Originally Posted by BenHoleton
Always remember: they need to sell it more than you need to buy it
...that is, until they sell it to someone else, and you can't find what you wanted anymore. How many miles are on the various used Libertys for sale and on those of the various posters here? What equipment or modifications are there that you don't want, or what neglect, damage that might not be apparent? Given that Libertys are no longer made, what are the odds that Chrysler or another manufacturer will again build a vehicle with such all-around capability, especially at a price under $40k?
Not to say that you should pay MSRP, but doesn't it also really depend on what you want, too? Buying and selling things involve BOTH supply and demand.
One of my personal examples of this came from a dirt bike I bought that had been legally converted to "street-legal" just before the January, 2004 deadline to do so here in California. It's a particularly light weight bike that also had an expensive front suspension conversion. The bike had been ridden once by the owner's wife, and she didn't like it/couldn't handle it. The tire knobs had no wear and the tires still had the molding nubs and flashing sticking out. The bike sat in the owner's garage for 2 years before he decided to sell.
I paid way over the "blue book" value for that bike! BUT I've thoroughly enjoyed riding my dream bike for 8 years now in all kinds of wonderful, challenging offroad places, and I didn't have to fix someone else"s neglect or damage---I just broke it in and maintained it the proper way I wanted to, and carefully added the options I wanted. And yes, I haven't seen or heard of another bike like it new or used (with anywhere near its capability/qualities and let alone with such low mileage) in ads in the past 8 years (riding buddies have long been looking for one like it for themselves and have asked me to also look for them).
Now that I'm physically impaired and won't be able to ride, I'm really glad that 8 years ago I was willing to pay for what I wanted---and went ahead and bought that bike.