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Subaru Forester, Wagon, SUV
#1062 of 3514 Re: Just Bought Forester X Premium Auto in Austin, TX [nyjelj]
Apr 06, 2006 (7:35 pm)
I am looking for a Forester Premium, and I wanted to ask some opinions. I received a quote of $23,949 for a Forester with MSRP of $26,387. I believe the $23,949 was before the rebate is applied. Is this good for a start? I have never owned a Subaru. Here is the tricky part: I have a 2004 Jeep Liberty, and I have tried to determine trade-in value. I went to three primary sites for used car values, and I'm getting a significant variance -- one site says the trade-in value is $15,025, the other site says it's worth $13,384, and the last site says it's worth $12,690. How do you work with a dealer to get, say, $14,500? Is this realistic? My Jeep is fine, there are no major issues (knock on wood). Thanks.
#1063 of 3514 Re: Just Bought Forester X Premium Auto in Austin, TX [mb789]
Apr 07, 2006 (6:14 am)
How do you work with a dealer to get, say, $14,500? Is this realistic? My Jeep is fine, there are no major issues (knock on wood). Thanks.
Somewhere along the line, I'd stop at a Jeep dealership and pretend you are looking to trade in for a newer Liberty or maybe a Grand Cherokee. Go through the process and negotiate your best trade. That would probably give you an idea of the high-end trade value in your area, and you could then use that quote in discussions with non-Jeep dealers. I moved the needle trading an 03 Maxima at an Acura dealership by $3100 using this technique.
Don't forget the "whack-a-mole" effect - if you drive the price down too far in one place, they'll try to pop it back up somewhere else!
#1064 of 3514 Re: Just Bought Forester X Premium Auto in Austin, TX [mb789]
Apr 07, 2006 (10:21 am)
$23,949 before the rebate is a fair price... that's essentially the invoice price for an X Premium automatic. You could probably get down another $500-700 at most, which would eat up most or all of the dealer holdback, so they'd be making very little.
#1065 of 3514 Re: Fighting Chance info.
Apr 09, 2006 (12:14 pm)
Is it necessary to order the info. from FC for $35 or can I get just as much information on this forum do you think?
#1066 of 3514 Re: Just Bought Forester X Premium Auto in Austin, TX [mb789]
Apr 10, 2006 (4:42 am)
Go to a couple of Jeep dealers and tell them you want to sell it outright, that way you'll get the real value of it and you're not lying to them.
I think your quote is with rebate.
#1067 of 3514 Re: Fighting Chance info. [mknapp]
Apr 10, 2006 (10:41 am)
I think most of the info could be found here, but $35 isn't a huge investment. FC may have some negotiating tactics that could be useful, but if you find a dealer who sends you a reasonable, upfront quote right off the bat, I'd prefer to make a straightforward exchange of dialogue with them, rather than having to resort to any type of "tactics" to negotiate with a dealer that wants to go through that hassle. Try sending e-mails to a half-dozen dealers and see what responses you get. If there's no quote or dealer you like, try the FC thing. You've got several very large, reputable dealers in the PacNW (Carter Subaru in Seattle-area is #3 volume in nation, Carr Subaru in Beaverton is #2), so I'd be sure to include them. If you're not comfortable taking the plunge with any of the responses you get, post your lowest quote here and we can give you feedback.
#1068 of 3514 Good price?
Apr 12, 2006 (5:14 pm)
I'm looking for a Forester Premium, auto. The best quote I got so far was $23160 after rebate. That includes freight, auto-mirror/homelink, all weather mats, rear bumper cover, cargo net. The price is about $500 less than TMV for Rochester, NY. Is that a good price, or I can do better?
Thanks in advance.
#1069 of 3514 Re: Good price? [dinamo]
Apr 12, 2006 (10:59 pm)
Seems like a very good price, maybe only a couple hundred bucks profit. I think you may be able to get as low as $22,900. Check out fitzmall.com for pricing - I believe they're in MD. If they won't budge on price, tell 'em you take it if they throw in a free 15k service or something.
#1070 of 3514 Re: Good price? [jeffmc]
Apr 13, 2006 (3:47 am)
Now we're getting silly...do you think it's worth the trip from Rochester to Maryland to save maybe a hundred bucks?
#1071 of 3514 Re: Good price? [raybear]
Apr 13, 2006 (7:02 am)
Probably not worth the drive, if you look at the cost-per-mile to operate a car nowadays. It was 40-50 cents/mile that last time I looked prior to the recent gas price increases.
Hmmm - assume 200 miles 'twixt Rochester and Fitzmall, that's about 80-100 bucks just to save $100. And you'd go nutz driving back at 60 mph in order to do a proper break-in, what with having to vary the speed and all that for the first 1000 miles.
Yes, it is easy to go overboard just to be able to brag that you got a super deal on a new car.