Buying any used vehicle, including a Jeep, from a dealer provides a higher level of accountability and an easier transaction, while buying from a private owner allows more room for price negotiation on already-lower starting prices, notes DMV.org. Dealers can offer perks, such as warranties and financing options, explains DMV.org.
While the high-pressure techniques of some used car salesmen can be stressful, buyers have some assurances when buying from a dealership that are not available from private sellers. These include strict laws that govern operating and selling procedures, as well as the option to purchase a certified Jeep, which has been inspected by certified technicians, who are trained to work on Jeep vehicles, states DMV.org.
Buying a Jeep from a private party, on the other hand, gives the assurance of knowing where the vehicle came from and being able to ask specific questions about its history, care and any quirks or tips specific to the particular Jeep, states AutoTrader.com. Private sellers are generally eager to sell and have more leeway in bargaining on the price, explains AutoTrade.com. It can, however, be time-consuming to do all the paperwork between two private parties, including bill of sale, transfer of title and obtaining registration papers and smog check reports, notes DMV.org.