I would love to here more on availability and why your waiting if your willing to share.
It has been brought up that Ford has intentions to set it up so that states that mandate pzev onto vehicles such as California and wherever else will be getting the bulk of the lightning orders to include fleet. With that being the case the states that have more relaxed laws on vehicle ownership and safety mandates will receive less inventory. Not just less inventory but I was told stores with around 100-150 reservations will likely receive an allocation (how many vehicles Ford says the dealer can get) of 3 for the year....
In addition to my previous paragraph, Ford came up with the idea to have 25 spots for first wave reservations even if you did not put in your reservation early. Now I don't have a better idea and the reason that Ford did it was because not everyone who put the reservation in is actively in communication with dealerships so the plan was to get the people who are speaking to the dealers and ready to put orders in to the top of the list so that Ford could efficiently build the vehicles rather than wait for responses. If some dealers took that as "VIP" positioning then that is wrong and pretty scummy.
The pricing model released by Ford is similar to the Mach-E where invoice and msrp are the same so if a dealer didn't add mark up then there would be next to no profit. I'm not saying it should be 10s of thousands however when you look at dealers who will only get 3 in an entire year meanwhile you get raptors and gt500s at 4-5 of them a quarter that should put some things into perspective. Then you would want to put a higher adjustment on the vehicle than say a gt500. I work for a dealer and I get it I'm not trying to take a spot that would prevent my place of business from making money nor would I even expect them to sell it to me for less than they would to a regular customer. Although I was given the chance and passed.
The electric market is still very new and exciting when you really only have the rivian which is 67k plus and still not a full size truck nor do they have dealers who can assist or be there for their customers, have a solid pre built network of accessories, service centers that will be professionally trained and available for all their customers needs. Ford has an opportunity to make a slam dunk. The Tesla cyber truck is God knows how far away and suffers from the same issue rivian does with the lack of dealer network.
Ford says they predict the 511a lariat which will be over 70k to be the most built model. It's understandable when you consider that if you want a truck and the technology and everything else I've mentioned you get to have that at about the same price as a rivian. Personally I make a good living and I'm not trying to tout but even at a six figure income Ford is supposed to be the working man's vehicle and 70k is not a working man's vehicle. So I'm going to hold off for a few years let them sort it out and maybe if it all works out I'll get the mid model refresh.