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Ordered My New 2018 Explorer

Discussion in '2018 - 2019 Ford Explorer Order Status Threads' started by Exit32, August 17, 2017.

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    1. Warscha

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      Finally...
      Just checked it's in production as of this morning..
      Can't wait

      By the way, does anyone know the differences between the 17 and 18 platinum. (besides the Sync Connect)
       
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      The cotus site finally shows my car in production. It still does not show an estimate ETA, nor does the link to the window sticker work. Hopefully, in a day or two it will be updated. Although, on a side note, the cotus website is really flakey. I usually have to hit the "Track Vehicle" button 6 or 8 times before I get a result; sometimes it never works. Oh well.
       
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      A 'Search' found these threads;
      New things on the 2018 Explorer
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      No sticker on mine yet, and it's been listed as "in production" since the 3rd. Should be later this week. Hopefully not a Friday build though. :laugh:
       
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      Got my order number but it isn't showing up on COTUS yet.
       
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      Cool. Was able to view my window sticker today. Although, not via the COTUS site...no surprise.
       
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      That's great news which means it will be built within days. Congrats!

      I found a link last night that Peter had posted in another thread (http://www.windowsticker.forddirect.com/windowsticker.pdf?vin=VIN NUMBER) and it came up no problem. To your point, COTUS has been very spotty at best. If I read my sticker correctly, at the top it said 120180113 which means it will be built on January 13. Guess the plant is running 7 days a week.
       
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      FYI, that link won't bring up the 'Sticker' forever. Apparently it will for new vehicles and then after an unknown period of time it will come back and say that the VIN doesn't exist yet. So if you want, print it while you can.

      Peter
       
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      How long after I get the order number from the dealer does it take to show up in COTUS?
       
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      Thanks Peter, great tip for everyone. Already saved on my hard drive. Learned that from my Mustang purchase a few years back.

      From my experience, it was probably a couple of weeks, as I was unable to look it up via dealer ID, order number, and name, and it only worked with the VIN. If you are in the US, you may have better luck with the order details, as COTUS doesn't appear to like Canadian dealer codes as in my case, it didn't like the format of the code, even though it was the right one. You also may need to hit refresh a couple of times (sometimes more), before it shows up even after you've seen it there. As many here will attest to, COTUS can be very temperamental, however it's very exciting once you see your order appear and move through the stages.
       
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      Yes, that's the site where I got the window sticker. It looks like mine has a build date of January 19.
       
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      I haven't gotten a VIN from the dealer. Do they get assigned right after the order?
       
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      From my experience, typically about a week or 2 after the order gets submitted. You can reach out to your dealer after that time to get it.
       
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      Thanks for the link Dora, I got my Window Sticker..
      Now I just need my new Explorer.
       
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      I get a lot of people asking me why I'm getting a new truck when my 2017 Explorer Platinum is only 18 months old.

      There are many reasons, but they don't seem to understand.
      1 - It's dirty
      2 - It ran out of gas
      3 - There's a scratch on it
      All logical reasons (I think)..

      But really,
      For fun I went to the dealer to see what's what, and...
      Bottom line is I'm getting a brand new 2018 for the same lease payment as my current one.
      I'm basically at that sweet spot where the value of my current explorer is worth more than the lease buyout.
      As well the new lease rate is lower than my current one.
      I guess it's what you call good timing.

      And now I will have the Sync Connect, which I was really disappointed that it was not included in the 2017 model.

      All being well I'm about a month away.
       
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      ...for the win!
       
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      I have never ordered an Explorer the way I want. does it cost more to order and bring it to the dealer? I know the extra features cost more but would it cost me more to order?
       
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      I'm not sure.
      If you can find exactly what you want on the dealers lot. (color, options....)
      You can probably negotiate on price.
       
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      As PeterK9 taught me, shop around. Build it on the website Go to Edmunds and get the actual invoice cost (it's not what the car costs the dealer but it's a number to work from). From there, realize that the dealer is getting 3% as a holdback and an advertising fee of $698. In retrospect, I left about 1k on the table by going with the dealer I went with.

      Here is some info on Ford Pricing Plans:

      A-Plan
      Ford's A-Plan is intended for Ford employees. This is often considered to be the best possible deal out of Ford's discounted Plan offers.
      How it's calculated: Invoice - Holdback - Advertising Fee + $275 program fee

      Z-Plan
      The Z-Plan is identical to the A-Plan but applies to Ford retirees. Since the programs are so similar, they are frequently referenced together as A/Z Plan.
      How it's calculated: Same as A-Plan

      Advertising fee is $698

      X-Plan
      The X-Plan is actually two programs that equate to a discount for friends, family, and groups with special affiliations with Ford.
      The Ford Partner Recognition X-Plan is essentially a supplier discount that members of certain companies that do business with Ford may qualify for.
      The Friends & Neighbors X-Plan is a much broader set that can be used by employees and retirees to sponsor purchases by family and individuals outside their family.
      How it's calculated: Invoice - 0.4% + $275 program fee

      D-Plan
      Ford's D-Plan applies to dealer employees and family members.
      How it's calculated: A-Plan + $100

      A buyer here mentioned the following:
      BJs Wholesale Club offers its members Ford X-Plan pricing.
      Someone got in addition to the X-Plan price a total of $2,500 of year-end incentives:
      - $1,000 BJ's incentive ($500 instant cash back + $500 BJs shopping credit)
      - $750 Ford retail bonus cash
      - $250 Ford retail customer cash
      - $500 Ford credit cash back


      HTH
       
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      Estimated Delivery: 02/07/2018
       
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      Sweet. Time to start marking days off the calendar. I ordered mine just a couple days later than you, so good to have some expectations until I get some confirmation.
       
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      And what do you know. Just checked COTUS and have an estimated delivery of 2/5/18.
       
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      Sounds like we have a group of 'expecting' members.:D

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      Mine's been consistent with a "due date" of January 26 throughout the process (excluding the period over the holidays when the date disappeared). Being about 475 miles or so away from Chicago, that is certainly doable unless there is some other weather bomb in the forecast before then. I sure hope not. These last 2 weeks or so will be long enough.

      As far as confirmation from the dealer, I've found that I've had more up to date information than them. o_O
       

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