5,000-pound towing capacity, and options such as a complete media center, full open roof, and all-terrain tires highlight the Liberty’s versatility.

To research different models and trim levels, consider the features that stand out the most to you. Perhaps the standard features of the base trim meet your needs. Or, you may desire a used Jeep with all-wheel drive, leather seating, and the latest electronic and safety features. But in addition to the vehicle’s features, also research the vehicle history report. It will provide insights into the Jeep’s repair/maintenance history and condition before.

Inspecting and Test Driving a Used Jeep

Any used vehicle should be carefully inspected before you consider buying it. When inspecting a used Jeep, look for:

  • Wear or damage to the undercarriage
  • Large dents or scratches on the exterior
  • Modifications made by the previous owner
  • Excessive tire wear
  • Rust spots on the body
  • Leaks from the engine
  • Signs of interior wear, misuse, or smoke damage

During your test drive, pay careful attention to how the Jeep handles. Jeeps are designed to handle roughness. If the vehicle feels shaky on a relatively smooth road, it may have a faulty suspension. Also, feel out the acceleration and braking performance. Listen to how the engine sounds as well. 

Your examination and test drive should help determine if it’s a good buy. Then you can determine the vehicle’s fair market value; the Edmunds trade-in value estimator is a great tool to start with. Compare the price you see to what your used Jeep dealer offers, and use any issues you find to negotiate a lower price.

Closing the Deal

When you’re sure you’ve found the used Jeep you want and are ready to close the deal:

  • Review the Sales Contract: The agreement contains all the terms of your purchase. If it includes extra costs or features/add-ons you don’t want, it’ll be hard to change anything after you sign on the dotted line. Reading the fine print also helps spot possible errors.
  • Purchase a Warranty/Service Contract: Jeeps are reliable, but having a warranty or service contract from your dealer helps cover any repair costs. It also ensures you have a professional to maintain your vehicle to avoid future issues.
  • Receive the Vehicle: Is the vehicle ready to be driven off the lot, or does it have to be delivered? Your dealer should provide this information. Once you sign the contract and the car is available, the salesperson should hand over the keys, and you’re ready to take your Jeep on the road.

Common Questions About Buying A Used Jeep

What’s the Most Affordable Used Jeep?

A used Jeep Wrangler or a used Jeep Grand Cherokee tends to be lower in cost, depending on the model, but you can also get a good deal on a Compass, Liberty, or Patriot.

Why Are Jeeps So Popular?

Jeeps come in many forms, from budget-friendly street vehicles to off-road workhorses to luxury models. The brand is known for its excellent handling, durability, and value for the money.

Can a Jeep Last a Long Time?

A Jeep can easily last 15 to 20 years. Some Jeep owners have claimed to get their vehicles to the 300,000-mile mark. It’s not unheard of for a Jeep to still be drivable after 30 years.

Buy a Used Jeep from Hawthorne Auto Square

Our Los Angeles used car dealership has many Jeeps to choose from. Our inventory is constantly rotating, so check back often for the latest used models; we’ll also inform you when the one you want becomes available. If you’re looking for a used Jeep for sale, get pre-approved for financing today by applying online. We offer great incentives, including five months to build your down payment, APRs as low as 2.9%, and financing regardless of your credit or type of income. 

To learn more, request an appointment with a representative, or schedule a test drive, call (866) 707-7664 today!

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