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Subaru Legacy, Sedan, Wagon
#781 of 1006 Re: 2009 Legacy - too good to be true? [bruuklin]
Dec 28, 2009 (11:01 am)
Having worked in the rental car industry (and having been told never to buy a rental car), my suggestion would be to find another vehicle. Those were probably a hard 7K miles.
That was a fairly common model. I'm sure there are plenty around. And while the asking price in the 19s is pretty typical, I'm wondering if anyone actually buys them in that range. (An Indiana dealer has a new '09 SE, although with manual shift, advertised for $18,999. Kolb Subaru in upstate NY has a slew of '09 SEs with low mileage, all well under $19K and one in the 15 range, although none appear to be CPO.) Near the end of the model year, I was seeing new ones for close to 19. Also, how do you know it was a rental? Does it say so on the Carfax or are you relying on the dealer for that information? I'm asking because I've never seen these Subarus in rental fleets. Your car sounds more like a demo.
The CPO is probably worth $1,200-$1,500 based on what Subaru dealers are charging for discounted extended warranties these days.
If you still want to buy this car, bargain hard. I think you can do much better on price.
#782 of 1006 2010 Legacy Price
Dec 28, 2009 (1:08 pm)
Have not looked at this car yet, just online at dealers site. They only post the MSRP- $23,496 - 2.5 Premium w. all weather package and CVT . How much below MSRP can I expect the dealer to go?
#783 of 1006 Re: 2009 Legacy - too good to be true? [longislander1]
Dec 28, 2009 (8:44 pm)
After I went to that dealer, I went over to Kolb because he does have a lot of Legacys on the lot. Saw a nice gray 2009 SE, one-owner, clean carfax, only 8,500 miles. But my salesperson wanted $19,800 OTD. When I tried to negotiate, he insisted that there is no negotiation at Kolb under any circumstances--that his price was "no haggle". Didn't even take my contact info to follow up. Too bad, because I like the car. I wish he was willing to talk price at least a little, but I can't see paying that much for a used Legacy, even if it is low miles.
#784 of 1006 2009 Legacy
Dec 29, 2009 (8:33 am)
I'm not sure where you're located, but I'd walk or run away from that delearship. Of course I've got the benefit of living in the Colorado front range, where Subie stores are like Stop-N-Gos! I intitially contacted 6 delearships and 3 of those showed prices on their web-sites that were discounted from MSRP.
BTW, I considered a couple of 2009s, for about $20,000 each, but the difference in the size and EPA estimates of the 2010 changed my mind. My Legacy is almost identical in every dimension (as checked on this site) with my 2003 Maxima. I think the smaller trunk on the '09 and the lower gas mileage would have been problems for me.
#785 of 1006 Re: 2009 Legacy - too good to be true? [bruuklin]
Dec 29, 2009 (8:57 am)
In fairness that's how no-haggle dealerships work. At least you know you'd pay the same price as any VIP would.
It's not necessarily the rock-bottom lowest price you will find, but it's an even playing field, with no games.
#786 of 1006 Re: 2009 Legacy - too good to be true? [bruuklin]
Dec 29, 2009 (9:12 am)
How anxious are you to get the car. I bet if you can wait until the end of January, you'll get a much better deal. Timing is everything.
Dec 29, 2009 (2:39 pm)
what makes you think that you can get a better deal in late January? I have been offered invoice pricing out here in the bay area for a subaru if I buy before the end of the year.
#789 of 1006 Re: 2009 Legacy - too good to be true? [longislander1]
Dec 29, 2009 (4:29 pm)
It will be hard to go another 5 weeks. The reason I waited until now was I'd been told so often that at the end of a month/quarter/year I'd be likely to get a strong deal. Why January?
I no longer have any idea what counts as a deal for a used Legacy.
#790 of 1006 Re: 2009 Legacy - too good to be true? [longislander1]
Dec 30, 2009 (10:38 am)
I know this isn't a pricing or buying experience question, but needed brief advice from you guys as people with owning experience: do you think the 2008-2009 Legacy is effective as a "family" sedan, or am I being unrealistic. The sticking point for me on going for one of these is that we have a baby and will likely try to have another in a few years. I want to keep whatever I buy right now for many years (I want to run it into the ground) but worry it's just not big enough for a growing family. My wife is really skeptical and pushing for us to get something larger. I just don't like large cars, and can't afford an SUV right now. $19-20K is really the max of my budget. Our other car is a 2006 Honda Accord. My argument to her is that the Accord is our larger "family" car. But she thinks we need more flexible.
Any thoughts? Does the Legacy prove to be as small as she thinks it is, once you've owned it awhile?