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#3258 of 3625 2011 Forester 2.5x Premium
Jun 21, 2011 (6:25 am)
Four days ago, I purchased a 2011 Forester 2.5x Premium in the Baltimore-WashingtonDC area for $1150 under invoice. The specific car is a sage green 2011 Forester 2.5x Premium with the All-Weather Package (heated seats, mirrors, windows...), all-weather mats, rear bumper cover, removable cargo tray, luggage compartment cover, splash guards, aero cross bars, ipod/cellphone tray and the auto-dimming mirror with compass. The auto-dimming mirror was the feature that I did not need or want. The MSRP on the vehicle was $26,764. The invoice was $24,804. I got it for $23,654 + $1,419.24 in taxes, $240 in titles and tags and $95 processing fee. The $725 destination fee and $300 PZEV fee were included in the prices quoted. The total was $25408.24, over $1300 below MSRP.
If you're looking to buy a new Subaru, I suggest you check out Edmunds for the reviews to determine what exactly you might want and then to get the invoice and MSRP price. Then check TrueCars which usually directs you to a dealer offering the car below invoice. In my case, I found one dealer offering $500 below invoice. I e-mailed 5-10 other dealers in MD/VA and three others were, eventually, willing to come down to $500-600 below invoice (after some internet haggling). A different dealership offered $1000 below invoice (having been told my starting point of $500 below), had an internet coupon for $150 off and had me in that weekend to finalize the deal. Subaru is offering 1.9% APR for a 36 month loan until the end of the month, but we would have been able to get 2.25% from a local bank for a 60 or 72 month loan.
Thanks everyone for your posts and all of the information. If not for reading about the great deals people were able to make, I might have settled for less. Thanks!
#3259 of 3625 Re: Front license plate mounting? [mkunze]
Jun 21, 2011 (6:55 am)
Simple solution (that I have done in FL... where we also only rear lic. plate... will solve it:
Measure the middle of the front bumper; measure center of front license plate and use it as a template. Mark front license plate holes and drill small holes at those spots. Insert white screw-in plaster anchors (available at Lowes or Home Depot) - and you have mounting holes with thread in the front bumper!
#3260 of 3625 Re: 2011 Forester 2.5x Premium [mickfickle]
Jun 21, 2011 (6:58 am)
$1150 off Invoice is a good deal. I bought mine 6 weeks ago for $1300 off Invoice. You lay out the pertinent points: Contact as many Subaru dealers as you can. Let them fight over your Business. Know exactly what you want and don't waiver. Finally, get your hands on the Invoice.
#3261 of 3625 Re: Subaru Forester 2011 [budhina]
Jun 21, 2011 (7:19 am)
I own a 2008 CRV and a 2011 Subaru Forester.
I lean slightly to the CRV.
Forester gets better Mileage Per Gallon but there are little things I don't like.
When starting the Forester up, engine runs rough for awhile, passenger seat sits low so visibility isn't good.
Overall though, you can't go wrong with either. Good luck!
Jun 21, 2011 (9:26 am)
I bought my Forester 2.5 X Auto Trans with Alloywheel package for $20,649 + TTL. I guess its a good vehicle .....though there is some noise at 70mph but its not that bad....4 gears are smooth...Not sure what the invoice price was but this is the best deal I was getting and no one was willing to beat this. I contacted as many as 10 dealers in the area....
#3263 of 3625 Re: FXT 2011 [budhina]
Jun 21, 2011 (9:29 am)
Yeah...the MSRP was $23,200
#3264 of 3625 Re: 2011 Forester 2.5x Premium [specdan]
Jun 21, 2011 (11:12 am)
Thanks. I had hoped to get $1300 below invoice, but when none of the other dealers would approach $1000, I thought it best not to press my luck. I did, actually, check with out of state dealers close to where family lives too. Nice job on the $1300!
Btw, do you know now dealers can actually afford to go $1300 below invoice? I know there's a $400-500 holdback, but that doesn't seem to add up completely.
#3265 of 3625 Re: 2011 Forester 2.5x Premium [mickfickle]
Jun 21, 2011 (11:34 am)
John, you did great regardless. Once you get below invoice, you're doing just fine.
#3266 of 3625 May I know where you got your car?
Jun 27, 2011 (8:28 am)
#3267 of 3625 Re: May I know where you got your car? [lucasq]
Jun 27, 2011 (8:52 am)
Sharrett Subaru in Hagerstown us where I purchased it. A number of others in the DC/MD/Balt. area were willing to come down to $500-600 below invoice though too.