Our US Subaru Outback Purchase – Part I – Background

Subaru Outback purchaseIt was time for a new car. We own a beautiful 3 yr old giant breed dog (not depicted). Our 2002 4 door Hyundai Accent meant our 100+ lb dog took the (entire) back seat and our 300 litre trunk had to accommodate the rest of our storage. Our hunt started in Dec 2009. We almost bought a used 2006 Ford Focus wagon via private sale.  We believed we needed something bigger even if we didn’t save gas. So we decided against the Focus and started looking at new cars. I asked around on RFD in the Automotive forum. I analyzed quite a few wagons and CUVs. We came close to paying for a 2WD CR-V EX (for about $32,000), and then I decided to read the 19,000 + post thread on importing cars from the United States – as suggested by some people who posted in a CUV thread I started. The prospect of making a loaded US import Subaru Outback purchase for about the same price as a base model Canadian Subaru Outback is a hoping to become financially savvy Canadians dream.

Why an Imported Subaru Outback Purchase?

We wanted a Subaru Outback, but the base model at our local dealership was going to cost us ~$32,000. The Limited model was a whopping $42,000. Given we live in a smaller urban centre there was little room to negotiate even though I had obtained the Canadian invoice price. I do disdain the freight + delivery we pay here in Canada – a total dealership cash grab as far as I am concerned. Yes, I paid delivery in the US, but it was about 50% of what we would have to pay in Canada.

We wanted the Limited model. We didn’t want a moon roof or NAV. Those cost about $1658 in the US as options.  In Canada they are included in the Limited and the buyer has no choice in the matter. The standard front under guard, wood trim, and leather are nice but we didn’t care about them much. The Harmon Karmon stereo is vastly superior to the stock stereo on other models. We also wanted the power passenger side seats, which are not available w/ the Premium or Base models. Most importantly, we wanted the dual zone temperature/climate feature as Mrs. Sustainable PF and I differ when it comes to heat and air conditioning temperatures. We also ordered mud flaps, rear bumper protector and the rear cargo net.

How Did We Go About Getting an imported Subaru Outback?

I emailed K @ the dealership a slew of times. He was great. I highly recommend working your deal via K @ the dealership if you can get to NW NY State to buy your car. Also, they sell for invoice – always – and they clearly state the difference between the invoice price you will get versus the manufacturer MSRP.  You might be able to get a lower rate from the dealer, but I was content with invoice (on the car and accessories).

I started doing the math. I figured I could get this subaru outback imported for $31,000 if I got my CDN-USD foreign exchange at par. We didn’t get it at par, we paid a bit more, but we did pick the right time as the Loonie was stronger when we purchased then it ended up being for the following months.

We were slated to get an imported 2010 Subaru Outback Purchace, but those got increasingly difficult to order (our first request was not met for the May 1 delivery). K suggested we get a 2011 instead. Might have to wait a bit longer, but it’s a newer vehicle. Our order was placed when Subaru of America announced the production start date (mid June I think). We then learned our order had been filled. K also honoured the 2010 quote he gave me on both the car and accessories. The 2011 is about $300 more. He also gave me accessories at the Premium price, not Limited prices as for some reason they differ.

photo by: Ryan Frost

18 thoughts on “Our US Subaru Outback Purchase – Part I – Background

  1. Pingback: This and That: TurboTax Giveaway and more… | MoneySense
  2. Hi,

    I also bought my new car (SAAB 9-3) in 2007 and save over 15k. Had a great buying experience with the SAAB dealer in Milford, CT. Glad to see people investing some time to save a lot.

  3. I also used RFD to purchase 3 vehicles from the US. In 2007 we purchased Toyota Highlander Limited and saved ourselves 10K. Small town local Toyota dealer would not budge on the price, yet WA dealer save us 2k off without even asking. After that I helped 5 other RDF visitors import their new vehicles. 2008 we purchased used Tacoma, when the Canadian dollar was above par and saved $1000 in exchange. Now in 2009 we bought used VW Jetta.
    Best of all I would do it all over again, huge saving well worth the little extra work.

    1. Hi James, thanks for the comment.
      We were looking @ the Rav4 but given the major issues Toyota has had in the last 18 months we dropped them due to our reliability criteria.
      That being said, we still got an Outback even though the new model (2010) has had some issues that Subbie lovers hate, big time. But ours has been good with almost 4000 miles on it now!

  4. Who is this “K @ the dealership” you speak of?

    Thanks :)

    I am in Oakville, ON ad think I can trace your route!

      1. Hello, I am also interested in buying an Outback in Buffalo (I live in Hamilton). Could you please tell me the dealership you used?
        Thanks a million.

  5. Hi,

    I’m looking to get a 2012 Outback and my local dealership is not willing to negotiate very mush off the MSRP. I would like to buy from US as well. Can you please send me the dealership and salespersons name. Also, what is RDF and did you have to pay US state taxes?



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *