Originally Posted by cherox
So can someone explain this allocation ordering? I intend on ordering a new JK on September 8th when Copper Brown Pearl coat becomes available. Do I have to get to the dealer asap on that day? Is it first come, first served? I'm just curious what happens if I miss the allocation what would happen.
I'll give it a try from what I've gleaned so far... others may feel free to correct me.
The way I understand it, each month the dealers are given a specific number of allotments for vehicles. They can either use them for specific customer orders or for dealer stock vehicles to sell off their lot. I have no idea how many total they get, but I bet there's a formula based on their market and sales history. I don't know how likely this is, but if you go in to place an order and the dealer has already used up their allocation for the month, you'll have to wait for the next months allocation. So sorta first come first serve. However, I suppose a dealer could use up his full allocation right away for dealer stock on the first day his new allocation is released and not take any individual orders.
I would recommend trying to make a deal up front before the allocation release of the month you wish to order.
My personal situation is that I tried to order a Sunset Orange JK in early July only to find out it wasn't available yet. Turned out to be a good thing because I started researching and found Jeep Garage and armed myself with Pat and Milous' knowledge. I also found out I couldn't order Sunset Orange until Sept 8th. So I spent August haggling with dealers and getting my deal set up. Right away I found out most dealers are clueless about their own processes and wouldn't quote on a vehicle that wasn't available on their computer. Look for a dealer more remote used to dealing with farmers... Farmers special order vehicles (cause they know what they want/need and don't want to pay for a lot of other crap) and those dealers are used to hard minded frugal farmers. Anyway, I picked my dealer on a combination of price, responsiveness and his knowledge of the system. It's worth paying a fair price to work with a dealer that makes the process smoother. So my dealer made the deal and took my deposit three weeks before it can actually be ordered. Now I'm doing my best not to go crazy waiting for Sept 8th.
So in short, I'd say get moving now on your deal/order so it can drop in on Sept 8. Maybe our Jeeps will be line buddies!
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