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#1685 of 3457 Strategy for Purchasing an Outback 2.5i
Mar 07, 2009 (1:33 pm)
2009 Outback 2.5i Model 9DB (automatic) has an invoice price of $22,627 (including destination fee).
I am a member of the IMBA so I can use the Subaru VIP program which I understand gives a 2% discount off of invoice plus no additional fees (except tax and title). 2% is about $450 so the dealer should charge me about $22,175.
There is a new $2000 cash rebate to the customer. So I should be able to write a check to the dealer for $20,175.(plus TTL)
Two questions, do these calculations sound correct? Should I expect the dealer to go more than 2% under invoice? ("The dealer was getting $1,500 cash incentive before Subaru started this $2,000 rebate - per cars101.com so things have changed in the last few days.)
PS - I am located in Upstate South Carolina - I don't see many Subaru's around here unless I drive up to Asheville, NC.
#1686 of 3457 Re: Strategy for Purchasing an Outback 2.5i [dlhanson]
Mar 07, 2009 (7:51 pm)
what is IMBA? and the Subaru VIP Program?
#1687 of 3457 Re: Strategy for Purchasing an Outback 2.5i [fendertweed]
Mar 07, 2009 (8:15 pm)
IMBA = International Mountain Bicycling Association
Subaru VIP program - a Subaru program to promote the interests of Subaru and the organization/company
See (and the FAQ page linked from here) for more details
And search for "Subaru VIP" using google to find other orgs
#1688 of 3457 Re: Strategy for Purchasing an Outback 2.5i [fendertweed]
Mar 07, 2009 (11:21 pm)
I need your help,im looking to buy a used 2001 outback limited (2.5 engine) with 41,000 miles on it this week.I've done some researched on the vehicle and found out alot of people have problems with the Head Gasket going out? Anyone had any problems with this on their 2001 Outback? Please share i need to know quickly..i put deposit for the vehicle...Thanks
#1689 of 3457 Re: Strategy for Purchasing an Outback 2.5i [dlhanson]
Mar 09, 2009 (2:18 pm)
dlhanson, I have been watching the Outback prices carefully in the Northeast. My '05 OB was totalled and I have the insurance settlement, but was waiting to see if the prices came down since I have the use of a spare car for a little while longer.
On fitzmall.com, they have the 9DB model with invoice of $22627 posted for $19709, which is $466 below your calculation. This has been consistent with the pricing I have seen lately - these can be obtained for invoice minus rebate (or dealer cash) minus another ~$1000.
I'm looking at the Special Edition model 9DD, mainly because of the heated seats which we loved on our previous OB and the alloys. On fitzmall.com, these models with invoice of $24295 are selling for $20999. My local dealer in eastern PA has said the best price they can offer on the 9DD is $21099, which is an equivalent deal given the distance to fitzmall. I think I'll finally be buying in the next few weeks.
FYI, only PA sales tax (6%) and tags/doc (~$125) get added to the $21099 price
#1690 of 3457 Re: Strategy for Purchasing an Outback 2.5i [dad2be]
Mar 09, 2009 (2:49 pm)
We live in NW South Carolina. It costs about $150 to fly to Fitzmall if my son drives me to Charlotte, NC. Fitzmall told me that they add $99 to their internet prices as a doc fee. I am inclined to spend up to about $500 above the Fitzmall price to buy the car locally. It will actually be our son's car - he is moving to NE PA in May.
#1691 of 3457 2.5i SE Automatic
Mar 09, 2009 (7:59 pm)
These forums have been very helpful in our car search, so I thougt the least I could do is post the result of our purchase this past weekend:
2009 Outback 2.5i Special Edition
Windshield Protection thrown in
$20,899 out the door cost including fees, excluding our 5.1% tax.
I shopped online at Fitz and Hueberger in Colorado Springs. We're in the Denver area so Heuberger was a real possibility. Our closest dealership matched Huebergers pricing, but I couldn't get anyone to go below this.
Thank you to the people who have posted here.
#1692 of 3457 Re: Strategy for Purchasing an Outback 2.5i [dlhanson]
Mar 10, 2009 (9:15 am)
That's right - I forgot about the $99 processing fee. I also preferred not to go down to Maryland to purchase at fitzmall, but it was nice to have their prices clearly posted on the website to use as leverage in my negotiations locally, but it appears that there is a larger dealer network here to work with. Sounds like you should easily be able to hit your target of fitzmall + $500 max. Good luck.
#1693 of 3457 Re: 2.5i SE Automatic [tdamisch]
Mar 10, 2009 (9:40 am)
Congrats on your Outback purchase! It appears that the deals are relatively consistent in many parts of the country. In PA they only stock/sell the PZEV version which brings my MSRP up by $200 to $25,790 and the sale price is $21,099 + doc & tax.
#1694 of 3457 2.5i automatic
Mar 14, 2009 (11:51 am)
I am in Maryland. Here is a dealer's price quote for me:
Subaru outback 2.5i automatic Model 9DB
internet price: $21995(including 2000 rebate)
processing fee: $99
2 yrs tags: $128
title fee: $50
lien fee: $20.00
temp tag: 20.00
out the door price before taxes: $20316
Is it a reasonale price? How much room can I negociate on that? He said some of the fees included may not be applicable so can be adjusted when I go in. What are the fees possible?