Originally Posted by katia
So I have tried calling Ford about incentives and rebates for me, but couldn't get a hold of them.
I am on the x plan. I am looking to order a 2012 Ford Focus Titanium Hatchback, white platinum tricoat, charcoal black leather, handling package and exterior protection package. Depending on what rebates I can grab, I might add a few other things.
I am trying to figure out what incentives and rebates I am applicable for and which I can combine. I am a student and a first time car buyer.
I have heard about Bonus Cash Ford 2012 A/X/Z/D - Plan Customer Cash #90544, Bonus Cash Ford 2012 College Student Purchase Program #33468 - National, Bonus Cash Ford 2012 First Time Buyer Program #33572 - National, Bonus Cash Ford 2012 Technology Instant Rebate #33358 - National. I also read in these forums the mention of ordering the brochure (which I did last night) to try and get $750 but I also read that if you are on the x plan you get a $750 automatically? Not sure on that.
On top of the aforementioned, I saw this in another forum: "Incentive protection is a relatively new program through Ford that many dealers have not explored. Tell them to go to fmc dealer, online enrollment, incentive protection."
Is this for real? And if it is, then does it effectively lock in my rebates when I order the car and upon its arrival give me the opportunity to take either better offers that are available then or keep my rebates I locked in when ordered but not lose rebates.
I am just confused and want to make sure I don't kick myself later on. I am 24 and a female and going to talk to dealers has not gone well for me. E-mail has worked best just because otherwise I am not taken seriously.
Thanks for your help!
First off don't kick yourself for being female, some of the best negotiators I've dealt with are women.
Now onto your questions. If you are X-Plan you cannot combine college student/military/first time buyer with the X-Plan partnership unfortunately. All the programs you listed you have to be coming out of a Ford lease (90544) or some other qualifier.
However the brochure discount can be combined with X-Plan. Incentive protection is if you order the vehicle and there is a $500 rebate and the vehicle arrives and there is $0 you get the $500. Ford cannot guarantee interest rates however, so like on our F series with 0% you cannot order a truck and guarantee that rate. Sounds like you should be able to get the $500 plus $750 assuming you get a brochure. Then e-mail your local Ford dealer you prefer and have them build your vehicle for X-Plan and price it out for you. They cannot charge more than $100 for documentation fee so if they try to lap you with a $500 fee walk away.