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Subaru Impreza, Subaru Impreza WRX STi, Sedan, Wagon
#21 of 938 Down to $31,450
Sep 11, 2003 (3:54 pm)
¤ I'm Using the All OnLine Approach and If You Can Find a Dealer that Will Go this Route a Bargain Can Be Had. I've Received 2 Quotes From 2 Different Oregon Dealers and if One of Those Dealers Happens to Be a Very Motivated Seller a Below MSRP Number and Extras May Be in Your Future. Here is My Approach From this Point Forward On a Subaru WRX STI With Alarm Upgrade, Wheel Locks, AutoDim Mirrors & Compass: Drive the Vehicle, Make it Known that the Interior is Substandard [No Leather Package, Less than Impressive Guage and Panel Arrangement, No Remote or Wheel Control for Stereo] and That the Cooper and RSX Type S Both Have These Options At $23,000. Walk off the Lot and Guage Dealer Motivation. If EMail Continues Ask For Lube for Life, Coustom Seat Covers, Custom Tail Pipe, ETC. If the Dealer Indeed Understands that Your Saving them Money with an All EMail Sale and they Recognize Dealer HoldBack is Only Good for 3 Months [3 % of MSRP or Close to a $1000 On the STI] Then You Can Proceed With the Mutual Knowledge that Most Dealer Profit is Made After the Sale. If They Treat You Well You Will More than Likely Service that Vehicle At the Dealer and Return Again for a Future Purchase. And Just Remember that Most Cars in the $30 K Range Have 1ST Year Depreciation in the $5-$8k Range So Holding a Dealer to a Reasonable MarkUp is Beneficial For Both Parties. If Anyone on the West Coast Needs an STI in the Aforementioned Price Range Let Me Know as I May Be Able to Offer My Services. Bad Oregon Economy = Good Oregon Deals. ¶€AC€ KRN£¤K£INK
#23 of 938 Locked Out of the Car
Sep 14, 2003 (11:24 am)
My first experience at a Subaru dealer in southern california didn't go quite as I imagined.... the salesman locked my friend and I out of the car and refused to let us drive it. He said the price was $39,850 and that it was "non-negotiable." I understand that if this car was a limited edition Ferrari Enzo, or even a lowly Mercedes SL55 AMG I might accept that test drives are far and few between. But, this is a $30k SUBARU! Give me a break!
I thought perhaps maybe this Nazi-mentality was at only 1 dealer so I decided to visit another Subaru dealer in southern california. They said no test drives on the STi either. How are you supposed to buy a car without driving it first? I've never owned a Subaru, and apparently I never will because I refuse to buy a car I can't drive.
The problem is there are too many people who are willing to buy a car without driving it. There are too many people who are willing to pay more than MSRP. There are also too many other great cars to be accepting this kind of customer service from anyone.
#24 of 938 re: Locked Out
Sep 14, 2003 (11:32 am)
At many dealers the car was considered "owner driven", meaning no one was giving test drives with so many willing buyers at hand. It makes sense if you think about it bacause the first thing the buyer wants is a car with no miles on it.
Sep 14, 2003 (3:17 pm)
Hey, looking at the 2.5 RS. What are some prices paid in Canada? Only owned Honda's before but Subie seems to be the right one on paper to buy so far. Any happy canucks out there? I can't figure out if the AWD in Canada is that useful or is it not worth the lower gas mileage and increased maintenance and repair costs versus FWDs. Any comments? Funny to note that the 2.5 RS and WRX carry the same insurance rate. Too bad their MSRP don't match either.
Sep 14, 2003 (5:02 pm)
When the Miata came out dealers here had no demo units and no test drives. Want one, buddy? Put a deposit down and get on the waiting list, your "test drive" occurs when "your" car comes in and you've paid for it. Local Honda dealer wouldn't give test drives on the S2000 for a long time, either. You could drive a WRX and imagine the same thing, only more so.
Sep 15, 2003 (9:30 am)
I knew of one S2000 salesman that said he'd give a 100% money back guarantee. So you had to buy it to drive it. Noone took their money back!
I would want a car with just a couple of miles on it also, especially if I were buying an exotic, so I can't say I blame them.
Sep 17, 2003 (11:59 am)
I was able to test drive an STi but I had to let them pull my credit to show them I was able to buy it. They knew I was interested in buying it,not just taking it out for a test drive. They had two in stock and were using one for short test drives - I bought the one with 5 miles on it.
I can kind of understand a dealer not allowing test drives without someone proving they could buy it if they liked it. Although I had a much easier time getting a test drive in a new M3 and C32 AMG.
A friend of mine got a dealer down to $750 below MSRP on a silver STi this week.
#29 of 938 Point out numerous flaws and then say you want to buy
Oct 11, 2003 (7:37 am)
Talk about a CSI killing survey just waiting to happen. IF the attitude and personality coming through in the posts by krnlklink are the true persona this is the salesperson's nightmare. The customer who will give the worst survey to a hard working salesperson is invariably the one who pinches the penny the tightest and believes they are doing a huge favor by buying the car at a barrel scraping figure.
No, I am not suggesting everyone should lay down and pay $xxxx over sticker price however if the situation were reversed and the salesperson were the customer in your hair salon, deli, appliance store or wherever and wanted your $20 styling service for $12 because Schmucks barbershop does a plain cut for that you wouldn't consider them reasonable and when you finished giving them a great style they'd be negative about it. Fill in the scenario with whatever business you are in and ask yourself if that's how you want people to think of you and expect you to do business.
There are plenty of honest and good salespeople working their butts off to give good service and FAIR deals. There are some who are looking for scalps every time. Don't let yourself be scalped but don't try to scalp the salesman either. He/she deserves to make a FAIR living just as much as anyone else.
#30 of 938 STi's sitting on the lots
Oct 21, 2003 (4:48 am)
I've noticed there are many, many STis just sitting at the local dealerships. This is probably a great time to get 'just' a WRX, as the STi is really the hot commodity... Anyone have any luck with this? Anyone recommend a dealership in the greater Boston area?
Also, anyone know what the max contract length is for the 0% financing Subaru is currently offering?