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Greetings everyone from north of Buffalo, NY! As the previous owner of four Rangers I was interested when the rumors started many years ago about the return of a compact truck from Ford, but was also a bit skeptical when it was said to be CUV based and unibody. I'm somewhat refreshed to see that they did a pretty good job with the Maverick; especially on keeping the price of entry into a decently equipped model reasonably low.
Like some of you here, I'm stuck on deciding upon a color; but my salesman keeps assuring me that if I don't like what I want to order, it's not a problem, I can order another and they'll sell what I initially ordered; but who wants to wait twice? Now if convincing my wife was as easy.
I'm kind of tired of having to climb into my full-sized Ram, and miss the smaller footprint of my Rangers when it comes to parking lots, too.

Needless to say, I haven't placed my order yet, but the basics of my build are quite simple. It's starts with the XLT trim, since there is no optional wheels on the XL. As I live at the eastern end of the great lakes, AWD is also checked off. The few remaining options are also quite simple, 110V power inverter, light duty towing package; and still up for consideration are the spayed in bedliner and sunroof.

From reading some of the posts, I see we have some people which have probably got good inside information into some features, equipment, and options as they probably either work for Ford or at a dealership level. I too, do work at a dealership, so I might be able to shed some insight into some things a bit too.

I look forward to sharing your enthusiasm and experiences as the Maverick rolls out in the coming months.
 

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Welcome! I got my XLT with the luxury package as it comes with spray in and the outlets. It just made sense to pay a bit more to get those extra features along with those two essentials. I opted for Area 51 even though some may say it’s a girl color. Velocity blue is pretty cool too. I’d say, color choices are probably the most difficult part of this process lol. I agree, this should be a breeze to get in and out of. It’s nice having a large truck, but the gas mileage kills, especially if you’re not using it to its full potential most of the time.
 

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I too, do work at a dealership, so I might be able to shed some insight into some things a bit too
Maybe a little off topic but I'm wondering about the best way to handle my trade in. Right know KBB shows I've got 10k equity in my current vehicle. Can I expect that to hold up and just show the KBB to my salesman to expect that value? Should I try to get a carvana and CarMax offer in hand and use it as a negotiating tool? Or should I actually sell the thing before I even step in to make the deal?

For reference, I keep my car very clean and have some extra little chrome accessories and sill plates etc meaning it looks sharp and they could basically put a sticker on it and set it on the lot to sell with no detail or anything.
 

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Private party will likely get more. Carvana and other online car sales places are offering very high prices without needing to deal with trying to sell to someone though. KBB doesn't matter very much to dealers, they typically use NADA or other price guides, but if you get a legit quote from Carmax, etc. then they may be able to match it or close enough. Close enough being in some states your trade-in value decreases the taxable portion of your new purchase.
 

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To be honest, from what I had read years ago, KBB Blue Books shoots low, and that is what many dealer use for value and the reason why they use it. My wife worked for a leasing company years ago and said black book is more of an honest value. There was also a article a few years back that stated Edmunds as a more accurate assessment of actual value, and I went by that on several of our more recent purchases; and to my surprise, one dealer on two occasions was right on that mark.
Keep in mind too, many dealerships buy vehicles at auction. Prices there are often lower, too. The down side being that if you don't know the previous owner and its service history, you could be taking a gamble.
I've always openly disclosed any issue of my trade, and brought along any recent receipts for repairs. I suspect in some cases that might have helped as they knew there were some things that they weren't going to have to invest in prior to putting it on the lot.
 

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What is the best dealership to order the truck from in Buffalo or western New York? We tried to get an order in and just met with lots of frustration. Advice or experience?
 

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Dave Smith Ford worked good for me after Basil and DeLacy couldn't figure out preordering a few days following the announcement.
 

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Dave Smith Ford worked good for me after Basil and DeLacy couldn't figure out preordering a few days following the announcement.
Thanks. We tried West Herr Ford and they couldn’t figure it out and so I cancelled. We went in the show room to ask some questions. We placed our order there and gave them a deposit. It took three times to get the package we wanted right. They were printing it out and typing it into a new system? Five days later order still hadn’t been placed. Today I was told another week to 10 days. Lots of confusion.
 

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BTW, any of you WNYers getting 17" aluminum wheels might be interested in swapping for 18" Lariat hybrid wheels/tires?
 

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Checked with Dave Smith Ford and they're going to have dealer trainer unit in Aug 26th 10-11.
Yep. Been asking the managers regularly about it. Will try to post some pics of the Maverick that shows up for the seminar. Yes, that's where I work.
BTW. If there's any accessories you local guys are interested in, let me know. Once they have listings, I'll check into them for you. I may not be able to offer you my employee price, but I will help you out as much as I can. And if you're a veteran or first responder, don't forget to ask for a discount! Accessories don't typically have a huge markup, but I'll/we'll help you out where we can.
 
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