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Should You Buy A Certified Pre-Owned Subaru Outback Or Wait For New 2020 Model?

You can save money buying a certified preowned vehicle and Auto Trader says the Subaru Outback is one of the 10 Best Certified preowned cars to buy. Here’s why you might want to wait a year.

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How much money can you save buying a certified Preowned car? According to Auto Trader's calculations, the average transaction price of a new 2019 Subaru Outback is about $32,200, while a 2015-2018 Certified Preowned Outback is valued at around $26,500. That’s a $5,700 savings.

Auto Trader’s list of 10 must-shop certified pre-owned cars includes the popular Subaru Outback. When it comes with a manufacturer-backed certified pre-owned warranty, it can give you up to 100,000 miles of coverage. So you won’t have to worry about unforeseen costs typically associated with a used car.

Auto Trader picks vehicles that are rated high in safety, which Outback is a leader, and it also offers the latest design despite being a few years old. It will look newer and your neighbors will never know if you are that really that vain and you care what they think. Here’s a better option if you can wait a year.

Consider waiting one more year

Here’s something to consider before you rush out to buy a certified pre-owned 2015- 2018 Subaru Outback. Subaru will bring an all-new 2020 Subaru Outback to showrooms early next year. It will get a complete redesign and come with even more standard safety tech, likely a new turbocharged engine, improved fuel mileage, and a new architecture that will feature improved driving dynamics, and a larger, quieter cabin. The price will be higher than a current 2019 model, but the technology upgrades will be significant.

When we take a look at the redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy sedan we get an idea of what improvements are coming on the 2020 Subaru Outback.

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If it were up to us, we would wait a year and get the newest 2020 Subaru Outback that will feature a multitude of improvements including the new Subaru Global Platform. If you can’t wait, Subaru still offers a good certified pre-owned warranty on a 2015-2018 Outback, with 7 years and 100,000 miles of coverage from the date of original sale. This allows for good peace of mind and you save about $5,700 over a new 2019 model.

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frank ubriaco (not verified)    February 16, 2019 - 4:18PM

i have a 2012 outback 3.6 premium. my biggest complaint is the front passenger seat controls. on long trips my wife complains that the seat is too low and there is no adjustment to raise or lower the seat. i have two chevy pick-ups a 2000 and a 2015 and both have powered passenger seats that can be raised or lowered. please try to incorporate this feature in your 2020 model of the outback.

Teresa Hunt (not verified)    February 18, 2019 - 11:46PM

Does this mean I was tricked when I bought my 2016 Outback? They told me certified only applied to the Subaru made parts, ie the engine & tranny. I paid 2000. For full coverage warranty because no electronics or other mechanicals were covered by Subaru. These people also ripped buyers off for 799. Dock fee. Very high. If this was a crooked deal do I have reprecutions with Saburu against the dealer? This was my first Subaru.

UncleFappy (not verified)    May 6, 2019 - 6:29AM

In reply to by Teresa Hunt (not verified)

Unfortunately, bamboozling was set upon you Teresa. There is no such thing as a "dock fee" however there IS a "doc" fee which is short for documentation fee and not uncommon but still unnecessary or too high. You have no recourse thru Subaru. They were correct in stating that the CPO program only covers Subaru components and I would be surprised if any manufacturer of any product that offers an extended warranty would extend that protection to items they do not make and have no control over the quality of the item or it's proper installation. They did make some money on you with the aftermarket extended warranty though. I would read the fine print on what it covers, does not cover and what you have to do if a breakdown occurs. Some are really shady. I had a customer's repair on a power window motor denied because they could not provide proof of proper engine oil change records! (14yrs as a Chevy Service Manager)

Give them a bad review and chalk it up to a learning experience.