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This hasn’t happened to me. I’m just wondering if a dealer can sell your ordered Hellcat out from underneath you. If they get offered more from a prospective buyer can they sell it to them instead?
 

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Likely depends if it’s a deal on paper signed off by both parties at the time of signing.
 

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It's definitely happened on this board before and I don't remember anyone getting anything out of the dealer after he did it. Obviously the language in the agreement will favor them.


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This hasn’t happened to me. I’m just wondering if a dealer can sell your ordered Hellcat out from underneath you. If they get offered more from a prospective buyer can they sell it to them instead?
If they do, then you dodge a bullet. Any dealer that would do that to any customer will be equally shady with any aspect of purchase or service down the line. It would be best to take your business elsewhere.

Having said that, I'm betting your dealer (if reputable) would never trash a customer relationship lke that.

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Can they and will they are two different issues. Per the contract prior to delivery, both the dealer and the buyer can cancel the order. Typically a cash down payment is involved. If the dealer were to cancel, buyer gets the money back. If the buyer cancels BEFORE delivery, the contract I signed allowed me to get my money back. However, if I were to wait until the car shows up and ended up not signing the deal, down payment is kept by the dealer.

Now, a dealer will generally not cancel the order. It's a near 100% guaranteed deal that they have to expend little to no effort to close on. No dealer storage or lot fees. They typically unload it from the trailer, clean it up, then park it in the customer delivery area. If they cancel the deal, then they have to get that other person in there to buy it, car sits, buyer has no skin in the game at this point, so they may or may not actually buy the car. If not, then they're stuck with a potentially custom ordered vehicle that doesn't have the best options for their market and it ends up costing them time and lot fees to store and maintain. Honoring the contract results in a guaranteed sale. Bending to greed doesn't. That, and the negative press on Yelp! or Google reviews will hurt worse than the extra 1-2k they make on the other person.
 

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Now, my dealer didn't cancel on me, but I am buddy-ish with their sales leadership. About 2 days before my car came in, one of the sales managers reached out to me to let me know that they were still honoring my deal, but not to plan on any added MSRP reductions or special financing because they had another very well qualified buyer interested in the car if my deal fell through. I know they weren't bluffing because when I showed up to take delivery, that other buyer was there as well and he and I spoke. He offered me $3,000 to walk away and let him buy it instead because the order banks were closed and he couldn't get one anytime soon.

If it weren't the height of the Covid shutdowns, maybe I'd have considered it, but it took me almost 20 weeks to get this car. I turned him on to Koons, and I believe he bought one from them.
 

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Honoring the contract results in a guaranteed sale. Bending to greed doesn't. That, and the negative press on Yelp! or Google reviews will hurt worse than the extra 1-2k they make on the other person.
What about the cases where they can collect 20-25K ADM from the other buyer?
 

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Likely depends if it’s a deal on paper signed off by both parties at the time of signing.
They can still sell it so long as they return your funds.

A deal is not 100% final until the money has cleared the bank and the dealer has been made 100% whole for the car. Whether you pay with your personal check or a bank you are financing it through pays them, this doesn't occur until after you are home with the car. In short, I until registration paperwork is filed and they get remainder of full payment, they can do what they want so long as you get back the deposit
 
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Legally, yes they can unless a significant written contract for delivery (other than a typical order) is in place which is almost unheard of as delays and factory issues can be another dynamic.
Morally and ethically, they shouldn't..
 

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Not to mention that the factory printed window sticker has the whole, "This vehicle made especially for (your name)" on the upper right corner of the window sticker. Would be odd trying to sell one to someone else.
 

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Yes they can sell it under your feet at any minute
 
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In December on a Sunday I stopped at a dealership to see if they had any Redeye’s, they didn’t. The salesman did up a build sheet for me but I didn’t like their numbers. The next day I went by a different dealership. The salesman said “We just got a car in Saturday you might be interested in, the guy who ordered it doesn’t have the financing in place to buy it.” Long story short, my window sticker has someone else’s name on it.
 

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Not to mention that the factory printed window sticker has the whole, "This vehicle made especially for (your name)" on the upper right corner of the window sticker. Would be odd trying to sell one to someone else.
That's a simple fix, they can get a new one printed. They get damaged/thrown away all of the time and dealers request a reissue. Can just get a new one without the name.
 

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I bought a Mustang that someone had ordered. I told the salesman exactly what I wanted and he said oh we have one of those. Went out back and he showed me a Mustang exactly how I wanted it but it had a big SOLD sign on it. He said the guys financing didn't go through so I took it.

I later found out the guy didn't have a finance problem and was rightfully pissed off. Not much he could do but have them order another one. I personally would have left that dealer and never walked through those doors again but that's me. I would never put it past a dealership to take the money standing in from of them.
 

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The answer to your question is another question, can you cancel an order after you place it? Life is a two-way street.
 

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The answer to your question is another question, can you cancel an order after you place it? Life is a two-way street.
unless you submitted deposit or have some legal binding to pay for the vehicle once complete, no they cannot make you take the car you ordered.

I've heard of people getting odd option cars when the "orderer" backed out (the one time I heard about it was with a 2020 shelby and the orderer died, and the next of kin did not want the car)
 

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unless you submitted deposit or have some legal binding to pay for the vehicle once complete, no they cannot make you take the car you ordered.

I've heard of people getting odd option cars when the "orderer" backed out (the one time I heard about it was with a 2020 shelby and the orderer died, and the next of kin did not want the car)
I think you missed my point, which was that until the keys are in your hand either side can cancel the deal.
 
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