Did you turn down an opportunity to convert your reservation to an order earlier this year
No, this was the first time anyone's contacted me about this reservation.
Just to be clear, AFAIK, no dealer has received a 2023 allocation number.
They may have 51 reservation holders, but I'd be surprised to have them all be invited to order in 2023.
Interesting. I'd be surprised if there were only 51 reservation holders. We're in an interesting market here where everyone's a truck driver AND there's a very high EV adoption rate. Not a huge city here, but not tiny either (360k give or take). I'd guess there's several hundred reservations at least, but I could be wrong. But to be clear, he did tell me that they were getting 51.
, are you just in the market for a Lightning or considering something else as well?
What Lightning spec are you after?
I have a Cybertruck reservation as well, and that would be my preference because I'm already familiar with the Tesla ecosystem. As far as spec, I haven't looked too much into it. I'm sorry to the Ford fans out there, but their site sucks @$$. They list all these features with weird names and then no description of what they are, so I got mad and rage quit lol. I like the fold flat seats though, and that appears to be only available in the Platinum. That's a lot of coin though.
Dealer told you that you can only rent (lease) the new F150 Lightning? I smell deception.
That seems to be a common theme among the responses so far. I don't like the lease-only thing either, or the reason given for it. "We don't want customers flipping the car". How is that any of their business what I do with my property? But, whatever... it wasn't my intention to flip it anyway and while I've never leased anything, I've always understood it doesn't really make a lot of difference.
But it does force me to finance, which I wasn't going to do. So that's an extra 4.5% per year.
I'm probably going to pass. The lease thing seems fishy, the Cybertruck has got to be available at SOME point (I finally got the FSD I paid for 3 years ago), I don't really need a truck anyway and the financial market + inflation = not a great time to be foolishly spending money.
I appreciate the responses.