I purchased a 2013 WRX last December (2012) and have had it for about 8 solid months now and really have a desire to trade-in for an STI. I thought I was making the more financially-conscious decision sticking with the WRX, but the STI is a car I have wanted for as long as I could remember and I cannot get it out of my head. Everyday I drive, I enjoy my car thoroughly, but it leaves me wanting just a little bit more. Granted I should have just purchased one in the first place instead of now dealing with the depreciated value on my WRX, but you live and you learn I guess. Anyone here buy a WRX and find yourself wanting more only to trade in for a STI a few months/year later?
I can afford it financially; I could pay off my current car (and STI) if I wanted but I chose to finance a small portion as a means to build credit since I had absolutely zero credit prior to buying my first car. One of my gripes (and I guess I see where they're coming from) is my parents think it is a stupid move since I just got the car less than a year ago and I'd just be losing money in the end. They also feel as it is just pointless in general and don't see anything in a car aside from it being something to take you from point a to b. I feel like I'm caught between trying to think rationally about it as well as how much I've wanted this car and feel like I've worked hard for a very long time to get to a point where I could afford it. I talked with my dealer and the almost final numbers (if I were to go through with it) would come down to: getting 23.7 - 24k for my 2013 WRX 5-door premium trade in (originally about 29k before taxes), for a 2014 STI 5-door for invoice at about 35.5k. I take somewhat of a loss on my trade-in but I figure if they can give me invoice on a STI hatch seems like I make up for some losses; if successful I'd like to get the STI down to maybe 35k even. I'm curious to hear what others think of this deal.
I'd like to get a little feedback because I feel like I'm right there but I'm trying to make a reasonable decision. I have been working full-time out of school for a year now, and I know I should start saving money for a house and other things, which I of course still am. I guess I'd just like to bounce some ideas off people or anyone who has been in a similar situation.