1. Sharon needed a lower car payment
2. We needed a vehicle that had better gas mileage. The Forester being AWD burned thru tank after tank (22 MPG avg was not all that great)
3. With over 90K miles, she was out of warranty
4. Every 3000 to 4000 miles we had to add a quart of 10W0 motor oil.
We decided to see what CarMax had to offer.. intending to meet and establish ourselves with a sales person who would locate a low-miles used Toyota Prius or similar hybrid that would offer better MPG and a lower monthly payment... to our surprise they actually had what we were looking for on the lot. Within 4 hours we were driving our car home.
Now we are not burning Oil, our carbon footprint is much smaller, Sharon can save every month almost $80 on payments and probably $50 on gas, and the body and powertrain is covered for 125K miles & 5.5 years.