Yea, it's true. You have to be a member of BMWCCA for a year first. Then when you purchase a new bmw, then you qualify for the 500 dollar rebate. I didn't know until they sent me a reply letter saying they denied me of my rebate. So, now i'm a member BMWCCA and without the 500 rebate..****. haha. They scammed me. Membership cost 60 bucks i think. and they weren't clear about that part of the rule. So, yeah. They suck!!!