Hardtop Jeep Wranglers Scarce in U.S.
The manufacturer of the hard plastic top pieces filed for bankruptcy, and Jeep has been having difficulties finding a new company to provide the parts needed. Instead, the company is asking dealers to stock up on soft-top models.
This expansion of supply could work to a buyer's favor if they live anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line, especially if they don't mind a little cold weather. Buyers in Northern states generally opt for the enclosed cabin, and someone who wants a versatile off-road vehicle will be more likely to find a bargain.
The same holds true in warmer locales as well, because of the number of soft-tops that will now be on lots. Many buyers look for the hardtop-optioned vehicles, and dealers may worry about their ability to move stock.
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