Written commitment to buy required before dealer will place order

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I think the dealer is just covering themselves, Ford's threats were pretty severe on the reservations not going to the correct name. In yesterdays documents they released the policy and criteria, and its got a reasonable amount of wiggle room so I'm not nearly as afraid of it as I was 2 days ago.





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Happy to receive an email from my dealer regarding ordering procedure today. But there is a paragraph about needing a written commitment to purchase before they will place the order that seems a bit strange. Signing a commitment to buy a vehicle that you can’t test drive or look at before ordering? I want the Bronco but I should be able to back out if there is a problem with it or something I really don’t like about how the vehicle drives, right?

Here’s part of the email: “In the coming days Ford will tell us how many 2021 Broncos will be allocated to (.....) Ford. Using that number, I will start with the lowest reservation number in our pool and will reach out to each of you in ascending order. I will attempt you first by email and then by phone if I don’t hear back from you. Once we connect I will ask for a couple commitments from you. I will need your written commitment that you will follow through and purchase the vehicle within a reasonable amount of time once it arrives. I will also need to know that you understand our pricing policy. Provided you can make all commitments needed, I will then push your reservation into the order system and will give you instruction on how to submit your build configuration. Please understand that if we cannot reach you within a reasonable amount of time, or if you cannot commit to the purchase, we will be forced to move that allocation to the next reservation in line.”

Is this just normal dealership covering their butt talk or does this sound fishy?
Fishy.
I talked to my dealer who assured me that I can back out as late as the test drive of the specific vehicle that I ordered and I would owe nothing more than the $100 that I already gave and even that will be refunded if I back out.
 

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Keep your life in perspective - it's just a Bronco.

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To be fair, the Bronco is the literal and figurative vehicle to allow me to get away from the "end of the world" stuff... and if the world does end, it is not a bad "mad max" vehicle either.
 

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Please understand that if we cannot reach you within a reasonable amount of time, or if you cannot commit to the purchase, we will be forced to move that allocation to the next reservation in line.”

The above statement is spurious. I don't believe dealers can move your allocation to the next reservation. Not even sure what that means? If you order by the March deadline, your build date is based on timestamp, vehicle options and dealer allocation. This guy alludes to being able to move your position and that's b.s.

As for commitment or deposit, it should be expected. If you want a $40k, $50k or $60k vehicle built to your exact specification, then you need to commit. If you are not comfortable buying a vehicle you have not driven, etc, etc, then wait and buy a Bronco a year later.

There are plenty of people, myself included, that have enough information to commit to buying now and paying whatever deposit necessary. I put a deposit on the Porsche Boxster 2 years before it came out. I bought it without driving it and I was maybe the first guy in Boston to have one. Based on many comments I've read on this forum, many people here are NOT serious buyers. Ford and the dealerships want to weed out the Lookie Lou's and build Broncos for genuine, committed customers!
 

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Relax. I received the same email from the same dealer. Part of the email was not posted. Those of you afraid to commit aren’t serious. Some of you act like the rest of us are stupid and naive.

I’ll sign a commitment to show that I AM committed. You guys can stay with you shady dealers that go on and on about shuffling the order and different levels of order codes. This dealer will tell us where we are in HIS allocation line. Let’s see your dealers written commitment to follow the reservation order. Suddenly some of you become English majors and contract attorneys. It shows me something about you.

I can’t wait to get my call from them and I’m glad that their policy includes a very short window of time to respond to the call to order. I’m moving up the line for sure when the lookie loos are exposed. They honor x plan equivalent pricing levels btw so it’s a great deal.

I am not connected to any dealer nor am I associated to this dealer. I am with him because it’s a straight up deal and I feel that I won’t be pushed behind dealer friends and rock stars.
Well said- What is being overlooked on the OP post is that this dealer may PAST you over regardless of your time stamp. @XCR440 is this correct? If a buyer does not to respond right away or chooses to convert later in the process could the buyer loose their spot in MY21 builds? Thanks
if you cannot commit to the purchase, we will be forced to move that allocation to the next reservation in line.”
 

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In my opinion it’s just cya. No way they’d hold you to that signature of commitment. Nor would they go after you to buy it. They’d be able to raise the hell out of that price and sell it off the lot for way more. Nothing to worry about. Don’t over think it. KISS theory.
 

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Well said- What is being overlooked on the OP post is that this dealer may PAST you over regardless of your time stamp. @XCR440 is this correct? If a buyer does not to respond right away or chooses to convert later in the process could the buyer loose their spot in MY21 builds? Thanks
I wouldn't play games with us resi holders either. This is my dealer and I'm glad that they are pushing resi holders to put up or shut up. Put yourself in their shoes, how will they deal with a rush on the last day? If someone like Granger gets a last day rush of orders there is a good chance that Granger couldn't enter them by the first round deadline. Then the crying would really start!

Nothing has changed in the product since Christmas. The build sheet matches B&P so stop the drama. Get off your butts, print out your order this weekend and stop being drama queens!

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I have not seen anything like this . . . but if my dealership throws something like this at me I will not be ordering. I am not committing to a 61k vehicle that I have never driven or laid my eyes on. Furthermore I will be trading in my Raptor and this gives them carte-blanche to totally screw me over on the trade . . . I am happy to put down a (refundable) deposit - no question - but I am not committing unless they want to also commit to what the final - after trade - number will be . . . and even then it needs to be exactly what I order.

I have ordered two of my last three Raptors and did not have to sign anything like this.
So vary true, my wife and I just ordered a new 2021 ford Explorer that she custom built, 60 + after all said and done, and we were never asked to sign anything like that, hell we didn't even have to put down a deposit.
 

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So vary true, my wife and I just ordered a new 2021 ford Explorer that she custom built, 60 + after all said and done, and we were never asked to sign anything like that, hell we didn't even have to put down a deposit.
Exactly. I was asked to put down 500.00 when I ordered my 14 Raptor but have since ordered a 17 Raptor and 19 Ranger for my son. No deposit or language / signing any guarantee to purchase ...

And I am actually fine with a deposit if requested - which should be all the ‘commitment’ necessary.
 

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I wouldn't play games with the resi holders either. This is my dealer and I'm glad that they are pushing resi holders to put up or shut up. Put yourself in their shoes, how will they deal with a rush on the last day? If someone like Granger gets a last day rush of orders there is a good chance that Granger couldn't enter them by the first round deadline. Then the crying would really start!

Nothing has changed in the product since Christmas. The build sheet matches B&P so stop the drama. Get off your butts, print out your order this weekend and stop being drama queens!

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Pricing aside, nothing has changed for me since I sent my build to my dealer in late November. It's go time.
 

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Well said- What is being overlooked on the OP post is that this dealer may PAST you over regardless of your time stamp. @XCR440 is this correct? If a buyer does not to respond right away or chooses to convert later in the process could the buyer loose their spot in MY21 builds? Thanks
The dealer does not control the order allocation of their converted reservations. That's Ford's big algorithm's job. Just get your order in by March 19th.

I think most dealers know this - they just are using scare tactics to hurry and get your order/deposit/etc.
 

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