Our US Subaru Outback Purchase – Part II – The Journey


This series of posts outlines how we saved over $9300 buying a 2011 Subaru Outback Limited in the United States as a vehicle import.  The following is the tale of the journey to make our purchase. We arranged to pick the car up Monday, July 12th at 11am. Originally we were hoping to use the Thousand Islands bridge to export, but K at the Subaru dealership informed us that this port of entry has different rules than does the Lewiston Bridge near Buffalo. Basically, Thousand Islands requires the original title, signed, whereas the Lewiston Bridge only requires a faxed unsigned…

Our US Subaru Outback Purchase – Part I – Background


It was time for a new car. We own a beautiful 3 yr old giant breed dog (not depicted). Our 2002 4 door Hyundai Accent meant our 100+ lb dog took the (entire) back seat and our 300 litre trunk had to accommodate the rest of our storage. Our hunt started in Dec 2009. We almost bought a used 2006 Ford Focus wagon via private sale.  We believed we needed something bigger even if we didn't save gas. So we decided against the Focus and started looking at new cars. I asked around on RFD in the Automotive forum. I…

Why we chose the 2011 Subaru Outback


Our search for a car was a long one.  We had specific criteria we wanted met in order to ensure this very large purchase was a good one.  After considering  may CUVs and wagons our choice came down to the Honda CR-V, Subaru Outback, Toyota Venza, Volkswagen Golf Wagon and the Hyundai Touring.  The Touring was not going to meet our cargo capacity requirements so we  considered the other four vehicles with a price range between $28,000 to $35,000.  We next eliminated the VW due to reliability issues and the Venza as it was the highest price car and while…

Our new blog: Sustainable Personal Finance


Welcome to Sustainable Personal Finance! We are a married couple living in Ontario, Canada who strive to balance our financial goals with our ethics and morals regarding sustainable living.  Achieving this balance takes a lot of compromise, detailed discussions and careful evaluation of how we handle our personal finances while doing what we can to protect the earth and act socially responsible.  Sustainable Personal Finance is our goal. Who Writes at Sustainable Personal Finance? There are two authors on this site.  Sustainable PF will primarily write about all things financial that we encounter, entertain and embark upon.  Mrs. Sustainable PF…