I seldom do reviews of a buying experience because I don’t like to say anything bad about a person or place. However, in my recent experience in buying a new Jeep Renegade Sport from Sherwood of Salisbury there are only good things to share. I traded in my 2012 Wrangler that I had purchased new from (another dealer) on this brand new Renegade.
It is the Jeep Renegade Sport with 6-speed, Upgraded Sound Group w/ Bluetooth, the Power and Air group and a Backup camera as the only options – exactly what I wanted. (I’ll eventually have more and better pictures.)
Although I loved my Wrangler I became interested in the Renegade when Jeep began advertising them. I even test drove one shortly after their release back in the Spring. I did the test at the dealer where I had purchased my Wrangler 3 1/2 years ago. I was not ready to buy at that time but I told the salesperson and manager that I might be ready by late summer. I never received any follow-up from them (which is very surprising).
Meanwhile I was contacted by a marketing person from Sherwood about bringing in my Jeep Compass for an appraisal because they had someone interested in buying a model like mine. Heh – it’s my wife’s car, she loves it, so do I, it’s almost paid off – so, sorry, no deal. I mentioned that I drive a Wrangler. “Oh, I’m sure we have a buyer for that, too.” Long-story-short (I know, too late), I coordinated a sales visit with a needed service visit for an oil change. That was my only mistake.***
I met Don (no last name, for privacy reasons) and my first impression was that he was a “good guy” and had a lot of product knowledge. In the case of the Renegade, being a brand new model release, product knowledge is important. We did some looking and tire kicking and took one for a test drive. Impressive? Yes, impressive enough that let Don have a trade appraisal done on my three and a half year old Wrangler Sport with 32,800 miles.
Don’t ever let anyone tell you that Wranglers do not hold their value. The appraisal on mine was considerably more than I thought it would be. So I immediately bought my new Renegade – NOT. No, sorry, not today. Yes, it is a great trade offer, but I need to “sleep on it” and do some of my own research on the new car. And it’s good that I did.
As Paul Harvey used to say, “Stay tuned for the Rest Of The Story.”
*** Mistake? I should have visited the Sherwood Jeep sales department before the service department – because I basically “wasted” the $43 I spent on the oil change. LOL 🙂