Are you the brand-new owner of an amazing Jeep Wrangler?
If so, welcome to the family! We know you’ll have a blast learning Jeep culture and getting down and dirty with your offroad beast. Don’t forget those Jeep Wrangler upgrades!
Driving a Jeep is usually all fun and games, however, there are a few things every new owner needs to know in the first few months after purchasing their Wrangler. You may or may not come to find out these things on your own, but it’s best we save you the time, money, and energy!
Without further ado, here are the top insider tips for new Jeep owners!
Learn the Jeep Wave
No, it is not a myth.
Yes, you will notice other Jeepers waving at you and you should wave back!
The Jeep Wave has existed for nearly as long as Jeep Wranglers have been around. The phenomena is picking up in popularity as the Wrangler continues to shatter sales records here in the United States.
It’s often times considered extremely rude and disrespectful to not wave back at a Jeeper doing the Jeep Wave. There have been stories of owners who have ignored stranded Wranglers because they weren’t wave at. It is that serious.
Make sure you take the time to learn the Jeep Wave and use it when you’re faced with another happy Jeeper. As ridiculous as it sounds, it is one of the most essential parts to owning a Jeep Wrangler.
Find a Good Auto Mechanic (or become one)
Contrary to popular belief, the Jeep Wrangler is actually an impressively dependable piece of machinery.
However, the adventurous nature of the average Jeep owner will cause them to inflict more wear and tear on their vehicle than most other car owners.
Car mechanics can be a pain to deal with. Some quote you for repairs that don’t need to be made, some charge exuberant amount for simple work, and others just flat out rip you off.
For this reason, finding a reputable and trustworthy auto mechanic can be difficult, but it is absolutely necessary. Find someone who feels right and would be willing to develop along term relationship with you and your car.
This way, you know exactly who to call when even the slightest things go wrong.
On the other hand, some choose to learn the craft themselves.
Working on Jeeps isn’t too hard, especially if you have experience doing mechanic work on other American vehicles. The mass distribution of third-party parts for the Jeep Wrangler will also work in your favor as they are becoming dirt cheap. Taking the role of auto mechanic will allow you to save loads of money in repairs and give you a better understanding of your vehicle.
Yes, Your Jeep is the best Jeep
With the multitude of Jeep Wrangler models coming out every year, it’s normal for new owners to become insecure about their new purchase.
Relax. Your Jeep model is the best model!
There are admittedly quite a few differences between various models and additions of the Wrangler, but much of this gap can be filled with the purchase of personalized Jeep Wrangler accessories.
Jeep Wrangler upgrades such as floor liners, cargo dividers, and LED lights will take even the oldest vehicle and turn it into a beast, both aesthetically and physically.
So, no need to second guess the salesman that sold you the Wrangler. There’s probably something in yours that you loved too much to ignore – no need to rethink the situation. Just stock up on all those lovely Jeep Wrangler modifications!
Don’t Leave Things in Your Vehicle
As if this one weren’t obvious enough.
The Jeep Wrangler is often heralded for its classic American aesthetic and open design.
An ‘open-design’ is great for adventuring, off roading, crawling – all the things Jeep Wranglers are known for.
However, the same design is not exactly for going to the mall or taking a trip downtown.
As much as we hate to believe it, thieves exist in the most unassuming places. The ease of entering a Wrangler is known to both owners, and those looking to force their way into your vehicle.
For this reason, if your car is your daily driver, please take out all valuables when parking in a public place. Even in private neighborhoods, ensuring the safety and securing of your personal belongings is incredibly important. You don’t want to return to a torn soft top and missing items. Either store your valuables at home or out of sight.
A great tool to expand your storage with simplicity is the XG Cargo Sportsman Liner. Made out of heavy-duty water-resistant material, the 360 cargo management tool stores necessary equipment in multiple safe and secure compartments in the rear of your vehicle.
Keep a Spare Tire and Jack
Not all Wrangler editions come stock with a spare and jack. If this is the case for you, head to your local auto shop and purchase one now. Having a spare tire will certainly safe you some stress down the road.
If you’re looking to take your car on frequent adventures or off-roading (as I’m sure you are), you’ll likely be messing with the air pressure quite a bit to make sure your tires are suitable for the terrain you’re looking to drive.
It’s imperative that you have a good knowledge of your car’s tires as they are quite literally what keep your Jeep Wrangler in motion. Wrangler owners literally have cars of all sorts of shapes and sizes, so it’s important that you’re able to learn your specific situation to keep you informed.
For daily drivers and off roaders alike, a spare tire and jack is absolutely vital. There’s a reason why every other car model comes stock with at least one. Make sure you get yourself one and attach it to your rear trunk door.
Your nearest Jeep Club is likely right in your backyard. With hundreds of clubs across the United States and abroad, it’s never been simpler to get involved with the largest community of car enthusiasts in the country.
Joining a Jeep Club will introduce you to a massive new set of friends that share your undying love for the Jeep Wrangler where you’ll also learn more about your amazing vehicle.
See, an established Club will undoubtedly have members that have up to 20 years of experience driving various models of the Wrangler. Aligning yourself with a veteran will open up numerous opportunities for new places to offroad, adventure, and more. Plus, some members have access to riding areas that you won’t be able to gain access to yourself.
You’ll also never run into the problem of finding someone to offroad with. As many clubs boast memberships of 100+ Jeepers and growing, it’s as easy as immersing yourself into the group and networking! Lifelong friendships are made in Jeep Clubs.
There are many factors that should go into choosing a Jeep Club, such as average age of members, size of club, philosophy, etc. It’s important to do your due diligence, as clubs vary from location to location. Be on the lookout for our article on how to choose the perfect Jeep Club!
Contrary to the popular saying, owning a Jeep Wrangler with accessories IS all fun and games. The Jeep is absolutely unmatched when compared to other vehicles in its categories – and Jeep owners know this.
It’s important that you take advantage of every opportunity available to you as a brand new Jeeper because they truly exist everywhere. Make sure you take heed of the tips outlined here for a great first few years with your brand-new Jeep Wrangler!
Are there any insider tips we may have missed? Let us know in the comments section below! We look forward to reading your responses!!
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