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#1041 of 3509 Finally bought the XT Limited!
Mar 24, 2006 (11:22 pm)
Well, I finally bit the bullet and bought the Forester XT Limited this evening. Here's the deal: $25,349.00 for an automatic with the only addition being the rear bumper cover. Got the steel grey metallic. Also, got free 3000 and 7500 service and the option to purchase the top of the line 7 year warranty for 50% off in three years when the 36 month warranty expires (by then I will have accrued enough Subaru bucks and it will actually be free). They also threw in a lanyard, two Subaru pens, a T-shirt, baseball cap and two Subaru keychains.
So, what do you guys think? Did I get a good deal? I sure hope I like the car - right before I bought it, I finally found a used 2005 with only 15,000 miles and every extra goodie they make (yes, even the special foot pedals) that I could have bought for $22,500. It was a black one and I didn't want a black car, so I paid $3000 more to get the steel grey one. Stupid, huh? I still can't believe I finally bought it. Fabulous to drive, just TOUCH the gas and the thing FLIES!
#1042 of 3509 Re: Finally bought the XT Limited! [kumari]
Mar 25, 2006 (9:08 pm)
Congrats on the car and the great deal! Looks like you did very well on the deal. Which dealership did you buy it from?
#1044 of 3509 Re: Finally bought the XT Limited! [kumari]
Mar 27, 2006 (8:38 am)
Congrats, price seems great, too.
I had my windows tinted a while ago and it was $170, SolarGard dyed film. The metallic stuff costs more, so for $300 make sure you're getting the top quality stuff.
Subaru Bucks? Maybe not, unless the dealer does the work himself.
#1045 of 3509 Forester 2.5X, holdback, delivery
Mar 27, 2006 (8:45 pm)
I'm shopping 3-4 dealers for a base 2.5X
Saw mention here, the holdback is $748?
Is the delivery fee of $625 real, actually charged to the dealer? (central Virginia).
Whats the feeling on "processing fees"? I threatened to walk on a deal once, got the fee waived. Car dealers deserve to make a living but I do make it easy on them (here's my check, I'll take that car there). What's a "fair" profit for a quick deal, $300-$500?
#1046 of 3509 Re: Finally bought the XT Limited! [slazenger]
Mar 27, 2006 (9:01 pm)
I'm on the West coast. But, the second day I owned the car I saw it in broad daylight for the first time (I shopped it at dusk or at night) and noticed that it really needs window tinting, so I posted on all the boards and got some good ideas as to what it should cost. Wasn't expecting to need the tinting, so yet more expenses, but it's a wonderful car so far. Love the power and handling ability after driving a truck-based SUV for 11 years.
#1047 of 3509 Re: Forester 2.5X, holdback, delivery [nhnissaninva]
Mar 28, 2006 (1:11 am)
Delivery fee is real. Right now, I'd pay no more than $2000 under final invoice (which includes delivery fee). That gives the dealer the entire holdback. So, for example, I'd pay no more than $19,800 for a base 2.5X with automatic, which has a final invoice of $21,800. The current $2000 rebate would bring it to $19,800. You could probably do better than that by e-mailing a few dealers in your area for quotes. And make sure you get any add-ons at invoice, too.
I think the $748 profit is a fair deal, $300-500 profit is a good deal, and anything less is a great deal.
Processing fees? Usually $35 bucks around here, so not really enough to worry about one way or the other, to me. If it bugs you, but the dealer insists on charging it as a matter of policy, you can always ask for an extra to be thrown in as compensation - all-weather rubber floormats, a couple free oil changes, or something.
#1048 of 3509 Re: Forester 2.5X, holdback, delivery [jeffmc]
Mar 28, 2006 (10:01 am)
Looks like I've got one nailed down for 19,500 (automatic), they'll waive the standard "processing fee" of $239.
Not bad at 19.5K, should last me for 15 years
#1049 of 3509 Re: Forester 2.5X, holdback, delivery [nhnissaninva]
Mar 28, 2006 (10:04 am)
Mine's 9 years old and my only problem is I have no excuse to trade-in for a new one!
#1050 of 3509 Re: Forester 2.5X, holdback, delivery [nhnissaninva]
Mar 28, 2006 (11:18 am)
Yikes! $239 processing fee? Now I see what you mean! Glad that was waived. Sounds like you've got a nice deal - the current $2000 rebate on the X makes it a fantastic bargain, doesn't it?