So, there seems to be a lot of questions surrounding the VIP orders with the Ascent. I think that I have read every thread about it on this forum and other places around the net. A ton of details are missing which I will try to fill.
I was hoping to use my wife's membership with ASHA to make the order BUT that ship had sailed and they are no longer partners.
SO, what to do. I didn't feel like using one of the other companies and waiting 6 months (some people experienced less waiting times either by mistake or luck or they were lying). Here is a list of Subaru partners: https://www.subaru.com/why-subaru/partnerships.html
If you can wait that 6 months, join one of the $50 ones and kick back.
The go to company is ASCPA. Why? Because you can plunk down $500 and get immediate (sort of) service. So, what do you do? You go to their website and make a one time 500 donation to become a ASCPA Founder. https://www.aspca.org/founders
There is a link right there to the VIP program. So, you sign up, pay your donation, and then you can click on the VIP forum to get your paperwork started. But WAIT! The form asks for a membership number which you do not have yet. Bummer right? Nope, you just put "New Member" in that place and then send the form (I had to call their service number to figure that out). BUT, in addition to that, you need to send an email to the their VIP consultant at [email protected]
with a cut and paste of your payment information (also had to call to get this info). This 2 step process will result in a super quick turnaround and they will email the Subaru VIP program with your information.
You will get an email saying that they will process your application in 2 business days. Forget that!!! Now, if you are in a hurry (and I was) you then contact the Subaru VIP program at [email protected]
and confirm with them your ASPCA membership, the location of the dealership that you are going to AND the model you are looking to buy (don't forget that last part, I did and had to send another email). So, I put Lithia Subaru of Fresno, my ASCPA info, and the Ascent into my final email. They will then email a copy of the VIP letter to you AND to the dealership directly (I put attention to the Subaru consultant that I had already spoken with at the dealership to ensure delivery).
So, by the time that I walked into the dealership with my VIP form in hand, it became duplicative as they already had a copy and were ready to go.
Now, comes the part where you "negotiate" Haha...there is none! I checked ALL the numbers beforehand so I could monitor their actions and every single number penned out exactly the same.
I came in with the MSRP price of the touring and the invoice price. I then added the popular package #3, a trailer hitch, and door edge guards to it. I had the MSRP price of that and the invoice prices. So you do in fact get invoice price on the add-ons!!! They then added up everything and I got the exact same MSRP and invoice price. Then he took that invoice price and deducted 2%. That became my sale price. My out the door price in California added in 7.9750% sales tax, 80$ doc fee, and a whopping $590.75 registration fee.
The process was wonderful. The dealer was stoked to do it as it was easy for them. I was stoked to do it as it was easy and quite predictable for me. They appreciated that I had already prepared everything that I wanted with the vehicle ahead of time. They ran a soft check on my credit. There is a $500 deposit. My vehicle was ordered (Beautiful Abyss Blue Pearl). Delivery is in late October!
Please let me know if you have any questions because in my excitement I may have overlooked something and happy hunting!!!