Usually, when someone buys a new car and posts about it to brag on social media, they’ve usually bought something better or it’s their first car ever, both times for celebration. This seems to not be the case. According to a couple of Subaru fans off Reddit earlier today (Nov. 12, 2017) a post was shared showing a new car buyer from Glendora Hyundai trading in her mint looking 2016 Subaru WRX Sti for a much more sensible 2017 Hyundai Veloster. Check out a screenshot of the offending Instagram post below. How could they?!
The Subaru WRX Sti is the top tier of Subaru’s WRX lineup. It’s a literal rally car right off the lot. Priced at $34,695, it’s not exactly all that affordable for your average teenager. But, if you work your butt off full-time and have good credit, you can expect to pay off your Sti in $600 increments over 60 months if you go for that typical financing route.
But life happens and you can’t afford that payment, so you downgrade to something kind of sporty and affordable. That’s what we think happened in this case.
The Hyundai Veloster MSRP’s at $18,100. Assuming Ms. Castro still had something like $16,000 left on the loan, giving her the benefit of the doubt that she got a good five-year deal, it looks like the WRX STI had a trade-in value hovering around $29,000, which is pretty good. Minus her remaining loan and with about $5,000-6,000 left to finance, Ms. Castro, with the help of her parents (assuming from the picture as she appears to be standing next to her Mom) she could’ve driven off the lot of Glendora Hyundai without a loan on her back. Not such a bad deal.
On one hand, the WRX Sti is a barn-burner of a speed vehicle making 305 HP and 290 lb-ft from its turbocharged flat-four. Contrast that to the Hyundai Veloster with its paltry 132 HP and 120 lb-ft, it’s going to be a very different driving experience for her.
No matter the case, she probably misses driving her Sti but is probably enjoying not having a 600 dollar monthly payment to deal with.
For Glendora Hyundai, they’re probably going to never live this one down. A quick search through their Instagram shows that they’ve already deleted this post.