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Just a few days to go until ordering my Cherokee and I must exist I'm excited and nervous with anticipation over working a decent deal.

I've got a question or two based on a issue that will likely seem silly to most but I'll ask it anyway. Is the dealership required to drive a new vehicle when they come off the truck to do some sort of inspection? Or for that matter is there something they must do to them in the service department after getting them off of the truck? I ask because I want a true virgin vehicle. I know that mine will likely be the first or one of the first that any the dealers in my part of the country have seen which might lead to some " heavy petting" so to speak. I'd like to cut that off if possible.
You'll have to share all the details when you're done.

The dealer does a new vehicle prep which would include things like adding some fluids, removing shipping parts, installing minor pieces, etc. it varies by brand and vehicle. Most have a couple miles on them like 2-7. They most likely will get dealer stock as well so will have at least one set aside as a demo. They won't (shouldn't) joy ride an ordered vehicle.
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Old 06-01-2013, 03:06 PM
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You'll have to share all the details when you're done.

The dealer does a new vehicle prep which would include things like adding some fluids, removing shipping parts, installing minor pieces, etc. it varies by brand and vehicle. Most have a couple miles on them like 2-7. They most likely will get dealer stock as well so will have at least one set aside as a demo. They won't (shouldn't) joy ride an ordered vehicle.
I'll be updating all throughout the process including first few thousand miles most likely.

Thanks for the input btw
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Re: Ordering my TRAILHAWK

Q-Tech;

As the other member said expect say 2-5 miles or so. There will be a few on it. No way to avoid that. However, be very firm with the dealer who orders for you that you will not accept them taking joy rides. Just tell them right up front the vehicle is not to be driven by anyone other than for the bare minimum( i.e. get off transport, take in and out of shop to prep, etc... ). I have done this when ordering. Let them know you will walk if they drive it on you. I am in fuull agreement with you that it should not be driven.

Now, I just have a question for you. Not being a jerk or starting anything. I am seriously just asking out of curiosity. Are you really going to order one of these site unseen with no test drive or 1st hand inspection? A 1st year model release as well which is always a risky venture? Just seems risky to me. Don't you think the more prudent thing to do is to at least wait to see one/test drive one 1st and make sure you like it?
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Q-Tech;

As the other member said expect say 2-5 miles or so. There will be a few on it. No way to avoid that. However, be very firm with the dealer who orders for you that you will not accept them taking joy rides. Just tell them right up front the vehicle is not to be driven by anyone other than for the bare minimum( i.e. get off transport, take in and out of shop to prep, etc... ). I have done this when ordering. Let them know you will walk if they drive it on you. I am in fuull agreement with you that it should not be driven.

Now, I just have a question for you. Not being a jerk or starting anything. I am seriously just asking out of curiosity. Are you really going to order one of these site unseen with no test drive or 1st hand inspection? A 1st year model release as well which is always a risky venture? Just seems risky to me. Don't you think the more prudent thing to do is to at least wait to see one/test drive one 1st and make sure you like it?
There's a risk there for sure. Rest assured though I've put a great deal of thought into it including driving nearly every offering in the segment. I know what I want out of a vehicle and I feel that this one checks the box is particularly the ones that I hope to counter from my current vehicle ( things I dislike about it). Besides worst case scenario is losing my deposit
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There's a risk there for sure. Rest assured though I've put a great deal of thought into it including driving nearly every offering in the segment. I know what I want out of a vehicle and I feel that this one checks the box is particularly the ones that I hope to counter from my current vehicle ( things I dislike about it). Besides worst case scenario is losing my deposit
I don't want to push this with you as I seriously am not trying to start anything. I do believe you have put a lot of thought into this but I don't see how you can be so sold on a vehicle no one has ever even seen let alone you. I would think to really be sure it would take actually seeing one and driving it as yoou did the other vehicles. I hope you are happy with it if you reallly do order one as soon as it is possible to do so.

Just make sure it is only a small deposit loss if you change your mind. I have ordered vehicles before where I had to sign a contract and to walk away was a very hefty fee that was far more than the deposit. Dealers seem to put more on you for walking on base models or top end models that are harder to sell. Middle of the road vehicles with popular options that sell easy they tend to go easier on you. You want a pretty well optioned Trailhawk so they may put a clause for some serious money on you if you walk.

Again, I wish you luck with it.
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When we ordered our 14 grand cherokee we didn't even know pricing, or how they drove with the new transmission, so we put a $500 deposit that was refundable. Since it is a brand new vehicle you should be able to work out something like that.
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When we ordered our 14 grand cherokee we didn't even know pricing, or how they drove with the new transmission, so we put a $500 deposit that was refundable. Since it is a brand new vehicle you should be able to work out something like that.
Yep. This is the case.
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Re: Ordering my TRAILHAWK

I can only relate my experience working at a dealer and also special ordering cars for myself. It isn't always as simple as a small deposit you can get back or have that be all you lose. If it is you have little to worry about.

The last vehicle I special ordered was a new Chevy Silverado in 2007. I had to put down $1000 and if I didn't take it not only did I lose the deposit but I was going to be hit with more fees. I can't remember the exact total but it was pretty hefty though. When I worked at the Ford dealer they required a big deposit on special orders and you only got back a small part of it, or even none of it, if you didn't take the vehicle.

It will vary from dealer to dealer but just be sure of the terms of walking
away from a special order vehicle so you don't get burned. Sounds like you are determined to order and take delievry of a new Cherokee sight unseen though so I guess this is moot anyway.

As others have said let us know what you order and such.
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Also kinda expecting to swap the OEM wheels from my 2012 wrangler unlimited.
I will bet that there is no way will they fit.
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Now, I just have a question for you. Not being a jerk or starting anything. I am seriously just asking out of curiosity. Are you really going to order one of these site unseen with no test drive or 1st hand inspection? A 1st year model release as well which is always a risky venture? Just seems risky to me. Don't you think the more prudent thing to do is to at least wait to see one/test drive one 1st and make sure you like it?
I ordered my first PT Cruiser without seeing or driving one. But the waiting list for them was so long that the dealer did not care if a canceled or not.
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I will bet that there is no way will they fit.
Could be. but the service writer in the service department at the local dealership did some cross checking and said "I'm 99 percent sure they will fit". however, I have since I became less interested in making this swap.
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