Why You Should Plan Ahead When Buying an EV – Options if You Need a Car Right Away
Rivian made me do it! After placing my order on Nov 29th, 2018 and many promises later, the delivery was delayed till spring next year. I had just closed on a new house in Florida and needed to move in, so I bought an ICE car instead. This is the problem with the new car purchase model we are moving to across the board - even old ICE companies are in the order and wait mode today. It could be 6+ months for an ordered car to be delivered, which means some folks will be forced to move on to something else out of necessity.
At the beginning of 2020, one family sold all their vehicles and got a 2019 Ford Expedition with a $6K off deal from Ford. They were planning to add a second car mid year 2020 as an EV, but due to work from home and fewer miles driven than normal, they decided to postpone until spring or summer of 2022. Checking inventories from time to time and making plans for next year, they would love to have an EV but who knows what the coming months will unfold when it comes to production numbers.
It's not easy finding an EV that fits your needs and budget while still being available soon enough. Many people are looking at EVs these days, yet manufacturers can't keep up with demand. If you're considering buying an EV, plan ahead and make sure you understand the estimated delivery date before committing to a purchase. Don't forget that there are other options like renting or leasing if you need a vehicle right away.
The good news is that the EV market is growing and more models are becoming available. The bad news is that it's still a challenge to find one with an acceptable delivery date. I'm sure Rivian will eventually deliver on their promise, but in the meantime, there are other options out there for those who need a car now. So if you're looking for an EV, don't forget to consider all your options before making a decision!
I placed my order on Nov 29th, 2018, so fairly early. After many promises as we all know, we are delayed till spring next year. What can I do?
You may need to buy an ICE car in the meantime if you need a vehicle to get around. Consider renting a truck to move your stuff if you don't need a vehicle for daily use.
Is it normal for automotive purchases to take 6+ months for delivery today?
Yes, it is becoming more common for automotive purchases to take 6+ months or even longer (some Tesla models) for delivery. It is important to plan ahead when making an automotive purchase.
What should I consider when buying a new car?
When buying a new car, consider the model release cycle and how long it will take for your car to be delivered. Make sure you have a reliable vehicle while waiting for your new car to arrive. If possible, test drive the car before committing to purchase. Research different manufacturers and check their inventories regularly. Consider the cost of maintenance and insurance.
What are the benefits of buying a Rivian?
Rivian offers a unique combination of performance, luxury, and sustainability. The vehicles have advanced technology features such as over-the-air updates, adaptive cruise control, and an intuitive user interface. Rivian also has a strong commitment to sustainability with its zero emissions powertrain and renewable energy sources. Additionally, Rivian provides excellent customer service and support.