My roommate is looking for a new truck. Nothing special,
just an '08 Ford F-250 Super Cab with a 5.4L V8 gas
engine, 18" wheels, in Ford's dark shadow color.
According to our dealers exactly one of these trucks exists
in all of California. The truck has a bunch of other options he
neither wants or needs.
So then he asks how long it will take to get one. The first
dealer said 6-8 weeks. The next said 4 months. The third
said SIX MONTHS.
Sort of hard to buy a truck from Ford when Ford isn't making
The sooner they go belly up the better.
There are at least three ways for the original poster to get the truck he
Any Ford dealer, with an open allocation can order the truck you want as a
retail sale and have it on the ground in around five weeks. Go talk to
truck sales or fleet manager(s) and see if one has an opening in his
Have a dealer check, via the locater, for one in stock at other dealers in
the district. The list changes daily. He can buy it or swap for the truck
you need. If he needs to buy it, it can cost a bit more because of the hold
If one with an allocation is not available in California try a neighboring
state, like Texas where Ford sells lots of trucks, for a dealer who does and
have them order and 'drop ship' the truck to a dealer in you area.
To bad I'm not still at my old job, I could have gotten whatever you wanted
in around three or four days ;)
Buying at the end of the model year is fine IF one keeps their vehicle five
years or more but not if one is the average American new vehicle buyer, that
trades on another new vehicle in three to four years with 34K to 60K on the
When you trade in four years you will be trading a vehicle that is a year
older and will have lost more equity than you will save.
I E Let us say you have a 2003 you bought in 2004 and another buyer has a
2004 he bought in 2003. You now buy a 2007 and he buys a 2008. Who do you
think will lay out the most money and which will have the greater equity in
January 2008? I had a 2005 Mustang GT convertible that I bought in 2004, in
August of 2006 I bought a 2007. At the time the car I owned for two years,
look to be a year old to a potential used car buyer.
In August of 2007 I will trade my two year old car, that all I had to do to
was buy fuel and change oil and inspect, on a 2009. By doing that I have
been buying new cars for four to five thousand dollars, out the door. A
thousand of which is in increased price for the new model. ;)
Not making and selling trucks? What color is the sky in your world? The
Ford 'F' series trucks are the best selling trucks and the F150 has been the
number one selling vehicle in the US for thirty years. GM is second and
Dodge is third in total truck sales. Combined they sell over 90% of ALL the
trucks sold in the US and around 50% of all the vehicles sold in the US, as
well. Toyota has a measly 5% of the US truck market by comparison LOL
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