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It’s incredibly difficult to find a good deal on a new or used SUV right now. In fact, it might be even harder to get a good price on a used car, as the shortage of new cars has put them in high demand. Because of that, some people are willing to drive to get a new car. If you’re looking for a used Subaru Forester and you happen to live in Mississippi, you just might be in luck. A used Subaru Forester is one of the SUVs that makes the most sense to travel to buy. Here’s why and how much you’ll save with just a short(ish) trip.

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The cheapest used Subaru Forester can be had in Minnesota

If you live in Mississippi, particularly the Columbus-Tupelo-West Point area, you’ll pay the most in the country for a used Subaru Forester. On the other hand, those who live in Duluth, Minnesota or Superior, Wisconsin will get the cheapest Subaru Forester around. In fact, it’s $7,889 cheaper to buy a used Subaru Forester in either of those cities instead of Mississippi, or 23.5%.

So does it make sense to travel to buy a used Subaru Forester? It just might if you live in a city that has the most expensive Subaru SUV. iSeeCars points out that it would take only 17 hours to travel between these two cities. This provides the greatest cost savings for the shortest travel distance. Even with travel expenses, it just might be worth it to make the trip to buy your new used SUV in the cheapest state possible.

It’s worth it to drive to pick up your new used SUV

Okay, so it’s cheaper to travel to buy a used Subaru Forester. Does it also make sense to drive to buy other used SUVs? It could. Karl Brauer, iSeeCars Executive Analyst, says that “When looking at the most popular cars on the market, used car prices can vary by as much as $14,166 between cities.”

hings like plane tickets and hotel rooms. Brauer says, “even after purchasing a plane ticket or taking a road trip, consumers may find traveling to buy a used car in another state to be worth it for significant savings.”

The Nissan Rogue has the biggest difference in costs

Of all the used vehicles that iSeeCars studied, the Nissan Rogue was the most expensive to buy in one city compared to another. Buy a used Nissan Rogue in Fairbanks, Alaska and you’ll pay $10,738 or a whopping 32.4% more than if you buy that same SUV in San Antonio, Texas. So is it worth it to travel from Alaska to Texas to buy your used SUV? You’d have to do the math to see if it’s worth it for you, but that’s a huge difference.

The vehicle with the smallest difference is the Ram 1500. Alaska remains the most expensive state to buy the Ram 1500 in, with a used Ram truck costing $10,701 or 22% more in Anchorage than in Lafayette, Indiana.

If you’re looking for a used SUV or truck then it might make sense for you to drive to buy it. When you’re looking for the best deal, consider looking outside of your city – maybe way outside of your city – to do that. Even with travel expenses, you could save a pretty big chunk of change.


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