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2013 and earlier-Subaru Forester Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • mnfmnf Spokane WaPosts: 405
    If its Carr Subaru in Beaverton Oregon they have been one of the best priced in the NW area . In 2004 I received e-mail quotes from Portland , Seattle, and Spokane they were the lowest. I then asked the three dealers in my area to see if they would match and one did.

    Good Luck...
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Price sounds about right to me.

  • dnau12dnau12 Posts: 4
    This price seems very low to me. Comsumer reports says the dealer holdback on the Forester 2.5 X is $748 below invoice. What am I missing here? For the dealer to be able to sell this car for $1608 under invoice when the holdback is only $748 does not seem feasible for the dealer in the long run. What other hidden profits are built in for the dealer? Any input would be appreciated.

  • raybearraybear Posts: 1,795
    There's a $2000 rebate. Still an exceptional deal.
  • dirtbagdirtbag Posts: 57
    Only $1000 on the X Premium.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    So you are getting the full $1000 incentive plus $608 of his $748. He makes a whopping $140 for all his time, plus whatever quota it helps him meet and future service.

    Seems more than fair to me.

  • mknappmknapp Posts: 13

    Thanks for the feedback. I was able to get my local dealer to match the price given by Carr, but he says he wants me to finance through Subaru. I thought that was a bit of an odd request, but I guess more money for Subaru.
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Find out what rate your bank would give you, then say as long as he beats it, you've got a deal. Why not? It's more convenient for you because he can arrange it on the spot.

  • mknappmknapp Posts: 13
    Sure.....that makes sense. It could be a win/win situation. Thanks! :)
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    We were pre-approved through Boeing Employees Credit Union when we purchased nearly two years ago. They've generally got great rates. Subaru (Chase) was able to beat the BECU rate, so we went with them and have no regrets. Perhaps there's some incentive for the dealer if Subaru financing is used.
  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Sounds like a great price. Make sure they're including the destination charge in their invoice. I've got friends who are signing on an '06 Forester 2.5X automatic tomorrow - essentially the same deal you're receiving at roughly $600 below total invoice before the rebate. Their price after the X model's $2000 rebate is $19,196. They bought online through Carter Subaru in the Seattle-area.
  • dnau12dnau12 Posts: 4
    Just picked up my new Forester 2.5X premium package today. I bought in Beaverton, Oregon and the whole experience was great. I bought through the dealer internet department.

    MSRP = $26,003
    invoice = $24,203
    price I paid = $22,296 (after rebate)

    I am very happy with this deal. They are very willing to deal right now on the Foresters. They still have a boat load of them and the 2007 models are coming soon.
  • mknappmknapp Posts: 13

    Sounds like a good deal!! Just curious what dealership in Beaverton you used? Looks like you are a few hundred dollars under the quote I got. What options other than what comes with the Premium did you get? Are there lots of colors to choose from?

  • mnfmnf Spokane WaPosts: 405
    CARR Subaru, here is a quote from them good until the end of the Month

    2006 Forester 2.5 X with Premium Package:
    2.5 liter SOHC engine, 16" alloy wheels, Power steering, windows, locks, mirrors, tilt wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, with climate control, anti lock brakes, side impact airbags, dual front compartment air bags, remote keyless entry, 8 way power drivers seat, and a 6 disc CD player. power moon roof, the all weather package (heated seats mirrors and wipers) dual air bags and ABS brakes.

    2006 Forester 2.5 X with Premium Package
    Subaru Factory added options on this vehicle: Popular equipment group 1E: Cargo tray, bumper cover and splash guards, tweeter, and tail pipe cover.
    Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price: $27,003.00
    Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price w/ Discount: $26,003.00
    Dealer Invoice cost $24.203.00
    YOUR WHOLESALE PRICE: $22,595.00 (includes rebates/incentives if any)
    If you wish to add leather, ADD:
    Retail: $1299.00
  • dnau12dnau12 Posts: 4
    There is only one Subaru dealer in Beaverton. Anyway, Addditional accessories were tweeter kit, cargo tray, rear bumber cover, tailpipe cover, and splash guards. The original quote came back higher than the $22,296 that I paid, but he was willing to negotiate off the original quote. By the way, the dealer in Vancouver, WA was willing to match the quote, but caused more grief, so I went with the dealer in Beaverton.
  • kumarikumari Posts: 72
    Hi all,

    Well, I finally bit the bullet and bought the Forester XT Limited this evening. Here's the deal: $25,349.00 for an automatic with the only addition being the rear bumper cover. Got the steel grey metallic. Also, got free 3000 and 7500 service and the option to purchase the top of the line 7 year warranty for 50% off in three years when the 36 month warranty expires (by then I will have accrued enough Subaru bucks and it will actually be free). They also threw in a lanyard, two Subaru pens, a T-shirt, baseball cap and two Subaru keychains.

    So, what do you guys think? Did I get a good deal? I sure hope I like the car - right before I bought it, I finally found a used 2005 with only 15,000 miles and every extra goodie they make (yes, even the special foot pedals) that I could have bought for $22,500. It was a black one and I didn't want a black car, so I paid $3000 more to get the steel grey one. Stupid, huh? I still can't believe I finally bought it. Fabulous to drive, just TOUCH the gas and the thing FLIES!

  • slazengerslazenger Posts: 99
    Congrats on the car and the great deal! Looks like you did very well on the deal. Which dealership did you buy it from?
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Congrats, price seems great, too.

    I had my windows tinted a while ago and it was $170, SolarGard dyed film. The metallic stuff costs more, so for $300 make sure you're getting the top quality stuff.

    Subaru Bucks? Maybe not, unless the dealer does the work himself.

  • I'm shopping 3-4 dealers for a base 2.5X

    Saw mention here, the holdback is $748?

    Is the delivery fee of $625 real, actually charged to the dealer? (central Virginia).

    Whats the feeling on "processing fees"? I threatened to walk on a deal once, got the fee waived. Car dealers deserve to make a living but I do make it easy on them (here's my check, I'll take that car there). What's a "fair" profit for a quick deal, $300-$500?

  • kumarikumari Posts: 72
    I'm on the West coast. But, the second day I owned the car I saw it in broad daylight for the first time (I shopped it at dusk or at night) and noticed that it really needs window tinting, so I posted on all the boards and got some good ideas as to what it should cost. Wasn't expecting to need the tinting, so yet more expenses, but it's a wonderful car so far. Love the power and handling ability after driving a truck-based SUV for 11 years.

  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Delivery fee is real. Right now, I'd pay no more than $2000 under final invoice (which includes delivery fee). That gives the dealer the entire holdback. So, for example, I'd pay no more than $19,800 for a base 2.5X with automatic, which has a final invoice of $21,800. The current $2000 rebate would bring it to $19,800. You could probably do better than that by e-mailing a few dealers in your area for quotes. And make sure you get any add-ons at invoice, too.

    I think the $748 profit is a fair deal, $300-500 profit is a good deal, and anything less is a great deal.

    Processing fees? Usually $35 bucks around here, so not really enough to worry about one way or the other, to me. If it bugs you, but the dealer insists on charging it as a matter of policy, you can always ask for an extra to be thrown in as compensation - all-weather rubber floormats, a couple free oil changes, or something.
  • Thanks Jeff,

    Looks like I've got one nailed down for 19,500 (automatic), they'll waive the standard "processing fee" of $239.

    Not bad at 19.5K, should last me for 15 years :-)
  • ateixeiraateixeira Posts: 72,587
    Mine's 9 years old and my only problem is I have no excuse to trade-in for a new one! :mad:

  • jeffmcjeffmc Posts: 1,742
    Yikes! $239 processing fee? Now I see what you mean! Glad that was waived. Sounds like you've got a nice deal - the current $2000 rebate on the X makes it a fantastic bargain, doesn't it? :)
  • kumarikumari Posts: 72
    I only got charged a $45 doc fee (for processing my license stuff) - what's the $239 fee supposed to be for, exactly? You might be able to negotiate a smaller fee as part of your deal - ask them to break down what it's for, then divide and conquer!

  • They agreed to waive the "processing fee", to put it bluntly, just the kind of ream job that some dealers try to pull. Pays to be an educated consumer so that you can negotiate around the baloney.

    Anybody remember the "added dealer markup" days?
  • mnfmnf Spokane WaPosts: 405
    Dont have to remember they still do it at some dealers Subaru included .....
  • nyjeljnyjelj Posts: 1
    After a lot of research, test drives, phone calls and emails, I finally got a 2006 Forester X Premium auto in Steel Gray Metallic, with popular equip group 5A (auto dim mirror, homelink, compass, shock sensor), rear bumper guard, and cargo tray for $22,700 plus TT&L. Though Edmunds internet quote service got the ball rolling, I had to email the dealers in my area directly with specifics to actually get an quote, but then they all started bidding against each other, resulting in what I believe is reasonable price ($1000 less than TMV for my area). My dealer beat my bank financing rate, and met the trade-in quote from CarMax.

    We love our new car, and though I was tempted by the power of the XT, the X has plenty to offer, and I don't have to feel guilty or worried about gas consumption. I keep finding excuses to drive it, offering to run errands for friends and family.

    Big up to Edmunds, and for massive help.
  • mknappmknapp Posts: 13
    Last day of the Subaru incentives. In your experience cdo you expect it to get extended or offered again? I just couldn't buy a Forester at the moment due to some personal issues. I'm hoping they will offer this again when the 2007's come out. What do you think?

    Also, does anyone know the amount of the factory to dealer incentive for a 2006 Forester x Premium? :)
  • tifightertifighter WAPosts: 1,878
    Bought a Forester X 5MT Steel Grey last night. $20550 less the rebate got us to $18550 + TTL. Well below invoice before rebate; I have NO complaints about that deal :shades: . From Carter in Seattle. This seems consistant with the earlier post about a X automatic for $19.1K from the same dealer. Judging by how many I've seen out on the roads with no plates lately, I'd say the incentives are working for blowing out inventory.

    15.5 XC70 T6 / 16 Soul EV / 17 Toyota 86

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