Looking to lease a 2019 Wrangler? Don’t. A 2020 is Cheaper.

Before you go running to your local dealer and breaking the bank on a 2019 Wrangler, there’s a cheaper alternative.

The Jeep Wrangler is a timeless car. Throughout the ages, Jeep, no matter who ended up with the rights to manufacture and sell, kept the original aesthetic. No one blames you for wanting to scoop up the 2019 model.

As per usual, the latest model coming to dealerships means the previous year will be smothered in deals to get them sold. Wranglers are still one of the most capable off-road vehicles right off the sales lot, so getting rid of the 2019 models shouldn’t be tough. Though, it’s worth noting that there’s a more cost efficient way to weasel a new Wrangler onto your driveway: leasing a 2020 Wrangler.

Alex Bernstein from CarsDirect found a loophole worth sharing. After some careful research and number crunching, Berstein found that it’s cheaper per month to lease a 2020 Wrangler Unlimited Sport as opposed to leasing a 2019 model. In California, a four-door 2019 Wrangler Unlimited is $289 for three years with $4,419 at signing, which, after some mental math, is about $412 a month.

However, a 2020 version is $309 with $1,339 at signing. This makes the monthly cost $346. In simple terms, it means that a buyer wouldn’t need as much to sign a lease and they’d pay less per month for the same amount of time.

With a deal so good, there’s got to be a catch. The only negative might be the 10,000 mile limit per year. It sounds like a lot, but according to the Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Americans now drive an average of 13,476 miles annually. Unless you’re aged between 16-19, then you’re anticipated to only drive 7,624 miles a year. So, there’s a small snag to watch out for.

However, in light of all this, there are still a plethora of 2018 models that need new homes. CarsDirect took the time to point out that there are insane discounts on the 2018 Wranglers – up to $10,000 in some areas. Additionally, some dealers even sent coupons via mail that would save buyers up to $1,000.

I don’t need to be the one to tell you that there are plenty of good reasons to buy a Jeep Wrangler. Though anyone experienced with dealing with car salesman can attest to how easy it is to be suckered into spending more money than you originally intended. Before stepping into the lion’s den, do some homework.

Go prepared and check out Jeep’s website and see what prices work best for you. Also, before you start listing the prices I mentioned here, remember these are my local California numbers. Every dealership varies.

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