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#1403 of 3393 2008 Subaru Outback 2.5i MT
Sep 06, 2007 (6:49 am)
Yesterday, I took delivery on a quartz silver wagon from Becker Subaru in Allentown, PA. This is the 5th new car I've bought in my lifetime and without a doubt my sales experience with Becker was superior to any other. Pricing was very fair and the whole transaction was committed smoothly and quickly. It was certainly worth the 40 mile drive up to Allentown (I live closer to Philly).
Becker sold me the 2008 at invoice ($23,040) and also I took the $1,000 cash rebate from Subaru, taking the price down to $22,040. Edmund's current TMV is $500 over invoice.
I traded-in a 2003 Outback Base wagon MT with 46,700 miles in good condition for $11,000. "Market" trade-in value depending on condition and estimator (Edmunds, KBB, Intellichoice, etc) ranged from $9,084 to $12,175 so I am satisfied with the trade-in allowance. I paid $20,747 for the 2003 which means the car depreciated $9,747 over the 49 months I owned it. No complaints.
Financing is going through SOA and I got 6.99% for 36 months. It was cheaper to take the $1,000 rebate than get the 3.9% subsidized financing (can't combine them).
I did not have to negotiate or haggle on price at all. These prices represented their "initial offer" and did not see the need to talk them down. Usually a dealer's first price (purchase minus trade-in allowance) is so ridiculous and off by a few grand from the "real" price; however, it appears Becker is more interested in turn-around and making deals. They did not pressure me to buy add-on services and warranties either.
When I picked up my new car yesterday, all the paperwork was in order and the prices on the sheets were exactly as promised. The people are very friendly and relaxed. My salesperson told me Becker is closed on weekends so everybody works a "regular" Monday-Friday schedule; the people are happier for it.
I'm glad I went "out of my way" and drove to Allentown. Based on my experience at Becker I can't see buying a Subaru anyplace else.
#1404 of 3393 Re: Purchased Subaru Outback 2.5I Limited w/VDC yesterday [fxoffroad]
Sep 06, 2007 (7:42 pm)
Thank you so much for your post! I live in the Denver metro area and have been shopping Subaru dealers this past week for a 2008 Outback. I emailed the dealer you suggested and they sent back the price of $25500 for 2.5i Limited. Did you have to negotiate further to get the VDC or did that automatically come with it? The one other option I would like is a remote start.
Thanks for your help! Have a great night..
#1405 of 3393 2.5i Ltd VDC
Sep 07, 2007 (1:20 am)
since end of July all 2.5i Ltd should be coming with VDC (model 8DG), they stopped making them without VDC after that time. its possible they may have an early production version (8DF) from before this time on their lot.
#1406 of 3393 Re: Purchased Subaru Outback 2.5I Limited w/VDC yesterday [stacie995]
Sep 07, 2007 (8:50 am)
No I didn't have to try to get them to lower the price - but you may ask to see "if they can do any better".
Your welcome. Yeah... it came w/ VDC (which I think is a "must have" option)... I'm think the cash back offer from Subaru is less right now... then what I got. sounds like a great deal. Most LTDs I've saw had the VDC and remote start. The vehicle w/ those options for the $25500 sounds good if it works for you.
Valley Subaru was by far the most efficient, straight-forward dealerships. I couldn't believe that the Aurora dealer or other dealers were asking me repeatedly which model and color I wanted and Valley was giving me EXACT prices - which is EXACTLY what I paid. I found that to be very rare... hence these postings!
#1407 of 3393 Re: Purchased Subaru Outback 2.5I Limited w/VDC yesterday [fxoffroad]
Sep 07, 2007 (12:58 pm)
Cash back offer for September is $1000 for the '08s (Not XT), according to a solicitation I received from a Subaru dealership yesterday.
#1408 of 3393 Re: Purchased Subaru Outback 2.5I Limited w/VDC yesterday [xwesx]
Sep 08, 2007 (7:55 am)
Subaru is giving $750 on 08 XTs in my market (Colorado). Easiest if you simply check on their website... they update their rebates/cash back every month.
#1409 of 3393 Re: Purchased Subaru Outback 2.5I Limited w/VDC yesterday [fxoffroad]
Sep 08, 2007 (9:52 am)
What color LTD did you get and did your final price reflect the $1000 rebate?
Ross in NM
#1410 of 3393 Re: Purchased Subaru Outback 2.5I Limited w/VDC yesterday [fxoffroad]
Sep 08, 2007 (10:04 pm)
I am also in Colorado and have decided to make my Outback purchase with the dealer in Colorado Springs. Number 1 in sales for Subaru and a large inventory. They have always answered my calls and email quickly and have provided below invoice prices on not only cars they have in stock, but also cars in stock at other dealers. Did not try Valley since they did not have the Outback in stock that I wanted.
As far as other dealers in Colorado it has been interesting. Did use the Subaru site to ask for prices at 3 dealers on cars they had in stock. One in the mtns waited a week to reply and never offered a price. The one in GJ called within an hour, but the saleswoman admitted she had only been working there 2 weeks and when I asked for a price she guessed it was MSRP; she did call back and offer invoice. The third request was to Golden where I previously bought Subaru's and have had my service done. They never offered a price, but I did get a test drive; after going through 4-5 salesmen. Also used Edmunds to ask for prices from Golden and Boulder; 10 days later and no reply from either.
#1411 of 3393 Re: Subaru Outback: Prices Paid & Buying Experience [kurisu]
Sep 09, 2007 (6:09 am)
The internet sales at the dealership I'm looking at quoted me for a 2.5i which comes with the cold weather package. He said "our cost is 22,200 and
we would ask to make at least a small profit on it." (destination/deliv charge included in that price.). I'm not looking at VDC and I hope that's the right decision. I'm not sure if that 22K included the rebate but I would assume not, as I just read about it here.
Excuse my newbie-ness, but I'm going in today to drive the thing and have my Sienna LE looked at for trade in (I know I have to look it up in the KBB first, however).
Any thoughts on what I should offer? I am paying CASH plus the trade in. No financing.
#1412 of 3393 Re: Purchased Subaru Outback 2.5I Limited w/VDC yesterday [14ersco]
Sep 09, 2007 (12:26 pm)
Valley Subaru in Longmont didn't have the Limited I wanted either... but they got the exact car I wanted and the had the lowest price - which is exactly what I paid when I took delivery.
I was very surprised by dealers in the Denver area - like Burt Subaru who until last week were still sending me e-mails to see what color and model I wanted (I had always responded w/ the details), so it was a crock. I drove an Outback LTD the Golden dealership. Walked right in and the sales manager got me a plate and handed me the keys... I asked if I could take it up on 70 and he said go to Idaho Springs if you like by myself. That was sweet and honestly that was the deciding moment for me. Unfortunately they never gave me pricing on the vehicle.
Shorline in Aurora came in second place - but couldn't match the price from Valley in Longmont. And I don't understand why Shortline needs to put pinstriping on every Outback. The other dealers, Flatirons, etc... just plain bad.