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Two Jeeps: “lowest cost to own”

by Daniel Bennett on

2015 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Sahara

KBB.com ( Kelley Blue Book ) has awarded two 2015 Jeeps with their “5-Year Lowest Cost to Own” award. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited won the mid-size SUV/Crossover segment, and for the third year in a row, the Jeep Patriot won the Compact SUV/Crossover segment. Kelley’s executive editorial director, Jack Nerad, wrote that the main factor in Patriot was its value and low cost.

2015 Jeep® Patriot

Mr. Nerad also wrote that “Classifying the Wrangler in one category is tough since it can serve many different needs, and there truly is nothing like it.”

The metrics that are considered when comparing vehicles for this award are depreciation, fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees. Depreciation, repairs, and fuel costs are projections.

 

Dan Bennett was doomed from the start. His parents bought a 1970 Plymouth Road Runner when it was known that he was coming along, and the rest of the story was written from that point forward.
Raised in a Mopar only home, Dan has also been Mopar only. From ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s muscle to current SRTs of various flavors, Dan has owned, and in many cases raced, each of the Mopar brands.
Dan’s real career is as a “parts guy” at a local dealership, but he also is a muscician, computer geek/gamer, avid reader, and general all around seeker of knowledge. His whole working career has been spent in the parts industry, starting in the aftermarket, and now at the dealership level. He took a couple years off and went in a different direction for a bit as a jewelry designer and salesman, and even though he won a design award for a piece, his true calling, automotive, won out in the end.
He has written articles, or has had vehicles that have appeared in Mopar Muscle, Sport Truck, and Truckin’. In various forums and social media, he has made a name for himself as the “Go-to” guy for tech information for all things Mopar. He also has a large background in many forms of racing and engine building, holding at one point a ASE Certified Master Engine Machinist rating. Though he no longer keeps that certification up to date, he is still very active in the engine building side when he has spare time.
To Dan, there is no option to covering the Mopar world, it is an imperative that must be done to keep his world in balance.
You can contact him at (206) 736-7670.


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