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Subaru Legacy, Sedan, Wagon
#355 of 1010 Re: Price in Canada [jskho]
Jul 11, 2006 (5:32 am)
I live in Toronto. I don't do trade-ins - sold the old one for twice the trade-in through Autotrader (always do it that way or craig's list)- then the deal is simple. I'll bet the dealer in Bellingham has sold plenty to Canadians. In fact, there is a dealer in Oakville On who sells Subarus from the US (he's on autotrader - his price is $3000 less than in Canada and $5000 more than if you do it yourslef in the US). I bought a 2006 Legacy i-LTD in Buffalo for a about 30% less tyhan in Canada(check the price at kbb.com and edmunds.com). The warranty crosses the border (just ask Subaru Canada and US) - I confirmed this when I had warranty work done in Canada with no problem. The registrar of imported vehicles gives step by step directions (http://www.riv.ca/english/html/how_to_import.html). The main thing to get clear is that US entry point requires that the title be faxed three full business days ahead of entry and they are only open during business hours. They clear the car for export and mark it on the title. You can drive in Canada with no plates (I got a temp NY plate) until you complete the provincial stuff (after the RIV inspection at Canadian Tire) . The US models are completely acceptable for Transport Canada requirements (Daytime running lights, km/hr notations, French language on airbags). The import fee is $206 and there is no duty as the car is made in Indiana. You can get it for $500 over invoice less rebates and no US tax. Freight is included and there is no PDI fee. If you buy it in Canada the best I could find is $700 over invoice and no rebates. The difference is about 8k on the i-Ltd. There are differences in the features per model and colour schemes so shop carefully. A helpful salesman in the US is necessary. The "no recalls" letter can come from the dealer if its a new car, otherwise Subaru America writes it.
#356 of 1010 Buy a new 2.5i Limited Wagon
Jul 12, 2006 (8:14 am)
Quick question for you guys. I am looking at buying my first Subaru. I have priced out the 2.5i Limited wagon from a couple of dealers here in the Columbus,OH area and have gotten them down to Invoice - the $1500 rebate. Is invoice still a good deal, or are dealers willing to go below invoice these days. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#357 of 1010 Re: Buy a new 2.5i Limited Wagon [rbundy]
Jul 12, 2006 (9:02 am)
Invoice is a fair deal, but if it's '06s you're looking at, you may be able to find a dealer in your area who'll go even lower. I'm in a different region (NW), so incentives for the dealers may be a little different, but I purchased a Specian Edition sedan (a step below your Limited) a couple weeks ago and received about $1500 below invoice before the rebate ($2000 on the SE).
#358 of 1010 Re: Buy a new 2.5i Limited Wagon [jeffmc]
Jul 12, 2006 (9:45 am)
Wow, $1500 below invoice before the rebate is a great deal. I am looking at the 06 model, so maybe I will need to shop around a little more.
It didn't take much work getting the salesman down to invoice, so I was starting to think that I could still get a better deal out there.
#359 of 1010 Re: Buy a new 2.5i Limited Wagon [rbundy]
Jul 12, 2006 (11:34 am)
I'd e-mail other dealers in your area for offers. Often the internet pricing they offer is more competitive and no-nonsense right off the bat, because they know you're shopping around and may be a more educated consumer. Means less negotiating is necessary. For example, I didn't haggle at all. It was simply a low, take-it-or-leave it price. Invoice is still a fair price, but anything better is gravy. Right now, Subaru must be offering the dealers extra incentive. I think I captured all of that incentive.
The dealer still makes a few hundred on the holdback from the manufacturer, so they're not going broke, just not making much profit. They'll make it up in volume and in the service dept., hopefully. I do want the dealers that have earned my business to make money, so that they'll be around to buy from again in the future! If I find an honest dealership that gives good customer service and pricing, I'll stick with 'em as long as they continue to do so and as long as they're selling a quality product.
#360 of 1010 Re: Buy a new 2.5i Limited Wagon [jeffmc]
Jul 14, 2006 (2:56 pm)
The best I was offered (Philadelphia, PA area) was 21760.00 on an SE which $400 under invoice (neither of those numbers include the $2000 rebate). If anyone offers $1500 under invoice I'm all over it. Otherwise I'm going to let my SubaruBucks build a little more.
#361 of 1010 Re: Buy a new 2.5i Limited Wagon [imoldfella]
Jul 14, 2006 (5:27 pm)
Looks like Fitzmall is currently offering about $900 under invoice on SE models, before rebate. They're in MD.
#362 of 1010 Re: Buy a new 2.5i Limited Wagon [jeffmc]
Jul 17, 2006 (10:53 am)
I just bought the 2.5i limited wagon for $1000 under invoice plus the $1500 rebate. I am not sure what sort of dealer incentives are going on, but there must be something extra the dealer is getting if they were willing to go $1K under. This was in Columbus, OH.
#363 of 1010 Re: Buy a new 2.5i Limited Wagon [rbundy]
Jul 17, 2006 (11:04 am)
Congrats! That's a great price on a great car! There's still a dealer holdback of somewhere around $200-$300 that Subaru saves from its profit on each car and sends to the dealer. They're not making much on you're deal, but they're making something.
#364 of 1010 2006 Legacy wagon special edition
Jul 24, 2006 (6:51 pm)
I got a quote from my local dealer for $1000 below invoice price before $2000 rebate. How is this price? thanks