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Hello,
1st time post and 1st time owner of Subaru Outback (2.5i/Premium). We recently purchased our 2013 Outback and are loving it. Would like your opinions on which accessories add value to the Outback wagon from a current utility/comfort/performance perspective.? Are floor mats more valuable than seat covers? Is a hood protector more valuable than a moon air deflector, etc....

Looking forward to your feedback...

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Hello,
1st time post and 1st time owner of Subaru Outback (2.5i/Premium). We recently purchased our 2013 Outback and are loving it. Would like your opinions on which accessories add value to the Outback wagon? Are floor mats more valuable than seat covers? Is a hood protector more valuable than a moon air deflector, etc....

Looking forward to your feedback...

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You might want to clarify: Adding future resale value, or current utility/comfort/performance value?
 

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Added that I was looking from a current utility/comfort/performance perspective.
 

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Well I got a tow hitch and that was great for hauling my bike. I'm also getting the rear seat back protectors, whenever they show up. I also got new tires but I'm sure I'm in the minority on that one.

Other than that she is all stock. :29:
 

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Do what they do in Europe, add more power. Yours will be a cakewalk to add 30-50% more power. E-mail Tim @ Raptor Super Chargers.

club.liberty.asn.au • View forum - Raptor Superchargers

You could also beef up the suspension, add in your personal style sound, change the wheels, tint the windows - dark, install that built in Escort system you always wanted with the laser diverters, off road lighting, skid plates, and the list can go on and on.
 

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Do what they do in Europe, add more power. Yours will be a cakewalk to add 30-50% more power. E-mail Tim @ Raptor Super Chargers.

club.liberty.asn.au • View forum - Raptor Superchargers

You could also beef up the suspension, add in your personal style sound, change the wheels, tint the windows - dark, install that built in Escort system you always wanted with the laser diverters, off road lighting, skid plates, and the list can go on and on.
:drool:

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Stay stock or at least look on NADA and Edmunds...

First of all, a stock vehicle that's well maintained, single owner has highest value. This means original equipment tires at trade-in time as well for some reason I've noticed... Buyers are hoping to get "new car at used price" and it's a mental thing to see OEM tires...

Next, look at the websites for accessories that show value on the NADA/KBB/Edmunds sites... Generally hitch receivers and moonroofs/leather are best return which is why they appear on these appraisal sites, but it's far from an investment. You're going to buy them for comfort/utility and to lose the least though. Performance mods are huge red flags for an Outback typical used buyer IMHO. An older buyer of a used wagon for themselves or their kids isn't going to likely be a hot rodder (hats off to the few folks who are though)!

Last, think about the target buyer and what they would be willing to pay more for on your "someday" used car. Buying nicer name brand tires in the year you sell seems silly, but it's an obvious tip of a nicer used vehicle every buyer understands. Just bake in 80% or so of the cost into the deal (trade or retail). Dealers usually try to get a grade or so below what the car really rates, so you can say "I have records and it has newer tires" as leverage. They'll usually bump up the trade value when you dig your heels in because they "get it".

Final warning though, if the car has accidents or other red flags on Carfax, don't put ANY money into tires or mods and just shop it hard as is. Dealers are pro's and will work you down to "Average" or "Rough" condition and any $ you put into the car will likely go into their pocket in that case.
 

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