She broke me down after weeks of looking for a new vehicle to help in our little adventures. We were driving a 2015 Jeep Cherokee, but needed a little more room. Even with the seats down it was a tight fit between the Yeti Cooler, our camping/backpacking gear, and the dogs. Plus let’s face it she had the Cherokee for a full year so her attention span had already began to wain. Sure it was maybe 10% my fault since in my spare time I just like looking at cars, it gives me something to do on a day off. I guess my error was actually bringing her with me. She saw the Jeep Wrangler and said “hey that would fit all of our gear with some room to spare plus we can get a hitch”, then I saw her eyes light up and thoughts racing. I tried to back track and tell her all the little things she would be giving up like the back up camera , a nice touch screen radio, heated seats and steering wheel. Alas I was to late it was over at that point and all I heard the next few weeks was how perfect a Wrangler would be.
So onto the second worse experience you have as an adult (the first being a colonoscopy) we went. You have to prepare your self mentally for the onslaught which is the new car shopping experience. We know its an all day ordeal and sometimes you just don’t make the deal. Here is how it went down. Our first trip was to a local Dodge,Jeep dealership in Salem, Ohio while we were home on a small break from work. Of course they were having a “Big spring blowout”… yeah sure they were. So we met our salesman “Jeff”. After talking for a bit we found out he actually travels around to different Jeep dealerships (I later found out these salesman are called gypsies, convenient name I suppose) when they have these big sales. To me this isn’t the best idea when buying a car because as we all know at some point you always need to go back to the dealership for some reason. Without a point of contact you could be stuck running around in circles for hours while they try to figure out what you need. But hey I kept an open mind and if they could get me the deal I wanted then it is all good. They had several jeeps on the lot and we were looking for the newer colors. She liked the blue, I liked the green and this debate still rages on to today of which is better. Anyhow, we got in a 2016 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited in hyper green. For the options it had 4 doors, didn’t I tell you jeep wranglers don’t have a lot of fun options to add? She started it up, since this was going to be her daily driver, and off we went. It drives….well like a jeep wrangler, it floats and waggles on the highway at speeds over 15mph, and it is less nimble then throwing a brick thru the air. But hey again its not my driver that will be reviewed later. We arrived back at the dealership and of course she liked it, its hard to not like any car with that new car smell. We proceeded to chat several more minutes then headed inside where you get down to the real heart of the matter….price, the longest and most dreadful part of the whole process. After several hours we got close to a price but were about a 1000 off what I wanted to spend so we walked away from that deal. Now men you have to be strong against the many sad faces you will receive like I was, and telling her to be patient.
The next few days we talked about it some more, we were up in Cleveland doing some errands and we passed a Dodge/Jeep dealer in the area. Of course she gave me the look so in we went, she had her heart set on a 2017 Chief Blue Wrangler Unlimited. We talked price yet again and while this one had several more options….IE running boards, LED lights, and one of the few that had a touch screen radio installed. So of course the price was about 2k more then the less optioned 2016. So once again we were off on the amount I wanted to spend on a car. As we were about to call it a day once again when our salesman Todd, who seems like a really nice guy, said he thinks he could get us a hyper green 2017 for the price we (meaning I) were willing to pay. He brought out the window sticker it had the bare minimum options again, but at least we were getting closer so after a few more minutes of haggling we agreed on the price. He said it would take them an hour to get it from another dealer, and since we were stuck in Cleveland all day it wasn’t to big of a deal, we went to lunch, then dinner and about 10 hours later….no I’m not kidding….we were able to get the car and head home. She is very happy with it and we can’t wait to try it out on some trails, and also make a few visual mods to our cars. I will be making a post on my car in few weeks.