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Old 11-13-2012, 09:41 PM   #1
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Default Think I may have lucked out. Advice please.

I was debating canceling my Oct 4th order last night due to the order delays. I send the dealer a message letting them know my concerns, and started looking into other cars. Out of habit, I plugged a WRX search into AutoTrader with a 300 mile radius. For the last few weeks, it has just brought up a handful of hatchbacks and STIs. This time, though, it returned a 2013 CBS WRX a couple states away. It's only missing one or two of the options I had ordered, but the most important items are there. I called them this morning and learned it had just come in that day. The guy I first spoke to didn't even know there was one on the lot. It still has the protective coating on it and everything. I put a deposit down and I'm waiting to get the paperwork sent to me. I'm considering getting them to ship it down to me. They estimated it would cost $700. Have any of you done something like this? How difficult is it to register and title a car in NC when you buy new in another state? What issues will I face when it is time for vehicle maintenance? Any pitfalls I should be aware of? Hopefully the NC dealer that put my order in will cancel it without a big fuss. I'd rather not get into a dispute with them.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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So you put a deposit on one car while you never cancelled an order that you had already made for another car?

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Old 11-13-2012, 09:57 PM   #3
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I live in NC and just purchased a car from GA, but it was a private seller. All he had to do was fill out the seller info and I had to fill out the buyer info, no notary needed. Take the completes title along with proof of insurance and possibly inspection to the DMV and profit!

You may want to call and ask about an inspection on an out of state car because I'm not 100% sure if you HAVE to have it or not!

Hope this helps and good luck!
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:01 PM   #4
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I've read people on here state that they have put orders in at multiple dealerships to give them the best odds. As far as I can tell, the deposits are fully refundable.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:05 PM   #5
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I've read people on here state that they have put orders in at multiple dealerships to give them the best odds. As far as I can tell, the deposits are fully refundable.
They should be but it really depends on the dealer. Some of them will play hardball, esp. if you order a car with more rare options.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
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They should be but it really depends on the dealer. Some of them will play hardball, esp. if you order a car with more rare options.
If it comes to it, I can live without the deposit.
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Old 11-14-2012, 12:48 AM   #7
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I was debating canceling my Oct 4th order last night due to the order delays. I send the dealer a message letting them know my concerns, and started looking into other cars. Out of habit, I plugged a WRX search into AutoTrader with a 300 mile radius. For the last few weeks, it has just brought up a handful of hatchbacks and STIs. This time, though, it returned a 2013 CBS WRX a couple states away. It's only missing one or two of the options I had ordered, but the most important items are there. I called them this morning and learned it had just come in that day. The guy I first spoke to didn't even know there was one on the lot. It still has the protective coating on it and everything. I put a deposit down and I'm waiting to get the paperwork sent to me. I'm considering getting them to ship it down to me. They estimated it would cost $700. Have any of you done something like this? How difficult is it to register and title a car in NC when you buy new in another state? What issues will I face when it is time for vehicle maintenance? Any pitfalls I should be aware of? Hopefully the NC dealer that put my order in will cancel it without a big fuss. I'd rather not get into a dispute with them.
Fly there, one way ticket, drive back. Enjoy a small roadtrip to break it in perfectly. That's what I did.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:02 AM   #8
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If it's a long drive away from you, do NOT drive the car back. The last thing you want to do with a brand new car is put hundreds of highway miles on the engine. Do yourself and the engine a favor and ship it. $700 isn't bad.

I bought my car from Minnesota and had it shipped to San Diego. I desssperately wanted to fly there and drive back, but the master mechanic at my dealership here in SD told me it was a bad idea. The dealer I worked with from Minnesota was nice enough to already get most of the documents I needed processed at the DMV here. Because the car was never sold before, it hasn't been registered. So you buy the car from their Subaru dealership, they ship it, and you register it at your local DMV just like any other car. It's not any different. Take your new car and have it serviced at the suggested intervals from a dealership in the area you like. It's important to develop a good rapport.

There isn't anything tricky about registration and getting the title. That's all done in your state. Doesn't matter where the car came from, so long as it's new. Maintenance should be no different than if you purchased the car from your local dealership. Some dealers have free maintenance plans if you purchase the car from their dealership, but otherwise, it's no different. If you go on to mysubaru.com you can find your local dealership and they'll send you service coupons.

My transaction was such a breeze. I have yet to fall into any "pitfalls"...
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:24 AM   #9
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Blah. One way ticket and drive it back. Vary the rpms a bit and use different gears. Take two lane highways and back roads.

It's amusing that people don't realize that these motors are run pretty dang hard at the factory and road tested hard prior to getting loaded on the boat. How do you think all these cars come with 4 to 5 miles on the clock? It's not from driving around in a port parking lot. I promise you that. It's standard practice in the industry across all makes to road test before leaving the factory. I've done work at the Kansas City Ford plant (made the prior Escapes, F150s, Transit) and GM plant (Malibu and Lacross). At both facilities, the cars are broad tested and it's a hard test as witnessed by myself. Essentially a slalom, threshold braking, hard acceleration to around 50mph, then a multi mile road test. This is coming STRAIGHT off the line and right after a chassis load test (basically like a dyno).

A part of Subaru's recommended 1,000 mile break-in procedure also has to do with proper break-in of the clutch and brakes. It's not all about the motor.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:33 AM   #10
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Exactly my point. 5 miles of variable driving is a hell of a lot different than 3-400 miles of highway driving on a new clock. You're not doing any part of the car any favors, from the engine to tranny and everything else. It's amusing people think that just bc they went against the curve and its working for them means they've figured out this great secret and it applies everywhere. You can do what you want to your car. But heed caution from any mechanic who tells you this isn't a wise choice. You do your car a better service in the beginning, your car will repay you in the long run. Varying your driving on a highway is not a substitute. That's all my two cents on the matter. You are completely free to do what you want to your own car.
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:59 AM   #11
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Exactly my point. 5 miles of variable driving is a hell of a lot different than 3-400 miles of highway driving on a new clock. You're not doing any part of the car any favors, from the engine to tranny and everything else. It's amusing people think that just bc they went against the curve and its working for them means they've figured out this great secret and it applies everywhere. You can do what you want to your car. But heed caution from any mechanic who tells you this isn't a wise choice. You do your car a better service in the beginning, your car will repay you in the long run. Varying your driving on a highway is not a substitute. That's all my two cents on the matter. You are completely free to do what you want to your own car.

Most people here (any car enthusiast forum) are probably in the small majority, who will actually go by the book "break in procedure". Ask 20 people how to break in a car, and you will get 20 answers. It's a manufacturer recommended procedure. They don't recommend modifying cars, but people do it anyways.

It's not like the car will self destruct if he drives on the highway, just like any car - you may beat the hell out of it and have it last 200k miles or baby it like no other and have something blow up 40k miles later. Just the luck of the draw.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:25 PM   #12
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+1 for driving it back. Just don't sit on the highway with the cruise control on the whole way back and you should be totally fine. It would be a really nice way to break the engine in. And tons of phun!
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:40 PM   #13
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If it comes to it, I can live without the deposit.
I'll send you my Paypal address in case you feel like throwing any more money away.
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:53 PM   #14
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Thank you everyone for the advice!
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:53 PM   #15
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Fly there, one way ticket, drive back. Enjoy a small roadtrip to break it in perfectly. That's what I did.
+1 and cheaper too. And you don't have to worry about some ass hat transporter effing up your ride
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:04 PM   #16
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I had ordered a car and couldn't wait for it to come in. I went on subaru dealer locate and searched every all along the east coast until I found one. I ended up going to long island, ny with a hertz rent a car. Drove the the car back to NC, stopping along the way. Dealer took care of everything dmv related. The dealer I ordered from gave me my deposit back.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:52 PM   #17
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Nice! I'm also in Charlotte and did something very similar. But instead of getting a DGM WRX I bought a used 09 SWP STi. Hope you are enjoying your new car! I know I am enjoying mine!
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