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Old 03-18-2011, 08:23 AM   #131
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I ordered a 5speed se hatch with the sport pkg. and the optional 17in wheels on feb 20th. So far no VIN yet.
how much was this if you dont mind me asking
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:16 AM   #132
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Pre-ordered mine 3 weeks ago

The dealer says he still hasn't placed the order because Ford is only taking retail orders. I didn't believe him when he told me and now I'm remembering he had to place the order with Ford by March 15th in order for me to get the $500 dollar rebate. Is this correct or am I misremembering?
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Old 03-18-2011, 11:33 AM   #133
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The order had to be placed before the end of Feb. to get the $500.00 rebate. That's according to what was stated on the Ford web site. Plus, you were supposed to print out your pre-order from their site and show it to your dealer.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:12 PM   #134
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To get the $500.00 rebate the order had to be placed by the dealer as a retail. To the people that already have VIN's/ ship dates....the dealer placed your order as a "stock" unit, that's why it is showing up on the inventory search pages. If your unit was "retail" it would not show there. They have not scheduled any retails yet, because they were waiting until the OK to ship which happened last week.

If the dealer didn't read the fine print of the claiming process from Ford, it will not be valid, and either you won't get the rebate or it will be coming out of the dealers pocket.

Just wanted to give some more information to the people that ordered way before others and are frustrated they have not got a VIN yet.

I am in the same boat. I ordered as "retail" back in November and as of today my car is still not scheduled for production. I have mixed feelings about this process, but over everything I think it's way to long of a wait to at least get a production date. And it's hard knowing that even though I will eventually get a date, it can be up to two months or more after that when it will physically arrive at the dealership. So we are looking at 6 months total from order date to delivery.

It's also frustrating that the people who ordered as "retail" basically get cut in line by orders submitted for customers as "stock". I know there is no way for Ford to verify otherwise, but it's difficult seeing cars that will be delieverd to customers and also sitting on lots while my order sits unattended.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:45 PM   #135
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Gobird - Yeah, I went through that. I had to place my order with the dealer by the end of Feb but then they had to place their order with Ford by a certain date which I thought was March 15th.

Csvt - Thanks for the info. Our situation is a bummer, good luck to you.
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Old 03-18-2011, 12:51 PM   #136
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I know my dealer placed my order the same day I ordered it from them,Feb.9. I did have to go back to them a day later to sign some papers for the rebate.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:05 PM   #137
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I am in the same boat. I ordered as "retail" back in November and as of today my car is still not scheduled for production. I have mixed feelings about this process, but over everything I think it's way to long of a wait to at least get a production date. And it's hard knowing that even though I will eventually get a date, it can be up to two months or more after that when it will physically arrive at the dealership. So we are looking at 6 months total from order date to delivery.

It's also frustrating that the people who ordered as "retail" basically get cut in line by orders submitted for customers as "stock". I know there is no way for Ford to verify otherwise, but it's difficult seeing cars that will be delieverd to customers and also sitting on lots while my order sits unattended.
Thats's absoluely ridiculous. I also ordered in November, and if it hasnt even been scheduled to be built yet I'm going to reconsider even buying.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:17 PM   #138
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I have waited much longer for a Ford. Back in Dec. 2000 I placed my order for my 2002 Thunderbird. It came in on Jan. 2002. It was a 13 month wait so the time doesn't bother me that much.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:41 PM   #139
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Note that cars seem to be being built 5-6 days after they get scheduled (eg cars getting scheduled today are getting build dates of ~3/24). Delivery after that is as little as 3-4 days after that, but that really depends on location, shipping methods, dealers deliveries, etc and could be a few weeks for those on the west coast.

I know somebody who had their retail order get scheduled on 3/11, build on 3/17, and dealer delivery is expected mid next week.

Yes, the lack of info is painful, but reality isn't necessarily as doom and gloom as some want to make it sound.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:45 PM   #140
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To the people that already have VIN's/ ship dates....the dealer placed your order as a "stock" unit, that's why it is showing up on the inventory search pages. If your unit was "retail" it would not show there. They have not scheduled any retails yet, because they were waiting until the OK to ship which happened last week.
They have started scheduling retail, but have only been doing it for a little over a week. There are people with retail orders and VINs, but not a ton yet.
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