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Does a "Priority Order" for a Hyundai vehicle actually mean anything in the States? My increasing impression is that it is just a list for each dealer to check against their assigned allocation each month. It doesn't seem that the factory pays any attention when deciding what to build and where to ship. The dealers don't seem to have any visibility into the order queue.

In Canada the dealer can tell a customer where they are in the queue. The factory sends buyers an e-mail saying "Hi there. We're building your car in the next few weeks and here is the VIN. You should receive your car around this date."

If this is correct, then the implication for buyers in the States is that a "Priority Order" should be placed with a dealer with a high sales volume, since that dealer will get a larger allocation and improve the chances of lucking into the desired vehicle. It also implies that there is no benefit to wait patiently with a smaller dealer and no penalty to shift an order to a larger dealer unless that dealer has somebody ahead of you waiting for the exact same car.

Any experience-based information would be greatly appreciated.

Also, does anybody have any sense of what's happening with the Tucson Plug-in model mix? The HyundaiUSA web site shows 117 Plug-ins within a 250 mile radius of Annapolis (including vehicles in transit). Of those 117 cars, only 9 are Limiteds, only 11 are white, and zero are white Limiteds.
 

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Our experience buying a Tucson HEV in the US is that the proactive dealers can look at the vehicles that are in transit on ships and can get them allocated to them if they can get a deposit and commitment from a customer and the vehicles aren't already promised to other customers. At least that's what we did. The higher volume dealers may have an upper hand in this as they probably would get more vehicles allocated to them anyway. Not sure what the real story is, though, or what actually placing an order prior to manufacture would get you.
 

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Our experience buying a Tucson HEV in the US is that the proactive dealers can look at the vehicles that are in transit on ships and can get them allocated to them if they can get a deposit and commitment from a customer and the vehicles aren't already promised to other customers. At least that's what we did. The higher volume dealers may have an upper hand in this as they probably would get more vehicles allocated to them anyway. Not sure what the real story is, though, or what actually placing an order prior to manufacture would get you.
I placed an "order" and deposit for a Plug-in Limited with a (smaller) dealer at the beginning of October, but I'm starting to think that it's all performative. A further possible complication is that I'm buying from out-of-state, so I don't represent any service revenue stream.
 

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Does a "Priority Order" for a Hyundai vehicle actually mean anything in the States? My increasing impression is that it is just a list for each dealer to check against their assigned allocation each month. It doesn't seem that the factory pays any attention when deciding what to build and where to ship. The dealers don't seem to have any visibility into the order queue.

In Canada the dealer can tell a customer where they are in the queue. The factory sends buyers an e-mail saying "Hi there. We're building your car in the next few weeks and here is the VIN. You should receive your car around this date."

If this is correct, then the implication for buyers in the States is that a "Priority Order" should be placed with a dealer with a high sales volume, since that dealer will get a larger allocation and improve the chances of lucking into the desired vehicle. It also implies that there is no benefit to wait patiently with a smaller dealer and no penalty to shift an order to a larger dealer unless that dealer has somebody ahead of you waiting for the exact same car.

Any experience-based information would be greatly appreciated.

Also, does anybody have any sense of what's happening with the Tucson Plug-in model mix? The HyundaiUSA web site shows 117 Plug-ins within a 250 mile radius of Annapolis (including vehicles in transit). Of those 117 cars, only 9 are Limiteds, only 11 are white, and zero are white Limiteds.
Takes a lot of work and a lot of luck! I started shopping mid October for a PHEV Limited in silver with gray interior. I live in CT where dealers charge a $700 “doc fee”. In nearby NY, the state mandated max is $175. I also didn’t want to pay a market adjustment. Lots of phone calls later, I selected 2 dealers who would take a refundable deposit on a future allocation. No one knew yet what they had in their pipeline. One dealer came thru and delivered the car mid November. Just keep calling!!!
 

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Takes a lot of work and a lot of luck! I started shopping mid October for a PHEV Limited in silver with gray interior. I live in CT where dealers charge a $700 “doc fee”. In nearby NY, the state mandated max is $175. I also didn’t want to pay a market adjustment. Lots of phone calls later, I selected 2 dealers who would take a refundable deposit on a future allocation. No one knew yet what they had in their pipeline. One dealer came thru and delivered the car mid November. Just keep calling!!!
What is the "etiquette" of putting down a deposit with two dealers? Do you tell the dealers what you are doing? Do the dealers consider this to be "unfair" in any way?
 
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