Need help with a decision. I am expecting a bonus that would facilitate either scenario. Just looking for some sound reasoning, and smart remarks of course.
So I have a 2008 Silver Sahara with 25,000 miles that I LOVE. I have put probably about $1000 in mods; nothing groundbreaking: a 3" Rough country lift, moving exhaust, evap can, heated seats, ambient lighting, steering stabilizer, quick discos, rusty's intake etc. Nothing that can't be redone, and nothing that I expect to add value other than meeting my own personal preferences. The 2008 has the lifetime powertrain warranty, for what it is worth. I owe a little under $16,000 with a 4.94% note with 48 months remaining. I see KBB values between $25-27k.
I have always wanted an orange jeep. I don't care what Chrysler calls it, mango tango is a color that I want.
What would be the best play? Trading in ol' Silver Sara for a new Mango Tango OR paying for a real high quality paint job on my existing model. If I buy new, I would want to get out with a 48 mo loan close to the same payment ($360-ish).
Pros with buying new: Get a new jeep (less miles) with some new features (when is the pentastar due out?) in a factory color I want with original paint in all the cracks and crevices. Opportunity to get a Rubi (not a requirment). New tires (mine are coming due in the next 12 mos and I would try to negotiate Rubi wheels/tires even if I got a Sahara)
Cons with new: New loan, hassle with trading/selling/sales tax. Redoing mods (eh, sometimes its fun, but it is a hassle to carve out the time with 3 kids under 5). Delay to bigger tires (I refuse to get new tires before I wear these out)
Pros with painting: Keep the jeep I love, ability to pick a color / shade I like better than Mango Tango, enjoy mods that I have done. Eventually (sooner) get the 33's I want. Keep a jeep with lifetime powertrain warranty.
Cons with painting: What a PIA to take all that stuff off, probably would lead as the most expensive mode ever on my jeep.
2008 Silver "Sara" Unltd
Aboveumall.com Muffler Relocation
Woods Evap Relo
Rough Country 3.25" Suspension Lift
Rough Country quick discos
Rough Country double steering stablizer
wussy interior mods galore
2 Sunshine Kids carseats that exactly match the stock fabric
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