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2013 and Earlier - Ford Escape Prices Paid and Buying Experience



  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
    A reporter is looking for a recent car buyer whose car's sunroof/moonroof feature was a big factor in their purchase decision. Please send your daytime contact info to no later than Monday, November 5, 2012 at 5 p.m. Pacific.


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  • Howdy,

    We are considering a '13 Titanium, but are wondering if this is the best time to buy? Will the incentives be better in January or February? We are fortunate that we do not HAVE to buy right now, so we're trying to time it out for better incentives if they'll be coming along.

    I haven't been able to find any info on typical January/February incentives.

  • Being in the car business over 20 years let me give you my 2 cents. If the dealership near you is hurting and needs to make it's 2012 numbers, NOW is the best time. December 31st at noon would be the best time. Its slow, the last day of the year and month. Now FORD doesnt have to do much because it is the new model, etc, but if they advertise 0% interest, or those things, its not going to get better than that. Waiting until Jan/Feb may make it worse, because they dont "have to" do anything really. The next best timeframe in my mind would be June/July when the 2014's are around the corner and they need to dump the 13's.
  • Hi JohnnyVegas. thx for the insight. We are A/Z Plan with Ford, so the purchase price isn't a variable, but the incentives and trade values are.

    I appreciate your response and it will help us make a decision.

    Thanks again,
  • Paid about $12 over invoice and got 2500 in rebates on top of that. Silver exterior with full leather seats navigation and power panoramic roof. Out the door my 2013 Escape Titanium was 13% under msrp... Not sure how good that was.

    The sales guy told me he was 2 cars away from hitting his year end bonus so he was very motivated to sell the car. I got lucky there. I bought the car on December 27th so I got all the year end incentives.
  • brave fellow
    So what EXACTLY did you pay for your Escape out the door before tax ???
    Tell us the numbers.
  • MSRP $36,100
    Dealer Sale Price $33,562
    Price I paid, after rebates, before taxes = $31,062.
  • donl1donl1 Posts: 112
    My dealer ordered a Titanium AWD Escape for me on December 5th. As of Jan 25th it hadn't been built yet. I was wondering if anyone else had ordered around that date. What was the time frame between ordering and getting a vin # or confirmation of the vehicle being built?
  • Hard to believe !!
    I have seen them on dealer lots.
  • Ask your dealer. They should have a scheduled build date. (down to the day) and an expected delivery date. They can get the report from their computer system.
  • I want to purchase a 2012 used Escape for college daughter. V-6. I really don't like the new 2013 body style all mfgs. of this size SUV are changing to. Seems prices are 3-5K less in DFW than in my near Nashville TN location so I'd travel to buy near my Dad in TX.

    Would it be best to wait until June/July since 2014's would be around the corner and then it would be a 2 year old used vehicle instead of 1. Also looking for less than 10K miles.

    Any good strategies? Ford Certified? Carfax? We bought her a used 2001 when she was in high school so we like the car and have owned an Explorer and two Expeditions . . . but her 2001 has way too many miles for traveling back and forth from college to home @ 250 or so miles one way.

    Thanks in advance . . . .oh and of course she wants Blue Steel which makes my search a little more focused and narrowed.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,041
    You have some pretty defined criteria.
    2012, V6, Steel Blue, under 10k miles.
    If you can find one near DFW, I would go for that.
    By the time the 2014's are out, chances of finding one under 10k will really narrow your options.
    The used car market can change in a hurry, too.
    We have an '04, '09 and '13.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • Thanks for the reply. I lost this board location and just re-found it today. So sorry for my delay in thanking you for the reply.

    Yes, but I'm thinking IF I'm finding them now for sale with less than 10K miles, these might be ones that were actually purchased in fall of 2011 and so ones that come on the market in June/July might be ones that were purchased towards the end of the model year.

    While this is what daughter wants, I'm thinking today, in how I won't buy a car the first year it is out . . . I'm wondering IF it is wise to buy a car the last year it is out . . . while it isn't really the last year, the body style has undergone a major change, and one I don't like. So for long term, is it a good idea to buy the OLD version . . . although I think IF we do buy this for her, she will continue to drive it for the remaining 3 years of college and maybe an extra year or two if she pursues an advanced degree and maybe even a few more years as she begins her career. We drive our cars a long time in our family.

    I'm not even sure what else we might look at as all mid sized SUV's seem to be or have changed their bodystyles to this crossover look.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,041
    edited March 2013
    I just happened to see your reply.
    There are no guarantees when it comes to any vehicle, although you might have a warranty and on a newer vehicle you can buy an extended warranty.
    You still have to pay for maintenance, which can cost some money.
    Based on 2013, we have vehicles that are 22, 11, 9, 4 and a couple newer ones.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • armaturarmatur Posts: 1
    Hi everyone, new to this forum and ready to buy a Ford Escape SE FWD tomorrow hopefully. I've never negotiated for a car before and so I just want to make sure I'm not getting screwed over. I've done a lot of research and looked around and I don't think I am but you never know!

    Anyway the car I'm buying is as follows:

    Ford Escape SE
    1.6 EcoBoost engine
    Roof Rails/Cross bars
    SYNC® with MyFord Touch® (dual USB ports, RCA inputs and SD card reader)
    Dual zone electronic, auto temp control
    Power liftgate
    White platinum tri-coat paint
    18" polish alum wheels
    Asked them to throw in all weather floor mats

    The MSRP is $28,820

    The sale price of the car on the lot was $24,995 including discounts and they took another $300 off bringing it down to $24,667. State and local taxes are $1499 and doc fee is $299. I think they said I could get another $1,000 off with Ford Mortor Credit financing but I'm paying cash so hopefully that won't affect this quote. I may trade in my car if they give me enough but not sure...Just want to know what you think of the car with these options. Is this an ok deal or should I try to negotiate more? Thank you in advance!
  • we were turned down from Nissan on a lease. Is Ford more lenient than Nissan? or would we be wasting our time pursuing an Escape lease (we're in Southern Cal)
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,041
    How about if you take the 1k and finance with Ford, then just pay it off?
    Maybe a $150 interest in a month?
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • karhill1karhill1 Posts: 152
    Seems many people continue to believe car dealers will offer a better deal if one pays cash. The opposite is usually true. All sales are cash to a dealer, cash from the buyer or from the finance company.

    In reality dealers see finance as an option to increase back end profit, profit in the F&I office. Finance usually provides the dealer with a reserve, which is part of the finance charges paid. In addition, dealers see people who finance as more likely to purchase products in the F&I office which provides even more profit.

    Even if a person wants to pay cash, it is often better to let the dealer think the deal will be financed. If the dealer thinks it can make profit in the F&I office, the dealer might be willing to sell at a lower price. Once the price is agreed upon the dealer cannot legally change that price if the buyer decides not to finance.

    In any case, there are no pre-payment penalties in most auto loans so the cash buyer can finance and then pay off the loan immediately. Interest, at 4 percent, on a $30,000 loan would only be about $3 a day.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,042
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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 12,041
    Either way the purchase is financed, through Ford or some other lender.
    The difference is if you can get a lower rate using a lender other than Ford, you can take the 1K Ford cash, then refinance at a lower rate from the other lender after that.
    That will save you some money.
    2017 Ford Fusion SE 2014 Ford F-150 FX4
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
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  • ken117ken117 Posts: 249
    Of course. Recently bought my daughter a new Escape. Took the Ford incentive and let the dealer finance through a bank. Dealer got a rate lower than I was quoted by the same bank. Dealers often have access to lower rates which they can offer to select buyers. Guess up I was a select buyer.
  • krayg1krayg1 Posts: 1
    panoramic roof
    Cross bars
    19" wheels

    $31K before the additiona tax, tag, and junk in Atlanta
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