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Old 11-12-2018, 09:07 AM   #1
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Focus ST Sitting on a lot...am I crazy?

Hey all - I'm a regular browser of the MK3 forum with a 2015 Ti, come to get your thoughts on my current predicament

Long story short I decided it makes sense for me to upgrade from my '15 Ti to a '18 ST, and the one I found is brand new but has been sitting on a dealer lot for a little over a year. It's a white ST1 with 0 options, which is fine for me (I'll find seats later). I'm not really trying to find any other ones, as this is the only one in the area that fits my budget, needs, and wants.

What I'm wondering is, am I walking into a trap having my local dealer bring the car here for me to look at? Can anyone think of any reason besides the base model nature, which would make 378 days worth of potential buyers walk away, or is this combination just not an in-demand combination? Should I ask them to do anything to this thing before I make the purchase besides a new battery? (I'm in MI, so cold cycles without running the vehicle are a concern) Apparently all warranties apply from date of sale not date of assembly so I should be good there.

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Old 11-12-2018, 09:25 AM   #2
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This is a good topic because Iíve often wondered the same thing, with regards to the brakes, battery & tires of new vehicles just sitting & sitting on lots, often times in cold weather or extreme heat climates. Iíve seen many new 2017 RSís that have been sitting on dealership lots for over 500 days & im shocked but I guess it just goes to show us how much of a limited buyers market there is for an ST & RS.


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If the price is right & its the trim your looking for, then go for it. If your going to swap the seats later, Why not get a st2/st3 then?
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Aside from the battery is the GASOLINE. a year old in the tank.
If the car had been started up and driven every few months, probably not a problem.
(How many MILES on the odometer? if it has been driven now and then as demo, should be at least 200 miles, more like 300.. As an example a 2018 in my fav dealer showroom has 124 miles at five months old)
As for 'DEALS' being a year old.. The price should be AMAZING low. like at least $3K off sticker PLUS incentives.
The downside I really thing your buying this car and then 'looking for Recaro seats' is questionable. (unless you hang on the the original ones when you sell the car to put back)
First off the airbags. Then making them work. all that
So I say if you buy the car, keep it stock. Or find the car WITH what you want.

I think a year old car must have something secret as an issue?? Just really odd. Though it may be your area NO ONE drives a stick NO ONE. Period. So it really is a problem car for them just due to demographics? (which means they should be willing to sell at cost!)
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Aside from the battery is the GASOLINE. a year old in the tank.
If the car had been started up and driven every few months, probably not a problem.
(How many MILES on the odometer? if it has been driven now and then as demo, should be at least 200 miles, more like 300.. As an example a 2018 in my fav dealer showroom has 124 miles at five months old)
As for 'DEALS' being a year old.. The price should be AMAZING low. like at least $3K off sticker PLUS incentives.
The downside I really thing your buying this car and then 'looking for Recaro seats' is questionable. (unless you hang on the the original ones when you sell the car to put back)
First off the airbags. Then making them work. all that
So I say if you buy the car, keep it stock. Or find the car WITH what you want.

I think a year old car must have something secret as an issue?? Just really odd. Though it may be your area NO ONE drives a stick NO ONE. Period. So it really is a problem car for them just due to demographics? (which means they should be willing to sell at cost!)
Cars on dealers lots are moved around all the time. One to make the inventory look new and refreshed, and two to keep the batteries charged. They also keep the bare minimum of gas in them until sold. Usually enough to move them and a few short test drives. So gas shouldnít be an issue. The battery is warranted from sale date of the car so no issue there.

I agree on price. If itís been sitting for a year, Iíd want a super deal on it. Iíd start at least $1000 below hold back and see what they say and do. Iíd also see what theyíd throw in. Depending on the dealer and the manager youíd be surprised what youíll get.

Btw as this is a minimum deal, Iíd go in during a slow time so the salesman isnít losing a deal where they make more. I like them to make money, just not on me, so I try not to waste their time and so they can get me in and out fast. Better yet, Iíve worked deals like this over the phone and walked in, done a fast test drive, do paperwork while itís prepped and be out in an hour or so.
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Have you looked at 2018 ST1 prices lately? Some areas of the country have them in the 18-19k range, which is crazy low, considering most used STís are priced higher than that. Why anyone would spend 19k for a 2016 ST, when you can get a new ST for 20k, is beyond me.


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Have you looked at 2018 ST1 prices lately? Some areas of the country have them in the 18-19k range, which is crazy low, considering most used STís are priced higher than that. Why anyone would spend 19k for a 2016 ST, when you can get a new ST for 20k, is beyond me.


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People do it all the time.
They hear itís better to buy used then new due to depreciation. So they donít shop wisely.

When I bought my Blazer used ones with 50,000 miles or more were selling for $1000 less than a new one. When I bought my first Harley used ones were MORE than new ones. In fact, I sold it 18 months later for $1500 more than I paid for it. Iíve also heard Jeep Wranglers have sold more used than new.

Armed with info one can get a good deal. Without itís why so many are fleeced.
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Have you looked at 2018 ST1 prices lately? Some areas of the country have them in the 18-19k range, which is crazy low, considering most used ST’s are priced higher than that. Why anyone would spend 19k for a 2016 ST, when you can get a new ST for 20k, is beyond me.


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I bought used but because I wanted options and not a stripper model. $22k OTD for a '16 ST3 with 11k miles.
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I bought used but because I wanted options and not a stripper model. $22k OTD for a '16 ST3 with 11k miles.




I hear you on the base ST1. I really donít care much for the ĎSEí style dash, grey cloth seats & backup screen, however I also really donít like those high bolstered seats on the ST3. I feel like if Ford wouldíve just offered the Titanium infotainment system & seats in the base ST1, then it wouldíve sold better, however obviously I realize the prices wouldíve been much higher than 20-21k.


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I think you should go for it if this is what will make you happy. I wouldn’t pay over $20k for it though, since it’s been sitting there so long and production has been stopped.
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