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Hello,

 

I am not an experienced car buyer and am expecting delivery of my custom-ordered Ford Bronco Sport Badlands 2022 this February. There have been reports about missing parts, such as the engine cover, hood insulator, and left and right air deflectors under the car.

 

1) Should the car undergo a full inspection before I make the full payment?

2) What should I look for (I am no mechanic!)?

3) If they tell me Ford has changed what's on the model, is it reasonable to ask for official explanatory documentation from Ford?

4) Ford announced 2022 Trim changes... will this affect the options of a 2022 car ordered in October 2021.

 

I am concerned that once I make full payment and drive the car off the lot, my dealer will have little incentive to get the missing parts or follow up on my inquiries.

Many thanks for any helpful tips you can give!

 

Drive safely!

 

 

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20 minutes ago, Herrie said:

Hello,

 

I am not an experienced car buyer and am expecting delivery of my custom-ordered Ford Bronco Sport Badlands 2022 this February. There have been reports about missing parts, such as the engine cover, hood insulator, and left and right air deflectors under the car.

 

1) Should the car undergo a full inspection before I make the full payment?

2) What should I look for (I am no mechanic!)?

3) If they tell me Ford has changed what's on the model, is it reasonable to ask for official explanatory documentation from Ford?

4) Ford announced 2022 Trim changes... will this affect the options of a 2022 car ordered in October 2021.

 

I am concerned that once I make full payment and drive the car off the lot, my dealer will have little incentive to get the missing parts or follow up on my inquiries.

Many thanks for any helpful tips you can give!

 

Drive safely!

 

 


Ford has no financial incentive to fix anything no matter how you pay - even if you finance it they get their money up front.  So that doesn’t matter.

 

Anything that’s missing or incorrect part will be fixed by Ford, no question but they’ll probably have to order parts so it won’t be fixed right away anyway.  But if you note them at delivery time that should speed up the repairs.  So good to note at delivery but not required.

 

What you absolutely need to note is any type of damage so check every square inch of the paint and interior for any type of damage.  Once you drive away it can be hard to prove the damage was there when you bought it.

 

As long as you have damages noted in writing you’re probably safe.

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On the trim level you’ll absolutely get the options in place when you ordered.  Changes only affect unscheduled orders.

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Thank you, akirby!

 

That is helpful very information. Never thought about damage issues that could later be blamed on me.

 

I ordered through a dealer and thought they would like to get their money. But perhaps that's not giving me the leverage I expected.

 

Have a great day!

 

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You’re correct that you have more leverage with the dealer before you take delivery so that would help with cosmetic issues that the dealer can fix quickly but the dealer can’t control getting parts from Ford.  Any shipping damage or missing parts are covered by the Ford warranty.

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Something you may not realize but the dealer actually makes more money when you finance because they usually get a kickback from the finance company.  They don’t actually like it when you pay cash,

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