Friday, May 22, 2015
WRX Midwest Drought
That's why, for the next month or so, WRX and WRX STI models may be tougher to come by than usual. Aside from the fact that they're already a sought after car, the new MY2016 WRX and WRX STI won't be arriving at local dealerships until July, which is much later than the MY2015 release. By this time last year, there were already new 4th Generation WRXs on the ground at local dealerships in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, and Missouri.
WRX Premium CVT:
1 In Stock, 0 In Transit
6 In Stock, 1 In Transit
2 In Stock, 1 In Transit
25 In Stock, 4 In Transit
In those states I searched, there are 30 Subaru Dealerships. So, between now and when the fireworks fly, the chances of a dealership in this area having the right rocketship for you in-stock... or even having ANY in stock, is quite low.
Many of those who are looking to own a WRX or WRX STI are already aware of the shortage in this area (and others across the country) so they either search carefully to find the right one or they simply order the car from their local dealer exactly the way they want it. However, there's still the majority of those hopeful owners who prance gleefully into their dealership expecting to find their car sitting on the showroom waiting for them to take it home. They quickly realize this is generally not the case. This issue will only become more commonplace in the weeks to come, at least in my neck-of-the-woods.
To those who are reading this well after the WRX Drought of 2015 has passed, note that this is likely how things will always be with the WRX and WRX STI in the Midwest. So, whenever it's possible, plan ahead and order your car exactly the way you want it and the wait will be worth it.