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Taking Delivery of 2018 GT350, Have Questions

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My local dealer found me a 2018 GT350, Ruby Red w/black stripe and convenience package--the exact car I would have ordered; however, the stripe ends at the front of the hood and does not extend down the front fascia. Looking closely, the paint appears to match, but it still gives me pause. Furthermore, the dealer my dealer obtained the car from in turn drove the car 130+ miles from a neighboring dealer, which I find odd.

The dealer my dealer got the car from claims that it came without the stripe extending down the fascia, which also seems very odd--I would have expected the first dealer to have filed it as a mis-build with Ford, but Ford Performance has no record of that for this VIN (I called them today). It's been recommended to me to have a body shop verify that it's original.

My dealer has offered to order the striping from Ford and have it professionally installed, and assures me that it would still be considered "factory original."

Would you take delivery of this vehicle at MSRP? Would you take delivery of it at all?

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Yes, the OTT stripe is on the sticker, as verified from the internet Ford window sticker. We know who the original receiving dealer was, and we will be calling them this morning to see if they noted it when they received the car from the truck. Interestingly, they originally had a $10K ADM on the car, which I find surprising if the car came off the truck missing the stripes on the nose. We'll be calling that dealer's new car manager this morning to see what they have to say. If the story checks out, great, though it is still curious why they wouldn't have filed a mis-build and have Ford make it right.

Color choice: thanks! I've seen the car in my dealer's detail bay, and it is beautiful in person! I just want to make sure that if I'm buying a car represented to me as new and original, that it really is new and original. I don't intend to ever sell it, but if the future ever brings me hard times and I have to, I want to make sure I don't take a bath on it.
Warning, make sure the dealership has not replaced or repainted this bumper (or any Dealer it has visited). This is the type of car a Dealership is willing to trade due to this issue. I don’t know the retail laws in Texas, but many times a component replacement (Bumper) does not need to be disclosed like other transportation damage. And if this was an accident by the Dealer, many times it gets brushed under the carpet. I don’t think this car would have made it past Final inspection if Ford Final Assemby “forgot” to put on the stripes. Something smells, sorry.
I ended up accepting the car. My dealer is going to make sure the front end is correct (at his expense), and close inspection revealed no balled-up rubber either on the tires or on the carpet that lines the back of the rear wheel wells. Avg. mpg was 13.4mpg, making the revised theory that the GM of the other dealer probably drove the car home to show his wife. My gf, who has been a manager at several Ford dealerships, was satisfied, and she has been the pickier of the two of us on this deal.
Then your girlfriend will understand the therm “Due Bill”. This is the dealership putting in writing what they are willing to do after the sale to make this write, IN WRITING! Good luck with your purchase, sounds like you got Control, keep it.
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