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    Is this a good deal? Is buying a car that was previously leased smart?

    2012 Subaru Impreza WRX Premium - Charlotte, NC , Gastonia, NC & Hickory, NC

    Seems like a fair price for a premium WRX. My concern is low miles and it was leased by the previous owner (if you can call him that). With low miles my concern is the car has been driven to the edge and then traded back in before any serious damage occurred. I know my way around cars but i'm not an expert mechanic. How should i approach?

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    Have a truste mechanic take a look at it. Test drive it. Feels stiff in the clutch or shifter for being so new....chances are it was beat. The guy only leased it so there's a chance he didn't really care for it as he should have. He still has to pay for all services done, and he may have had the mindset of knowing that he won't keep the car, why should he care.
    I'd have someonelook at it if you can

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    Have an independent mechanic look at it. Otherwise it could be a steal of a deal. Carfax is clean so that's a good sign. Could just be someone who couldn't afford it anymore or didn't want it anymore, or was moving out of the area or whatever. So many things could happen.

    These cars can handle miles and miles of spirited fun. That doesn't mean that it was beat to hell. Give it a test drive and if something doesn't feel right, or if the secondary inspection turns up odd, then you can walk away.
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    My advice would be to bring it to a Subaru specialist to look over. The one I can think of in the area is Draco Performance (Mooresville). They deal with modified Subarus all day long, and would be able to do a good used car inspection for you (they could spot things like "this car was previously modified"). Make sure they perform compression and leakdown tests (request both, as they may not be SOP for a used car inspection) to make sure the car is in good working order. Even if the inspection ends up running you $300 or so, it's insurance that you don't face a $3-5K bill for a blown motor down the line; I wouldn't trust the dealership if they say "compression and leakdown tests came back fine", have an independent party do it for your own piece of mind.

    If they aren't willing to let you bring it to the mechanic of your choice, keep looking for other vehicles at other dealers...
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    A question to add, How important is the break in period that every seems stress about. Buying used gives you no way of knowing how the car was driven for the first 1000 miles. How much money is worth saving over not knowing how the car was treated?

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    I like to think of the engine break in kind of like when you get a new skateboard set up. Before you can really do fun things with it, it's still going to need to be broken in. Your new deck is going to be stiff as hell until you ride around with it a bit, then works like a charm

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    Well the concern is I have no idea how this guy treated the car. People really seem to stress about a proper break in but then again anytime you buy used you have no idea if the person took it easy on the motor. Part of me thinks there's no way he could have abused it that bad but then on the other hand why risk it with this much money.

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    If you are concerned, have a compression and leakdown test done. That will give you a good idea of the health of the engine.
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    I guess that's something dealers skip in their 150 point inspection?

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    Or buy a brand new 2013 for the same price?
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    Right, that's the question. Since used WRX's that are only a year or two aren't much of a deal i'm leaning towards the route of buying new, but i like the idea of a sunroof and heated seats. Just trying to decide if its worth the "risk".

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    Well I guess I am biased, but I would say its not. Keep in mind you get a lower interest rate and more warranty with a new car too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rexxx0486 View Post
    Well I guess I am biased, but I would say its not. Keep in mind you get a lower interest rate and more warranty with a new car too.
    ^This.

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