This past June, Ford decided to increase vehicle incentives for out-of-stock models via its Retail Order Bonus Cash Certificate. This certificate was good for $1,000 off most new vehicle orders. It was put into place to encourage buyers to reserve or custom order a new vehicle due to the semiconductor chip shortage, which has hindered inventory and production since the beginning of COVID-19. However, Ford’s latest offer is a complete 180 based on its previous incentives.
CarsDirect reported that the new Ford incentive offers a $2,000 discount to customers who buy an in-stock vehicle instead of ordering one. It is currently available through November 1 st. The “21MY In-Stock Customer Satisfaction Private Offer” is valid for customers with a verified unscheduled “21MY retail order.” However, a few models are exempt from the offer, such as the Ford Bronco, Ford Maverick, Ford F-150 Lightning, Ford F-150 Tremor, and Ford E-Transit.
This private offer will not be publicized and appears limited to people who have an unscheduled, current order in Ford’s system. Any deal is welcome in an environment where automakers are cutting incentives while the chip shortage continues. Ford is aiming to move toward a more built-to-order model. However, Ford’s order banks currently contain over 70,000 vehicles. Therefore, this plan is not expected to take over anytime soon.
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