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Returning to the scene of the crime

Over the years, I've had the great fortune to be allowed to work from home full time. For the last ten years in fact. Those days aren't gone, but I am being asked to come into the office a bit more. Somewhere between 40-100% is how often I get to work from home. I figure I'm going to shoot for 80% or so. Why so little? Because I got conference calls at 5AM... But I digress.

With that in mind, I started car shopping in earnest. Initially, I just wanted a cheap used car to travel about. A used Honda Element AWD in stick was perfection. That then shifted to a 2009 WRX wagon. Which then morphed into a Subaru Forester XT or Outback XT. Each iteration ended up costing more and more. It got bad enough where the new car bug took a great big bite out of me and I found myself back at good ole Evanstan Subaru.

Of course, the last time I walked these grounds I did the unthinkable. I gave up my pre-ordered BRZ.

I dug up some old pics from that day, and you know, it still kind of hurts. By now this would have been paid off and I wouldn't need to do any car shopping.

Things change though. I am on the hunt for a new 2017 Subaru Forester or Outback. Late summer apparently is a sales lull for a lot of manufacturers, so Subaru is offering 0% APR financing for any 2017 dealer stock Forester and Outbacks. I managed to get my hands on the keys to a Forester XT Touring and it was quite good. The sight lines are simply amazing. The power was also really satisfying.

I then got into a Outback 3.6R Limited. Not bad at all. A couple years back we rented a 2015 Outback 2.5i Limited and drove it around Yellowstone with my parents. It was a great place to take in the driving tours of Yellowstone. It ate up the miles from Jackson Hole and back with aplomb. As things go though, I wanted a bit more power, and the 3.6R delivers. With a bit more research, the price jump from a 3.6R Premium to Limited to Touring didn't seem all that bad to me after more and more options became requirements. I somehow found myself "settling" for a 2017 Outback 3.6R Touring. But then that meant I had to really start talking to dealers and sales people...

Not the most enjoyable of experiences. Lots of false starts. Lots of misdirection. It's obvious the sales guys know what they got and know its going to sell. So why not take in the profit? Thus was born my spreadsheet of all available 2017 Outback 3.6R Tourings within two hours of me. I wanted a green one, but there were only two available. Lets just say the actions of one of the sales guys soured me on green. Even now, every time I think of the green paint job, I think of that sales guy that was trying to fleece me on a loaner with 5k miles. I didn't want to relate something I own to a negative experience.

My journey is almost over. I've locked in a price on a black Outback at Evanston Subaru... Hopefully this time I actually go through with the purchase.