Originally Posted by rb64
The supply of 2013 Impreza, WRX and WRX STI models is low. The demand is high. Subaru dealers are allocated specific amounts of 2013 Impreza, WRX and WRX STI models. If a dealer has received their allotment of 2013 Impreza, WRX and WRX STI models and place additional orders, the orders above their current allocation are put On Hold. Once the dealer is allocated more Impreza, WRX and WRX STI models, the On Hold orders are removed from the On Hold status.
I'm skeptical that this is the whole story. This says that if you buy from a dealer that sells more than it's allocation, your order goes into limbo. Order the same car from another dealer, and your car goes right into the production queue.
Allocation limits make sense for cars heading to the lot, but not for cars with a down payment.