Tips & Tricks When Shopping for Jeep Tops
Admit it – we know there are some of you out there that own both a truck and a Jeep. They're both great vehicles for on and off the road, so it actually makes perfect sense. But if you're just getting into the Jeep game, Jeep tops are an accessory that you can't pass by.
If you own a truck, you can get away without having a tonneau cover if you simple choose to not store any cargo in it for extended periods. But Jeep tops protect the interior of the vehicle where you'll be sitting, and the driver is definitely not optional!
The biggest decision you'll have to make is the same dilemma you probably came across when you were shopping for tonneau covers – do you go with the hard version or the soft? The process isn't going to be that different for Jeep tops, although you may be a little less risky since it's about both your cargo's and your own well-being. The choice is going to come down to three issues: environment, security, and price.
What's the temperature like where you live? Do you deal with regular snowfall each winter or is it fairly temperate year round? If you know you're going to be dealing with a steady stream of rain or snow, hard Jeep tops will be your best bet because they can handle the extra beating. But if you live in a locale where sunshine is a constant fixture, you don't need your Jeep top to be that heavy-duty and you'll probably be fine with a soft top.
How safe would you rate the areas you drive in? Are you pretty cautious about people breaking into your Jeep? Do you keep valuable, even irreplaceable, cargo in your Jeep regularly? Or are you the type of person who feels like your neighborhood is safe enough to leave the Jeep in your driveway and not worry about it? Jeep tops in general offer some form of added security, but soft tops are much easier to penetrate. All it takes is a particularly sharp knife and someone could reach right in. If you don't have to worry about that happening, a soft top will do the trick. If, however, you prefer to err on the side of caution, go with the hard top which will be made of thicker, denser material that will keep most people out of your Jeep.
Price is always a factor when it comes to shopping for truck and Jeep parts, which are often considered a "want" rather than a "need." In this case, you should consider the fact that you're spending money on a Jeep top to protect other, valuable items. If you have expensive cargo that gets stolen or ruined by the weather because you didn't have a Jeep top to protect it, that's going to be a lot more costly in the long run. If you still need to keep your budget to a minimum, soft Jeep tops will be the less expensive choice. However, if cost isn't as much of an issue and you want the most bang for your buck, look into hard Jeep tops instead.
Once you've determined where you stand on each of these 3 issues, you'll have a good idea of whether hard or soft Jeep tops are best for you. And once you have both a Jeep top and a tonneau cover, you'll be protected no matter which vehicle you decide to take out that day.