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I am considering buying a Subaru Outback, especially after Jody DeVere told me she likes them! Does it make more sense to buy the newer model or the previous model year? The difference in cost is $873 more for the newer model, but I understand there are only very minor changes for the new year. I drive at least 20k miles per year, and want to get the most from my money. Thank you!

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Cherie Watters, President of Sales and Marketing at AskPatty.com Hi Jane, I have to say; 20,000 miles a year would be considered a lot of miles in a year. In general the car takes the biggest depreciation the first year. With the mileage you are driving, it may be wise to buy the less expensive one and save the money. Subaru Outback is a great car. Good Luck

Jessie L Thatcher, F&I and Sales Specialist at Reynolds and Reynolds Company  (Retired) You need to consider how long you are going to keep the vehicle. If you intend to drive it up to 100,000 miles and want a factory warranty that will cover the mechanical parts of the vehicle than buying new makes sense. If the used vehicle has very low miles and hasn't been in service for a year, than it might be worth it to buy used. The warranty is the key to the decision.

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