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Old 05-16-2001, 09:12 AM   #1
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Post Details on IMBA Subaru Discount (dealer invoice)

Several people have asked recently about IMBA (Intl Mountain Bike Association) Free Yak Rack and VIP discount programs.

From the IMBA website: http://www.imba.com/news/news_releas...05_subaru.html

IMBA members are now eligible for Subaru's VIP Partners Program. This program allows IMBA members to purchase or lease any new Subaru vehicle at dealer invoice cost. Savings may be as much as $1,300 - $3,000 off the manufacturer's suggested retail price, depending on model selected. To take advantage of this benefit, IMBA members must contact the IMBA office BEFORE shopping for a Subaru. Our staff will arrange to have a letter of confirmation mailed to you as well as to your pre-selected local dealer. The letter will indicate that as an IMBA member you are eligible to purchase or lease the car at dealer invoice cost. You must be a member of IMBA for 6 months before you qualify for the VIP Partners Program. This offer is not applicable if you have already taken delivery of your new Subaru. Please contact Heather Szabo at the IMBA office for program details, 303-545-9011 or heather@imba.com. More info: http://www.imba.com/tcc/subaru.html

Subaru of America has been IMBA's leading outside-the-bike-industry sponsor since 1997. Thanks to on-going sponsorship from Subaru, the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program will continue through 2003. Two-fulltime, professional teams of trail experts will travel throughout North America and abroad, leading trailwork sessions, meeting with land managers, and working with IMBA-affiliated clubs to improve mountain biking opportunities. Both crews will also lead a nationwide series of IMBA Trailbuilding Schools.

Info on the Free Roof Rack details are here: http://www.imba.com/membership/free_yakima.html

Feel free to email me if you would like to know more.

D. Scott Frey
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scott "at " worba "dot" org

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Old 05-16-2001, 09:16 AM   #2
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Thanks for the information. I have a mtn. bike and probably should join. Could save me some money down the road. Would it work on a STi when/if they get here?
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Old 05-16-2001, 09:59 AM   #3
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Thanks, Scott! I was on the IMBA Web site a month ago and was considering joining. I think an IMBA sticker would look great on my OBS.

Could you remind me of how much yearly dues are?

Thanks,
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Old 05-16-2001, 03:38 PM   #4
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To qualify for the free bike rack, you will
need to already be a member when you purchase
your new subaru.
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Old 05-16-2001, 04:11 PM   #5
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I joined right before going out to get my WRX. I probably should have joined IMBA before having an incentive, but it didn't hurt!

BradWRX- They send you racks that fit your model of Subaru, so if you've got the sedan,.. they'll send you a kit to fit

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Old 05-17-2001, 12:52 AM   #6
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They have different types, but $20 gets you a membership. Good enough for me. Also, if you get a Subaru and you are a member, you get a free bike rack. I wonder if you join after buying the car, will you still get the rack? They just said mail in form with Subaru purchase proof. I wonder if racks fit the Sedan?

I'll join, then send in form and see what happens.
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Old 05-17-2001, 06:30 AM   #7
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BradWRX, SOA puts no restrictions on the program, but also does not require a dealer to sell you a particular car. This becamen an issue with the WRX, because being a limited edition, the dealers did not want to sell them at invoice, when the we guarenteed to sell them higher. STi would probably be the same situation. For most cars, the dealer just sells one at invoice and replaces it, so they are not out anything.

Kalins1, $20 for basic, $35 for a "supporting member", and several levels up to $1000 for a "Singletrack Society" elete mebership (not many of those, but if you really want to help MTB advocacy...)

Also, don't forget your local oranization, they are the ones doing the local trailbuilding, working with State and local overnments, etc.

BradWRX, no, if you join after you don't get the rack. You have to FAX your invoice to IMBA, which has you date of purchase on it, Heather FAXes the info to Yakima, who UPS a rack to you.

Feel free to email me if you would like to know more.

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Old 05-17-2001, 07:49 AM   #8
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because being a limited edition, the dealers did not want to sell them at invoice,
Yeah, limited to the number they can sell! How 12000 cars per year can really be considered limited is beyond me.
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Old 05-17-2001, 09:45 AM   #9
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dscottf,

Thanks for the information. I will join anyway and the local organizations as you say are very important to support. I love to mtn. bike, even though there are no mountains in FL .

So getting a Subaru via IMBA at invoice is an arbitrary concept at best based on the whims of any particular dealer? This is a conclusion based on the fact SOA can't force a dealer to sell any car at invoice. So are the dealers providing this as a courtesy and when sales are a little slow it provides some stimulation? If sales were gangbusters, it probably would be a different story (i.e. WRX).

I just hate to see arbitrary policies. Here is an example of a good program: The BWM Club of America in conjunction with BMW NA provides a $500-1000 discount (based on car and price) to anyone who has been a member for one year. There is no exclusion as a result of dealer waffling. It is paid via the club from BMW NA.

Don't get me wrong I respect SOA and IMBA for providing this perk. This is a tremendous benefit. It is just that the dealer is taking the brunt and dealers are dealers and there lies the glitch in the program (at least the dealer gets holdback $). I guess one can keep calling dealers and find one that will work with you. I know some people who have gotten the WRX this way already.

Thanks for listening and no response is necessary, unless I am totally off base.

pajono,

I agree with your comment. I can see maybe the first 2-6 months of restriction, based on initial supply/demand, but it ultimately is not a limited production vehicle. I could see the case with the STi.
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Old 05-17-2001, 10:32 AM   #10
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Essentialy correct, although the situation is generally better than you have presented it. SOA will even undertake locating a dealer for you. Until the WRX came out, no one was refused (and some have gotten WRXs through this program, it just takes a dealer who belives in the program of supporting organizations like IMBA)

Incidentally, the VIP Partners Program is available to all of the following organizations (and I may not have them all):

International Mountain Bicycking Association
Masters Rowing Association
American Meteorological Society
Leave No Trace
Professional Ski Instructors of America
Natonal Ski Patrol
American Association of Snowboard Instructors
Mount Washington Observatory
American Canoe Association
Geological Society of America

Although IMHO, IMBA is the coolest of the list ;-)

What I like about SOA (and we all have plenty of things to dislike), is they support organizations based on merit, rather than solely on marketing potential (how many sales result from supporting the Mount Washigton Obseritory?)
http://www.chevrolet.com/global/affinity/index.htm

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Old 05-17-2001, 10:57 AM   #11
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dscottf,

You are very kind to respond and educate myself on this topic.

Hey for me the reverse situation will happen, because I got a Subaru I will end up being a IMBA member. Helps the cause either way.

I do applaud SOA for these efforts.

Thanks again,

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Old 07-25-2004, 11:40 PM   #12
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Missed out on this when I bought my '02 WRX.

Is this dealer invoice program still available?
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