Is An Engine Block Heater Available for The C-Max?

2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid

An engine block heater is available for the 2013 Ford C-Max Hybrid for fleet orders.

Answer: Maybe.  It’s listed as an option on page 176 of the manual.  MotorTrend lists an engine block heater as a $35 option for any C-Max Hybrid or Energi but for fleet sales only.  It’s not listed as an option at the Ford.com site by selecting options.  A quick check of the internet shows that various dealers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and New York are selling C-Max Hybrids with the engine block heater installed.  The topic was discussed on a C-Max forum where the poster said it had to be installed by the dealer.  According to this forum user, the cost was $80 for the parts but $500 for installation.  Clearly, it is far easier to install an engine block heater when the C-Max is built.

 

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Canadian Incentives for the Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Energi

2013 Ford C-Max Energi qualifies for substantial incentives in Ontario, Quebec and BC.

In the US there is the Federal Tax Credit of $3751 for the C-Max Energi and various state tax credits for California, New York, and many other states.  [The IRS has now stated that the tax credit is $4,007.  It was previously listed at $3751 and stated by Ford as $3750.]  Our Canadian neighbors have various incentives to buy or lease a C-Max Energi too.  Unlike in the U.S., the incentive is not a tax credit but a reduction in the cost of the vehicle.

Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation lists large incentives for new and demo (less than 2000 km) Ford C-Max Energi vehicles.  The incentives are $5,808 for purchase, $1,936 for a one-year lease, $3,872 for a two-year lease, and $5,808 for a three-year or longer lease.  New C-Max Energi’s purchased outside of Ontario and imported into the province by the original buyer or lessee are eligible for the incentive.  The C-Max Hybrid does not qualify for the incentive (see item 13).  The application form for the incentive, downloaded from the ministry of transportation, is available for the first 10,000 applicants who qualify.

Quebec has a similar program to Ontario. Some details are in “Running on Green Power!”  According to Wikipedia, the maximum incentive is reduced annually through 2015 and given to new vehicle owners until the incentive funds of $50 million Canadian dollars have been paid to qualifying owners.  The C-Max Hybrid appears to be eligible for a $1,000 Canadian dollar incentive too.

British Columbia has a program but it ends on March 31st, 2013 or until available funds are depleted (whichever comes first).    The BC program, Clean Energy Vehicles for British Columbia or CEV for BC, is at the point of sale with your Ford dealership.  The incentive is $2,500 for a purchase or 36-month or longer lease, $1,668 for a 24-month lease, and $833 for a 12-month lease.

This blog was updated on September 27, 2013.

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Research, Price & Find: Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi

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Research

Use this C-MaxChat blog to get reviews for the Hybrid and Energi.

The C-Max PDF marketing brochure is at this Ford page.

The C-Max specifications are at this Ford page.  An alternative presentation of the Ford C-Max specifications are listed at CleanMPG.com.

Use this Ford page to compare with the Prius.

Use this Edmunds’ page to compare with the Prius Plug-in and V.

Use this Ford form to get special offers and brochures on the C-Max.

Ford YouTube animation describing how the C-Max Energi works.

Ford YouTube video discussing the differences between the C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and C-Max Hybrid.

Use this U.S. Government website to compare fuel economy.

Price

Build and price a C-Max at this Ford page.

The Ford incentives for purchases and leases are at this Ford Page.

I recommend that you use the Costco Auto Program, if you’re a Costco member. For others, I recommend that you contact dealers via the internet until you find one that will sell at or near invoice pricing.  If in person, tell the salesperson “No” a few times and then haggle on the price.  If financing, you might want to get loan approval in advance.  Do not negotiate the monthly payment.  Negotiate the selling price.  As of January 2013, there are many dealers that will sell the C-Max Hybrid at or below invoice from inventory.  It will be difficult to get the C-Max Energi less than $1000 off MSRP, but some buyers have succeeded.  The supply of the Energi is growing rapidly now.  As of January 2013, it is easy to find dealers that will price the Energi or Hybrid at invoice without extra fees for customer orders.

Ford employees, family and friends of employees, and employees of dealers should use the AXZ-Plans for Pricing.

Find

The Ford site for finding dealer inventory is at this Page.

The Edmunds.com site for finding dealer inventory is at this Page.

Extended Service Plan

After agreeing to a price, the sales rep will send you to a finance person.  The finance person will try to sell you a warranty.  Some people are buying the 7-year bumper-to-bumper warranty because it is a new model.  I recommend that you do not buy an Extended Warranty or Service plan from the dealer.  Perhaps if you tell the finance person “No, it’s too expensive,” she will negotiate on the Extended Warranty price.  Ask her to show you their price and agree to a fixed amount over that, perhaps $100-200 dollars.  You can buy a Ford extended warranty from Ford at this page or from Ford Dealers.  Here’s a dealer that will sell Ford plans online at a very low price.

Government Tax Credits, HOV Lane Access, Free Parking Incentives

Federal and State Tax credits are described at this C-MaxChat.com blog.

Although credits for the Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt may differ from the Ford C-Max Energi, sites for the Leaf and Volt are useful to research tax credits, HOV lane access, and parking incentives that are applicable to the C-Max Hybrid and Energi.

There are state electric vehicle Incentives for the C-Max Energi on this page.  This list is old (May 2011) and you will need to follow-up with your state to make sure you know the current status of incentives in your area.  The Utah Clean Vehicle permit “C Decal” is ordered from UDOT.

World-wide government Incentives for plug-in vehicles that apply to the C-Max Energi are listed on a Wikipedia page.

Other

I highly recommend the Edmunds iOS app for iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.

This blog was first published on November 24th, 2012.  Revisions were published January 6th, 10th and 27th 2013.

 

 

 

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