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Old 08-18-2001, 01:01 AM   #1
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Smile Looking for the cheapest way to buy new WRX? or any car? (READ)

Ok I've been doing some research on where I can get the best deal for a new WRX.
As everyone knows the WRX are hot and even though Subaru has asked the dealers not to gouge, they are still on the average asking about $1000 above MSRP.

But if any of you have a Costco Wholesale membership call and find out info about their Auto Program. They got me in touch with a dealer in Van Nuys (Los Angeles area) and the Costco member price is $900 above INVOICE, not too shabby.
At least I dont think so.

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Old 08-18-2001, 04:09 AM   #2
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You know you could spend the better part of your life chasing around to save a few bits of printed paper. You got to remember that no matter how much money you save you can never buy back time. My .02
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Old 08-18-2001, 04:56 AM   #3
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yeah or you can by at invoice if your an imba member(must be a member for six months).I pray they roll this program till next year .
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Old 08-18-2001, 07:48 AM   #4
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Yeah, or you can get easily $1,000 off the MSRP at many dealers w/o any kind of membership card. In California I think Irvine Subaru was one of them.
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Old 08-18-2001, 12:58 PM   #5
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i did it the old fashion way...i beat the streets and talked with several dealers. it took 4 tries before anyone wanted to "play ball". the 4th dealer gave me an extra $1000 for my trade (above the other dealers) and took another $1000 off of the MSRP. the other 3 dealers weren't budging off of the sticker price. i saved $2000. NOTE: yes, all cars were basically equiped the same.

it was a pain in the ass going to all the different dealers...but my girlfriend and i turned it into a game - we turned a stressful situation into a fun one.
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Old 08-18-2001, 01:37 PM   #6
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I got my WRX for $200 above invoice (had a large down payment). Invoice is NOT what the dealer really pays, he pays wholesale. If you notice, invoice will include a lot of bull***** charges like "Dealer Prep." Want to know what "Dealer Prep" is? It's $500 for the guy they pay $5.75/hour to wash the car and clean the inside before you take it. I would say on a car the price of the WRX, the dealer probably pays around $1000 under invoice, but this is just a guess.

Think about this, the dealership has the dealership owner, all these dealers dealing on cars, cleaning people running around sweeping the floors etc..., people who prep cars, electricity and water bills, have to buy coffee, donuts, TP for toilet etc...; do you really think they could only make $200 and pay all these salaries and costs?

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Old 08-18-2001, 03:25 PM   #7
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yep, corn is right. or i think of it this way. who the heck is going to sell you ANYTHING if they are not making anything out of it? Selling car is a job to them, not a hobby... but now a day, I can't see myself paying more than 500 over invoice... i guess it just all depends on how greddy the salesperson is...
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Old 08-18-2001, 07:47 PM   #8
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For what its worth.. I work for a VW dealer, and I know what they pay for the cars. As a few people mentioned, the INVOICE price is not what the dealer pays. On VW, (dont know about Subaru) it is usually between $750-1100 less than INVOICE. They call that hold-back. And "dealer prep" means at least in the dealership I work at- wash, wax, buff, clean windows, inspection sticker and a road test to see if everything is working right. On average, the above takes about 2-3hrs per car, and the employees get paid at arround $15-18 per hour. I'm not saying that there arent dealerships out there that dont cheat and just wash the car and let it out, but I do know that mine doesnt. Honestly, as far as I'm concerned, I would never have a problem spending that $575 fee as long as I received the above service.

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