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So I've never done this before. This will be the first car I've been interested in before it has been released and also the most limited production vehicle I've been looking at.

So... How do I get one?
Should I contact a dealer in my area, and should I pick the largest volume Ford dealer I can find?
Is it historically correct that the larger volume dealers will get first pick or get more of a car like this?

Will I have to pay sticker price (or even over sticker price)?
Will there be incentives like cash back or 0% financing?

I've also never ordered a new car, bought a few new cars right off the lot/showroom.
What do I need to know to order what I want, and what happens if I don't want it when it comes in?
 

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If you really want one find the SVT dealer in your area put down a deposit when they open the ordering books order and there you go yours. Now having said that if I don't like the car or price or need my deposit back I can get it but I am first in line to order at my dealership. They figure they might get two or three if they are lucky.
 

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Once more is announced, (ie. price, timeframe, etc.) go have a talk with your local dealership. If you ask me, right now it really doesn't matter if you have your name down on anything or not, but that is my opinion, others will disagree. Yes, larger volume dealers typically will get more and/or they will get them sooner than other dealerships.

Ford typically doesn't offer any incentives on specialty vehicles. They started off that way with the ST only offering some of their purchasing plans with it, but no incentives. They soon changed that when they couldn't get them off the lots quick enough. But I would not expect any incentives to be offered.

I have a feeling this car is going to be a lot like buying my Raptor was. Yes, you can purchase them off the lot, however you will be paying a premium. If you order one, don't expect to get it too deeply discounted, but I wouldn't ever pay over MSRP for it, you can ALWAYS find a dealer that will sell for MSRP or less. My gut tells me invoice + 500 is going to be a pretty good deal on this car. Order the first day the order banks open up (probably watch this site to find out). If you are there day one and have a deposit in hand, more than likely you will bypass anyone that is on the "list" in front of you. Expect to wait for this thing, Ford will build some cars for dealer inventory and others for customer orders, typically run 1 is a lot more dealer stock. Even after production started on the 2012 Raptors, it took me 5 months to get mine and that was even after having a pretty large argument with the area manager for Ford to get the order chosen for build.

As far as what happens if you don't want it when it comes in? A reputable Ford dealer would just refund the deposit and sell it for more on the lot.

So in recap:

1). No incentives will be offered more than likely.
2). Order day 1 when the order banks open up.
3). Expect to wait as orders are fulfilled.
4). Expect close to MSRP for price, but don't pay over it.
5). Enjoy the car when it comes in!
 

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It is too hard to say how it is going to go with the RS besides not easy. I have a good working business relationship with my dealer, and I'm hoping this will be enough to get a good honest price with out markup. I will pay up to 500 over MSRP but that's its. I'm good at negotiating but it only works if they need a sale, I don't think the RS will have a problem or slow down until 6 months after they start getting them over here.
 

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Plan B is in effect if plan A falls through. I have a salesman that is part owner of a Ford dealer(long story), we just had a sit down and will be letting me know about setting up buying the RS for MSRP after it is out :)
 

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I've bought five Fords from the same dealership in the past decade. Having a relationship with the owner and his head of sales, I hope to pay below sticker. I was the first to order a ST from them, hell they didn't even know what it was until I told them. They priced it at an X plan price for me before X plan was made available. In the end, their quoted price was 200 below what the X plan would have been.

I have no intention of paying over sticker. I've been a loyal customer. Loyal to the dealership and the brand. If they try to gouge me, then I'll take my business to another dealership, but I don't think they will. If fact, I have a friend that want's a RS and will order right along side me. Hell, I might set up a group buy depending on allocations.
 

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Just wait for the 2nd year, they'll have 5 to choose from.
2nd year is a good option, but the late release has me thinking about the first year. I would like to purchase in April, the ST will be turning 3 at that time. I'm thinking of at least waiting 6 months after they hit showrooms, but that may be longer depending on demand or at least waiting until I can get one for MSRP.
 

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It also allows them to work out the first year kinks. Any early build ST owner will understand that.
Totally agree, and you don't necessarily have to wait a year, but 6 months is always a good buffer to have since the first ones started rolling out.
 

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I've bought five Fords from the same dealership in the past decade. Having a relationship with the owner and his head of sales, I hope to pay below sticker. I was the first to order a ST from them, hell they didn't even know what it was until I told them. They priced it at an X plan price for me before X plan was made available. In the end, their quoted price was 200 below what the X plan would have been.

I have no intention of paying over sticker. I've been a loyal customer. Loyal to the dealership and the brand. If they try to gouge me, then I'll take my business to another dealership, but I don't think they will. If fact, I have a friend that want's a RS and will order right along side me. Hell, I might set up a group buy depending on allocations.
i know this is random, but if you really did a group buy at a dealership id buy one if it was a good deal, and im from michigan..


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i know this is random, but if you really did a group buy at a dealership id buy one if it was a good deal, and im from michigan..


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Hell, I would too. Where are you located @Bluebyutoo ?
 

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Hell, I would too. Where are you located @Bluebyutoo ?
Upstate NY. My dealer is one of the biggest Ford dealers in the area. He has been selling Shelby Mustangs and other high performance Fords for years. His father owned the business before him and oh yeah, he is my cousin.

I have been chatting with him. There are NO DEALER ALLOCATION NUMBERS at this time. They will let me know when they know. When I spoke with team RS yesterday, they said production would be less than first year ST run but that they have the capacity to respond to demand. So if you don't get a year one RS, chance are a year two one will be more readily obtainable.
 

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Upstate NY. My dealer is one of the biggest Ford dealers in the area. He has been selling Shelby Mustangs and other high performance Fords for years. His father owned the business before him and oh yeah, he is my cousin.

I have been chatting with him. There are NO DEALER ALLOCATION NUMBERS at this time. They will let me know when they know. When I spoke with team RS yesterday, they said production would be less than first year ST run but that they have the capacity to respond to demand. So if you don't get a year one RS, chance are a year two one will be more readily obtainable.
I want a year one RS. I want one as soon as possible. If I could save a few thousand, I'd gladly travel to upstate New York
 

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Great thread, answers a lot of questions I had. I think the more logical choice would be to wait until the year 2 RS comes out and see all the reviews/shakedowns of the car as well as working out the bugs. However, the little boy in me doesn't want to be logical I just want to plop money down, sell my ST and get into a day one RS haha!
 

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When I spoke with team RS yesterday, they said production would be less than first year ST run but that they have the capacity to respond to demand. So if you don't get a year one RS, chance are a year two one will be more readily obtainable.
This is great news.
 

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I work at a Ford Dealership, and I've called all the others(locally) outside of my company, and talked with a few Ford reps...at this time there is no official "Waiting List" for the Focus RS yet.
General Manager says the "Dealer's List" people are getting on is just basically a call list for when they do open up a waiting list, or they become available.

I can only take all that info at face value myself, so do with that information whatever you will...
 

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As long as dealers honor the lists they are making I suppose it doesn't matter. I just wouldn't take it as a guarantee of getting an RS if you are on one. There is no ordering info out yet and who knows about allocations. I would say if you plan on getting an RS when the first hit shores, go to a few dealers and get on their list, hopefully this way you will have some back ups if the RS becomes a unicorn at first.
 

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Hello all, noob here to the focus forums. Really hoping I can trade in my fr-s in a year with a downpayment and be able to walk out the door with one. I've been wondering though, I know they won't be made in huge numbers like the normal focus, but I think it won't be too hard to get one because it is kind of a niche car. I'm not knocking that by any means, but I think the average non-enthusiast isn't going to see the validation of spending 35k+ on the RS when for cheaper they can get the ST or for the same price get a mustang gt. I actually had a salesman look at me like I was crazy when after test driving the mustang GT I asked if they had any focus st's in stock. He kept trying to sell me on the gt on how the ST didn't compare, is crappy compared to the mustang. I kind of looked at him sideways at that point, maybe he was just trying to make a hard sell on the GT. Here in SA theres a decent tuning scene but it's really obvious its a huge mustang gt/chevy camaro city. I think with some research I should be able to hunt 1 RS close by hopefully for non rape price. sorry for the rambling guys!!
 
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