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Hi All:

This is my first post here. I am really excited about the STi but am very confused about the ordering. Many people say they have a deposit down at a dealer but the three dealerships here in Sacramento are not accepting deposits yet. I have my name on a couple of lists but the dealers say they wont take deposits until order info is given from SOA. Any ideas on this discrepancy?

Also, I have read in a couple of places, and also was told by a Subaru product specialist that I talked to at a local car show, that the STi will not just be distributed to dealers. The dealers must have an actual order for the car and submit the order to SOA before a car is allocated. This is to prevent price gouging. Can anyone confirm or deny this?

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Well, if you look in the official facelift/STi dealers section of this forum, it lists some of the dealers that pulled their heads out a while back. SOA gave word to dealers that they could place the sold order forms a while back and that's what a good number of us have done. With those orders placed, we have given deposits and are waiting to hear how the allocations will take place now.

The actual allocations....no one really knows yet.
 

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scott dont worry its the same for me :) if you are number 1 or 2 on that dealers list i think you will get it dont worry...
 

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yxan2 said:
scott dont worry its the same for me :) if you are number 1 or 2 on that dealers list i think you will get it dont worry...
There are some people on the NASIOC site that are pretty tight with subaru, and a lot of dealers (like the dude from Irvine Subaru) who are also car nuts frequent that site too. They are actually predicting that after the first round of insanity, the STi will be pretty easy to get. (Good for me, because I"m buying a house this year)
 

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The trick is to find a dealer you trust and get everything in writing. If Subaru decides that they want to accept preorders, then you're all set. If not, the worst case scenario is you're waiting for your number to come up for normal allocation. I have my docs phrased such that I get the "first Subaru received" at my dealer, whether it's a preorder or normal allocation. Either way I'm in good shape.
 

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Scott_Sti said:
Also, I have read in a couple of places, and also was told by a Subaru product specialist that I talked to at a local car show, that the STi will not just be distributed to dealers. The dealers must have an actual order for the car and submit the order to SOA before a car is allocated. This is to prevent price gouging. Can anyone confirm or deny this?
I've heard the exact opposite relative to how the cars will be allocated to dealers.

the dealer down the street from me in Michigan & the dealer I have my name on the list with in New York both are being allocated cars by their regional office based on a "score". the score is calculated based on the overall number of Subarus they have sold & also the number of WRX'es. the initial scores are based on sales up to Jan 1 2003 & they're updated each month with new information.

all the "pre-orders" are not going to get people their specific car built based on their specific specs, tho they may help SoA allocate the cars between the regions.

taking pre-orders does nothing to prevent people from gouging on the price either, as the dealer could get the customer to agree with an over-MSRP price when they placed thier order.



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m ben said:
the dealer down the street from me in Michigan & the dealer I have my name on the list with in New York both are being allocated cars by their regional office based on a "score". the score is calculated based on the overall number of Subarus they have sold & also the number of WRX'es. the initial scores are based on sales up to Jan 1 2003 & they're updated each month with new information.

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This is 100% correct. I saw the Subaru memo when I was at the dealership the other day. The allocation is based on sales volumes made up of 75% WRX sales and 25% total Subaru sales. There was also some proganda about selling more WRX's as it would mean a higher STi allocation.
 

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Thanks for the info. Looks like I better find a dealer willing to put into writing that they will sell at MSRP. The Sacto dealers are all talking mark-up. Lucky I think I found one not too far away willing to sell at MSRP. I think I'll try heading over on Sat and put down a deposit! :)
 

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Be careful with multiple dealers in close proximity to each other. When my mom went looking for a car, the local Nissan dealers had apparently all banded together and agreed to a mark-up. This was $3,000 over MSRP for the V6 ALTIMAs when they first came out. Altimas?! Ridiculous.
 

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Be careful with multiple dealers in close proximity to each other. When my mom went looking for a car, the local Nissan dealers had apparently all banded together and agreed to a mark-up. This was $3,000 over MSRP for the V6 ALTIMAs when they first came out. Altimas?! Ridiculous.
now thats some greed :), top this in my local town when I was in college i looked into the s2000, they wanted 10K over msrp

their reasoning, its faster than a SLK, boxter, z3 3.0 coupe :) I left the institution laughing, MORONS :)
 
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