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Old 11-30-2010, 06:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question COSTCO purchase

Anybody purchase their Subaru through COSTCO?

Just wondering which is better, haggling via email or just going through COSTCO?

About 10 years ago I tried COSTCO for a Honda for daughter. A broker beat the COSTCO/dealer price by $300. But dealer met his price when I brought it up.

So do you really save any money through COSTCO?
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Well, if you buy it through Costco and you ever get tired of the car, you can just return it...j/k.

Seriously, I'm curious about this too.
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I have also looked at the costco program. but have not gotten a price from them. what do you mean when you say broker? is this an online program?

thanks!
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I have also looked at the costco program. but have not gotten a price from them. what do you mean when you say broker? is this an online program?

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If they are still around a broker will buy a car for you from any dealer or brand you want that has it. Not sure how they get discounts so low but the can save you money.

They prep it just like the dealer does.
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You can buy Subaru's in bulk now?
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You can buy Subaru's in bulk now?
I guess so...
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We did the Costco deed in March of this year on our Forester X. We just did the online info at Costco and the dealer emailed us to setup a time to do the test drive. Once we decided to buy the car they just copied our membership card, we got like $1800 off the sticker of the car. The price was better than when I tried to deal with them on my own, they only wanted to give me a $500 discount off the price. We only have one dealer in about 250 mile radius so they did not want to budge on the price.

I will have to say that we have grown to love our fozzy in the short time we have had it and wish I could find a used one to replace my little SUV.
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Around here, costco has pre-negotiated with one of the local dealers for invoice - $200. I was able to do better at a different dealer without much effort.
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All vehicles come from dealers. That's the agreement they have with the manufacturers.

COSTCO, along with a host of other 'car buying programs', some of which charge a fee, like brokers, have agreements with certain dealers to get vehicles at no haggle low prices. There are no magic discounts, but for many people it makes shopping a lot easier.
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I guess so...
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So it'll be on the shelf like this?


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Bwahaha!
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You don't even need to go through Costco to get the Costco price. Just tell the dealer that you want the Costco discount. I did this at Carr Subaru in PDX and they switched me to their "internet sales dept" and knocked like $3k off the price.

2010 FXT Limited with 6 yr extended warranty for $28k. I ended up passing and getting a 2004 FXT. I think I'm happier than I would have been.
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Costco is great if someone does not want to go through the hassle of negotiation; also, good for cars selling close to MSRP (eg. redesigned Hyundai Sonata 3-4m ago).

For Subaru, negotiations at the perfect time will beat the costco price by a considerable margin.
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Back in 2008 we were looking at an 09. We were able to get a base automatic with package 1b for 20500 including destination, which was a good price at the time.
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