One month ago on Christmas Eve 2012, the C-Max (Hybrid and Energi combined) was in the top ten hardest cars to find according to Forbes. On that day, I used the Edmunds.com site to search for C-Max Energi vehicles within 500 miles of the nineteen markets that were the first to receive plug-in electric cars from Ford, including the plug-in version of the C-Max, the C-Max Energi. With that search on Christmas Eve I couldn’t find even one C-Max Energi even though thousands of C-Max Hybrids were available on the same day.
As a follow-up, I searched the same nineteen markets for the C-Max Energi today. Within 500 miles there were 434 vehicles (many of these may be the same vehicle listed more than once because of the large 500-mile radius). There were 84 within 50 miles of the nineteen markets. A search of my zip code in Utah even found three.
Although the C-Max Energi inventory is growing, a prospective buyer does not have a bargaining advantage today. Many dealers will insist on a premium still. Just go to another dealer. If you’re going to order a C-Max Energi, it is easy to find dealers that will sell at invoice. I recently found two dealers willing to sell a customer order C-Max Energi for $500 less than invoice.
Please let others on C-MaxChat know about Ford C-Max Energi dealers that you’d recommend. I’m also interested in your shopping experiences. I’m sure C-MaxChat users are too. For advice on car shopping, read my blog, “Research, Price & Find: Ford C-Max Hybrid and Energi.”