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Ford Escape Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, SUV
#178 of 712 RE: Rebate Question by cloftus entry #175
Sep 15, 2007 (7:04 pm)
The $500 is a Cash Incentive to purchase. If you go to the Kelly Blue Book site (www.kbb.com) and select New Car pricing and then price the 2008 Escape Hybrid with options, you should see one of the selections you can make refers to the $500 incentive.
Also, buyers who qualify for x plan pricing are offered this $500 incentive in certificate form.
Only problem is, this incentive ends on 10/01/2007, and the date that is used to qualify is the date the vehicle is delivered to you, the buyer. So us poor souls who may have the $500 incentive but are still waiting on FORD to deliver the vehicle will most likely be out of luck since I doubt we "waiters" will receive our vehicles by 10/01/2007.
On the other hand, if after 10/01/07 for some strange reason FORD provides another incentive (more than or less than the $500 one) we "waiters" will qualify for whatever rebates etc are applicable on the date of delivery. ( I know this is true for X plan buyers, so I would imagine the same procedure would apply to all buyers.
#179 of 712 Found (2) in Florida
Sep 17, 2007 (6:28 pm)
Just returned from Tallahassee, Florida. If anyone's interested there are two 2008 FEH's at All American Ford. One is a 4x4. Didn't fit my order, so I'm still waiting.
#180 of 712 Ford Customer Service Assistance
Sep 18, 2007 (1:47 pm)
I recently contacted Ford's Customer Service Assistance dept to see if they could give me the date of a week in which I could expect delivery of my FEH ordered on 7/30. I contacted Ford directly because I was told by the dealership that the person who could help me had gone "fishing in the carribean somehere".
After providing FORD with the information they requested on my particular order, they responded within 24 hours with the following:
"Our records indicate that your vehicle has been serialized and is awaiting schedule date and estimated time of arrival. There are a great number of variables that may affect production scheduling and delivery: 1. option packages 2. special powertrain combinations 3 delivery delays of components. Other variables that may also affect the delivery date of your vehicle include: 1. Certification and quality inspections 2. Transportation of the vehicle to the specified dealership. As such, it is not possible to guarantee a specific delivery date. Your sales representative at your selling dealership is in the best position to track your vehicle order. We recommend contacting the dealership's Sales Dept for further assistance in this matter."
Please excuse me while I retire again to "the waiting" room.
#181 of 712 Received 2008 FEH in six weeks
Sep 20, 2007 (8:20 pm)
I ordered a 2008 FEH in late June 2007. I was surprised when the dealer called me in mid-August and said my FEH was sitting in their parking lot. Not sure why my order was filled relatively quick, but I was happy. I love the vehicle!
#182 of 712 Forever and a day for my FEH
Sep 24, 2007 (9:34 am)
Ordered in March while I was living in Mexico. Arrived in September after I had moved to the US. Holy Frijoles that is slow. Got X-plan on it (hope you all like the floorcarpets!).
#183 of 712 FORD DEMONSTRATES WHY IT DOESN'T PAY TO GO GREEN
Oct 19, 2007 (11:24 pm)
Ordered my 2008 4WD FEH on 7/30/2007. At the time there were none to be found on the dealer lots. At the time of order I was told 4-6 weeks for delivery. Also at the time of order, I was given by FORD a $500 cash rebate coupon as an incentive to buy, good until 10/01/2007. With the $500 incentive and the X pricing I was given, I was satisfied with the price. Problem is, Ford didn't deliver the vehicle in 4-6 weeks as promised, and as the 9th week passed so did my $500 incentive that ended on 10-1. FORD delayed delivery until the 11th week. In addition, on the date the $500 cash incentive expired (10-1), they announced another incentive effective 10-2 for a $1000 cash rebate with one catch----IT APPLIES TO 2008 ESCAPES BUT NOT 2008 ESCAPE HYBRIDS. Sooo, one may surmise that it's in Ford's interest to delay the delivery of ordered Hybrids (using whatever excuse they can come up with) until any outstanding incentives expire and don't follow it with another incentive, or if another is offered let it only apply to a different model.
Some consider this an out right scam. With the method they are using Ford could offer a $10,000 rebate on an ordered vehicle to get customers to buy, and then simply make certain they don't deliver the vehicle until after the incentive's expiration date!
In my particular case, for them to follow with a $1000 factory cash incentive on 2008 Escapes and not on 2008 Escape Hybrids is certainly demonstrating that it doesn't pay to buy the Hybrid version.-------Thus, "why it doesn't pay to go green".
#184 of 712 Re: FORD DEMONSTRATES WHY IT DOESN'T PAY TO GO GREEN [rnarg]
Oct 20, 2007 (6:14 am)
I would think that they wont give you a discount on the 2008 hybrid because they can't build them fast enough.They sell them easily with no incentives.The $500 discount was at a time when people were not buying the Escape hybrid.Things have changed.I remember when our local dealer had an Escape hybrid and it sat on their lot for at least a month before it was sold.Now you can't find one to test drive.
Oct 20, 2007 (2:37 pm)
I ordered a 2008 escape hybrid and when it came the sticker price was $1000 more than my order receipt stated. Good thing I had price protection as these hoodlums would have tried to charge me $1000 more than quoted. And that's on top of the $200 mid year price increase I had to pay.
Don't even get me started on the bait and switch hybrid tax credit - absolutely ridiculous.
#186 of 712 RE: Ford Demonstrates Why It Doesn't Pay To Go Green and #185 response.
Oct 20, 2007 (9:13 pm)
I agree with your assessment of supply and demand issues at the time, however my point is-----had Ford delivered my ordered vehicle during the time period they promised (4-6 weeks), I would not have lost my $500 cash incentive promised at the time of order. In other words, I got to pay a $500 penalty charge for FORD'S DELAY. This doesn't make sense to me, regardless of the supply and demand issues. The point is FORD gets rewarded for delaying delivery of the order.
Since Ford could use this tactic again and again at their discretion and regardless of supply and demand, it seems they may be exposing themselves to a conflict of interest charge.
#187 of 712 ABOVE STICKER PRICING ON FEH
Oct 21, 2007 (12:51 pm)
A Ford dealership in Columbia, MD is telling me that there is such a demand for the FEH, that the last two have sold at 2500-5000 above sticker price. The salesman is telling me that they had to "BUY" the two they have on the lot from a dealership in California, plus pay transportation to get here. Has anyone heard of the FEH selling above sticker price? After the negotiating began, he was willing to come "down" to sticker price, but I walked away. I know they have to make a buck or 2, but I am very much against buying at sticker and I'm definitely not buying above sticker.