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Old 05-14-2002, 12:13 PM   #1
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I joined IMBA in March so I could join the Subaru VIP program, and will be eligible in August, hopefully in time for the 2003s. Has anyone here bought a WRX through this program?
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Old 05-14-2002, 04:01 PM   #2
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I joined IMBA in March so I could join the Subaru VIP program, and will be eligible in August, hopefully in time for the 2003s. Has anyone here bought a WRX through this program?
I have never heard of the IMBA. What are the benefits to being a member in the Subaru VIP? I know there are other "special member" clubs that if you are in them, you can get the car at invoice, no questions asked . . . of course if you can play the system, you can still buy the car for that cheap (if not cheaper) without having to join any clubs.
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Old 05-14-2002, 04:07 PM   #3
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I am a member of the IMBA as well. . .the International Mountain Biking Association, and I had inquired about the VIP program. I would have used it, but I needed to get a new car ASAP and couldn't wait for all the paperwork. Basically, after you've been a member for at least 6 months, you can call or send an email to the address on their website and tell them that you want to buy a Subaru. IMBA then has to send a letter to SOA to request the purchase. SOA then sends a letter to the dealer that you chose or the closest one to you and another letter to IMBA. The IMBA then sends that letter to you. You then have to take that letter and go to the specified dealer. This enables you to get your Subaru at dealer invoice cost. . .it should also enable you to get any options at dealer invoice cost as well. Hope that helps.

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Old 05-14-2002, 04:26 PM   #4
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I am a member of the IMBA as well. . .the International Mountain Biking Association, and I had inquired about the VIP program. I would have used it, but I needed to get a new car ASAP and couldn't wait for all the paperwork. Basically, after you've been a member for at least 6 months, you can call or send an email to the address on their website and tell them that you want to buy a Subaru. IMBA then has to send a letter to SOA to request the purchase. SOA then sends a letter to the dealer that you chose or the closest one to you and another letter to IMBA. The IMBA then sends that letter to you. You then have to take that letter and go to the specified dealer. This enables you to get your Subaru at dealer invoice cost. . .it should also enable you to get any options at dealer invoice cost as well. Hope that helps.

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wholly paper trail batman! How much does it cost to be an IMBA member, and how do you join? I was still able to get my car and the options at dealer cost with about two hours of negotiations and lies Although, this would be a good club to be in if I ever decided to upgrade to an Sti
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Old 05-14-2002, 04:31 PM   #5
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Just go to http://www.imba.com and sign up. The cost for a basic membership is $20.

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Old 05-14-2002, 10:30 PM   #6
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my dad is a certified ski/snowboard instructor so we got it at invoice, like 23k or there abouts.
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Old 05-14-2002, 11:38 PM   #7
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got mine at invoice price too including additional accessories for being a member of ACA - which is included in the VIP program..... BUT have to pay for advertising cost for $200.00 ....
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Old 05-15-2002, 10:49 AM   #8
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car_freak85, wheeljack:

It's great to here that the program works! Other than the $200 advertising fee, were there any glitches, delays, or other unexpected surprises with the process?
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Old 05-15-2002, 10:57 AM   #9
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I got mine with the VIP program, it couldn't have been easier, I bought the car and the options at invoice, the dealer gave be the options book and their costs (which I compared to the sticker price of the car in the showroom) and picked what I wanted, ordered it up and got it a month later I'm happy
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Old 05-15-2002, 12:20 PM   #10
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As has been mentioned, IMBA is not the only (or even the cheapest) way to get into the Subaru VIP Partner program. See my post, linked below, for alternatives and how to get more information.

http://www.i-club.com/forums/showthr...10#post1577810
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Old 05-15-2002, 02:13 PM   #11
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my processing came out ok....no hidden expenses, etc, etc...I got what it says on the invoice or dealer cost paper....
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Old 05-15-2002, 03:58 PM   #12
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I got my subaru through a VIP Program as well. I was eligible because I am a member of PSIA, proffesional ski instructors of america, it costs more then 20 bucks to join, but if you are a ski instructor already, its a good thing to have.

Mine was
sedan MT w/wing and armrest extension for
22700
Then they added a $289 dollar conveyance fee after taxes?

Did anyone else have to pay that? If no one else did I think I might have gotten shafted. I heard it was the office fees for the dealer. Do some places not have that?

Either way, in the end, the car is awesome, dealer invoice is a good thing.
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Old 05-16-2002, 03:50 AM   #13
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Thanks for the replies. As of today, I think I'll wait out the remaining three months and buy through the VIP Program. By then, the '03s should be close to coming out. Do you think a dealer would install the STI suspension at invoice cost as part of the options? If so, that would be very cool.
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