13 months ago I was buying a 2019 Subaru WRX limited with harmon kardon package ($35,205). It was one of the first WRX 2019s on the lot. At the time I asked about leasing so in 2-3 years I could trade up when its on the new global platform.
I was given a ridiculous lease estimate of $450 including the discount he was offering if I buy it. At the time a base model lease was advertised as $350 before tax/fees.
Anyway… I bought the car for $32,205 (excluding tax and $363 of fees) and now it’s been over 12 months so I can see my Subaru Guaranteed Trade program value which is currently $28,950 until sept 30th (which puts it at 14 months) with upto 15k miles.
So… That’s like leasing the car for $232.50 plus tax and $363 in fees…. $271 if you roll that in for Maine tax. Not the most amazing leasehackr deal out there, but not bad for a top trim+package sports car for a short period.
Even factoring in the interest rate I gained equity.
Just wanted to throw this experience out there because most subarus lease poorly and it can save money in areas where dealerships always offer you rough NADA/KBB pricing for a pristine car because “market”. Through this program Subaru owns the car, not the dealership so there is no negotiation. I’m going to continue to track my trade value as it updates to see if this continues to be a better deal than lease.