Ford is offering 4500$ in customer cash on Focus STs. Some have been sitting on lots for 90 days or more. I’ve dealt with some slime this weekend to do test drives and the like but I’ll go back to my main dealership for a square offer. Looks like some bright yellow paint and bucketloads of free money were what it took to get me to consider trading the FiST. Unfortunately, the dealers all offered me waaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyy below what their trade in estimators were so I’m heading to CarMax this week to see if I can get the cash needed to make this deal make sense. If all goes well, I’ll pay a smaller monthly payment than I do now over a 4 year term instead of the 5 years for my FiST. I still have a year and a half left on it so I don’t want to pay more than I do now and still have a 4 or 5 year loan. I’d rather just pay it off at that point and go from there.

We shall see what the future holds for me....But I won’t complain about getting a FoST. And before nayone says “Look at a GTI” - the VW dealership near me charges *over* MSRP and makes you fight him to get MSRP. Oh and good luck with national rebate programs and the like. Civic Si could be a possibility if the dealers near me get any in. But there’s no money on the hood yet. Again, it’d mean a monthly payment higher than I have now and a long term loan and just......not ready to start that loan over again.