timf
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Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Fri Jun 14, 2013 5:14 am

Hi everyone! I've been looking into the Focus Electric for the past couple of weeks and based on everything I've read the 2012 models are the way to go. I found a Ford dealer near me selling a used 2012 Focus Electric with leather and under 250 miles on it for $26,000. They say it was a former Ford test vehicle and the window sticker shows it was sold at auction, so this seems to be consistent. Does anyone have experience with these low mileage test cars? It seems like a good deal for what's essentially a new car (albeit a year old).

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Re: Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:12 am

I highly doubt it is a Ford company test vehicle: Internal Ford rules say that all test vehicles must be destroyed--too much of a liability.

It is more than likely to be a dealer demo unit.
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Re: Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:11 pm

I would get the VIN number and do some research to see if this car was track history.
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timf
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Re: Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:37 pm

I went and test drove the car today. Everything about it felt like a new car to me. The manuals and floor mats were still wrapped in plastic and it drove perfectly. Ultimately it came down to the dealership wasn't able to cut me any special deals on buying out the remainder of my current Edge lease and ultimately I'd rather wait to see what else is on the market next year. I also drove a C-Max while I was there and it just struck me as a nicer car even though it's not fully electric. I think I'll have good options when the time comes and while I would have loved to deal on this car, I could probably do better with a lease on a new one when the time comes.

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Re: Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:29 pm

In my opinion, 2012 model year FFE has two distinctive advantage over 2013: Homelink and rain sensing wiper.
There is almost no other difference between 2012 and 2013.
As long as you can get adequate level of discount on 2012 (since we are in the middle of 2013), I would rather get 2012.
But, it all depends on your circumstances and future plan.

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Re: Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:23 am

@timf
Did you ask if the car qualified for the tax credit and/or state rebate?
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timf
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Re: Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:42 pm

I did not ask. I assumed since it clearly being sold as "used" rather than a "demo" that it would not be eligible for a rebate. It might be worth checking on though since that would change the numbers considerably.

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Re: Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:17 am

If the car was bought at auction than it is not consided new and the tax credit does not apply to it.

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Re: Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:22 am

If you want to get the tax credit of 7,500 and buy a brand new Ford Electric for $ 29,495.

This way comes out better for by $ 4,000 what a great deal. I have two in stock

White Plat and Oxford white. My name is Thomas Cinelli and I am the Internet manager

at Hassett Ford. Please e-mail me back at tcinelli@hassettautomotive.com.

Thank You.

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Re: Low Mileage Ford Test Vehicles

Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:49 am

HassettFord wrote:If you want to get the tax credit of 7,500 and buy a brand new Ford Electric for $ 29,495.

This way comes out better for by $ 4,000 what a great deal. I have two in stock

White Plat and Oxford white. My name is Thomas Cinelli and I am the Internet manager

at Hassett Ford. Please e-mail me back at tcinelli@hassettautomotive.com.

Thank You.
=your in Long Island. How did you get 2 FFE priced at $29K, all the ones here in the Phoenix area have leather and are much higher. We keep asking for a basic FFE and they never have any.

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