Buying a car - anyone familiar with the Ford X-Plan?

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  1. DaveF

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    Is anyone familiar with the Ford "X-Plan", the Ford pricing plan for employees of Ford and their corporate partners? I was checking on this for a Mazda6, and it looks like the X-Plan (or S-Plan for a Mazda) is straight invoice cost.

    Can someone confirm or deny that the X-Plan provides straight invoice pricing on new cars?

    Thanks much [​IMG]
     
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    Nope - it is invoice plus 4%. The cost is printed on the dealer's invoice and they are supposed to give you a copy of it. You need to get a customer number from your company or via their preferred website. It is good for a year, IIRC.

    X-Plan has been extended to some other makes besides Ford - i.e. Mazda, Volvo, etc., and there are special deals on Jaguar and I believe LandRover also.

    Pretty common these days for a larger company to offer X-Plan - I think it's because it is a part of the incentive packages that Ford gives companies that use them for fleet purchases.

    Best of luck! I just bought an F-150 using X-Plan...
     
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    Thanks Mike. If it's invoice + 4%, that suggests that the invoice listings at Edmunds.com are too high. The S-plan pricing for the Mazda6 at fordpartner.com has the same prices that Edmunds lists as invoice cost. But perhaps the S-Plan price listings neglects to mention the 4% charge.

    Regardless, that's an easy way to get good, no-haggle pricing. I only wish there was an equivalent program with VW or Nissan.
     
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    i'm eligable for both the Ford program which is correctly listed at 4% above invoice, and the DaimlerChrysler program which is 1% below invoice.
     
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    Craig - that DC program seems surprisingly good to me. I'm also eligible for a GM plan, but I've not investigated that, since GM cars don't interest me.
     
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    I just bought a Mazda6s under the S-plan, and it was about $45 UNDER invoice. All options are straight invoice, and the base car is just a tad under. You can print out the S-plan prices from the Ford website (fordpartner.com). If fact, the dealer was offering me invoice + 1.5% before I even brought up the S-plan.

    Andy
     
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    No, my company doesn't participate in any plan with Nissan, only Ford and GM.

     
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    The Daimler Chrysler plan (or Green Slip) is actually the invoice price, minus dealer holdback and advertising fees. Dealer holdback is 3% for DC (check Edmunds, each maker is different, some have no holdback), and the ad fees range from 1-2%. In my experience (3 vehicles bought on green slip), 5% under invoice has been the norm.

    I have purchased 2 vehicles on the GM plan as well, but do not remember the particulars. I believe they have 2 different programs, Option 1 and Option 2.

    I am also eligible for Ford, but haven't looked into their program.
     
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