Wait times for the new Ford Ranger Raptor are now extended to two and a half years. But one customer has lifted the lid on how to skip the line.
He 2023 Ford Ranger Raptor it has a queue that stretches out to two and a half years in most Australian metropolitan cities, despite a price tag close to $100,000 by car.
For the time being,has refused to stop taking deposits for the new – despite orders for other in-demand vehicles, such as the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series, the Suzuki Jimmy three-door automatic and the Mercedes-AMG G63, having been halted.
Now a customer has revealed how he went from a quoted wait time of two years to being assigned a new car from the next shipment.
Stuart, from Sydney (who asked us not to use his last name) was in the queue after placing an order at a local dealership last year, but had been constantly told not to expect a delivery until 2025.
Some Ford Ranger Raptor owners have been trying to “flip” low-mile or just-delivered examples on social media for a handsome profit, advertising anywhere from $105,000 to $110,000 plus stamp duty, even though the prices of the dealerships are closer to $95,000.
Not wanting to pay more than expected to skip the line, Stuart made a phone call.
“I had a day off work and decided to spend the whole day on the phone. I promised myself I wouldn’t stop until I found a canceled order,” Stuart said. Drive.
“I avoided calling tube distributors on the east coast, which is where most of the demand is, so I started calling regional and rural distributors in Queensland, then NSW, then Victoria, before moving on South Australia, which is where I finally got lucky.”
Stuart said some regional dealers quoted possible delivery by the end of this year “but most were quoting 18 months to two years, and the longest lead times quoted were up to 2 1/2 years.”
Stuart said that when he started making phone calls to as many Ford dealerships as possible in a day, his mission wasn’t just a numbers game.
“When I called every dealer, I was always very polite and said, ‘I know you probably get asked this question a hundred times a day, but do you happen to have a canceled order for a Raptor?’
“Each time, I wouldn’t say I was from the interstate. I’d always tell them I was, say, 100 (kilometres) from where they were, I’d pick a nearby city from Google Maps, in an attempt to get them to take me seriously.
“A friend in the trade told me that some dealerships don’t like to sell to customers outside their area, because they want to take care of the locals, plus they know they’ll probably never see the car again for service or anything of the sort. “
Stuart’s perseverance finally paid off after coming up empty in the eastern states of Australia.
“I think I was on my 40th call, maybe more, and I called a dealer in South Australia,” Stuart said. Drive.
“He told me he had a demo (a demo vehicle) in the showroom with 2,500 miles on it and he wanted $110,000 on it. But he didn’t want it that bad.”
“In the end, he called back the next day to say the car was sold, but he had a canceled order on the next shipment. And I signed him up on the spot.”
Stuart said that once the discussions began to get serious, he revealed that he was shopping on the interstate.
“The guy was really nice about it. I think he was sick of people abusing him. I was honest about my circumstances and he assigned me the car. But I know I just got lucky because someone else backed out of a deal.” .”
Stuart says that he thinks there were two other reasons why he got a Ford Ranger Raptor ahead of schedule.
“I wasn’t picky about color. At first I wanted black or white, but a dark gray became available. The dealer also said the car was ordered with $2000 worth of paint and upholstery protection, which I know is still It hadn’t been applied to the car because it hadn’t come in. He was obviously using the protection packages to increase profit.
“But it was still cheaper than what other guys were asking for, and it’s brand new.”
Stuart bought the car without registration and estimates that it will cost him around $1000 to transport the vehicle from South Australia to Sydney, where he will need to register the vehicle and pay stamp duty.
“It’s a lot of effort, but I have a car. And I have at least $10,000 to $15,000 ahead of me compared to what some guys are asking for them.” Facebook.”