We’ve spent a lot of time looking at a variety of small SUVs during the summer. On August 13th, 2012, I contacted a Denver dealer that I obtained via the Ford website, Jason Russell at Lakewood Fordland. I told him I was interested in the C-Max Energi. He said they were a dealer designated to sell the Energi. He thought they would receive them late in 2012, perhaps November but most likely by December. He said they would discount it off MSRP between $200 and $1000. He expected the Energi to be a high demand vehicle and they could easily sell it if we didn’t take delivery. He said my deposit would be returned if we didn’t want the C-Max Energi after we were able to see and drive it. The next day, I sent him an email telling him that we were interested, depending on the discount.
On August 21st, I still hadn’t heard from Jason. I decided to see if the Costco Auto Program listed the C-Max Energi. It did. The dealer was Larry H Miller Super Ford in Salt Lake City. Le Kinh from the dealership contacted me. My wife and I made an appointment for the following day, August 22nd. Le said he saw a presentation from a Ford rep recently. They didn’t have a C-Max hybrid to show them. He really didn’t know much about the vehicle. They told us they would discount it by about $1000 off MSRP and return the deposit, as the Denver dealer allowed, if we didn’t want to take delivery. We made an appointment to finish the paperwork on August 27th.
On the 27th, we ordered a C-Max Energi SEL with Option Package 303A and the Panoramic Roof. MSRP was $37435. Our price was $36,426. Cody, Le’s supervisor, said the dealership isn’t allowed to order a C-Max Energi for their own inventory. They can only order it for a customer. Cody said they don’t mind letting us out of the contract because they will be able to sell the C-Max Energi for more than MSRP when it arrives.
I suspect this will be one of the earliest C-Max Energi’s shipped to Utah, but because Utah is not one of the early locations to get the Energi and the dealers are not yet EV certified, I don’t expect it to be delivered until well into 2013.
Update 21 January 2013: A photo of the C-Max Energi we ordered is shown below. We decided not to buy the C-Max Energi.