Orange County Lotus (Eurocar) here since December of 2022. After seeing chat about reservation numbers, I emailed the sales manager (for my number in line) there, last week but have not received a response. Thus, at this time, I have no idea where I stand. (V6 manual). When I placed my reservation, I was told that the dealership was hoping to have a demo car at around this time, but the certification delay may have pushed that time frame out.I live in San Clemente (work in Newport Beach) and placed a deposit at Eurocar July 15, 2022. Being so late to the party I fully expected a long wait. So I was surprised to learn during the test drive/reception event (November 2nd) held at the dealer that I was among the first half of deposits (I believe they were approaching 100 deposits at that point). They mentioned the YouTube first drive coverage had really increased interest in the car during the late summer so I guess I got in just ahead of that wave of depositors. I checked in three weeks ago and understand I am 19th on the list after the initial allocation of 12 FE cars were ordered. I'm guessing given the delays they may have had some dropouts which may have moved me up a bit. Not sure if they will receive enough FE 2.0 allocations to be included in the next round but I'm cool either way. I've not discussed pricing with them in the absence of an allocation so I have nothing to add regarding ADM. Happy to pay MSRP (even at the $105k mark). Also willing to source PPF through them if that helps them pad their profits.
Do you know where you are on the i4 wait list?i4 deposit at Galpin July 2022. Was told no ADM as well. They said 95% of the orders were V6 manual. When the test drive came to town, I didn't get a notice because I was pretty far down the list. When I called, they were super cool about fitting me in. My personal guess is late '24 / early '25 but that's probably has more to do with the i4 than Galpin or SoCal.
I had my deposit with Galpin since Oct of 21. Took my deposit away and placed it with Naples in FL. Galpin wanted 20K DMU/ADM on top of MSRP (which I thought was ironic when they said that only FE's get the "lower price") Talked to the sales, and they told me base editions will not have any ADM. However, base editions will not be ordered until all the FE/FE 2.0's are out of the way. So waiting in line for a base edition is the same as waiting in line for an i4: There is no wait list, just they'll build it based upon your deposit with lotus themselves accordingly.
Then I thought about it: Lotus of Galpin is likely holding on to over 100 deposits of 5K. That's a minimum of 500,000.00 They put that money in a bank earning themselves a sweet 4.0%+ APY and that's a free 20K for every year that Lotus doesn't deliver. (or an extra 1.7k monthly). They're the winners here. Imagine if they had 200-300 deposits... Sitting on top of that mountain of cash accumulating interests FOR THEM not us.... Hoping that Lotus will just push it back one more year... And then slapping a ADM on top of that... Just a thought...
for the FE's and the FE 2.0's. I remember talking with Vincent or Ivan (can't remember now) asking them about the price increase, and they told me that only FE 1.0's are price protected. But the FE's has a 20k ADM. They called me early in 22' if I wanted to get on their FE list since they have a spot opening, and they said that it would be an extra 20K. I told them I'll happily wait for a Base. Then I contacted them about removing my deposit, and they tried their best to get me to keep it. They told me that they'll refund me 4500, and I'm still on the list for the base edition, and if I truly do not want it then, then I can get the 500.00 back and they'll just have to sell it the old fashioned way. I countered with "Put me on the FE 2.0 list without ADM and I'll leave my 5K". To which they replied "There's a demand for the FE 2.0's with the 20K ADM". A few months later, I asked for a full refund and put my deposit with Lotus in Naples, since the base edition will all be the same (and no line for them). And the best part is I can register the car out of state of my choice: Like Montana. Galpin gave me the run around with that.What? Galpin has assured me there will be no ADM. Perhaps worth reaching out and asking?
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