Originally posted by SpeedShift
in a situation like this, it is better to be stubborn, than gullible.
Sounds like someone was "burned" once before.
Your views on dealerships trying to control the market value of the STi are a bit on the extreme side. Yes some dealerships will try and get a premium for a popular car. ie S2000 and EVO. But, a dealership baiting 100 people into a bidding war is not what Van Bortel does. They keep overhead and prices low to give the customers the best experience and price they can. That is why they are one of the top 3 Subaru dealerships in the country.
I can only speak for the market and dealerships around me but any dealership that has tried to get a $5000 markup on a $30,000 car has never been successful. Even the Mitsu dealership here removed the $5000 markup when the 4 EVO's on the lot did not sell (they are still there now).