Best Ford Deals & Lease Offers: August 2018

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Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - August 3, 2018

If you're looking to finance, Ford is offering 0% APR for 72 months through September 4 on the Escape, Edge and Explorer. However, you may save more money by taking cashback incentives instead.

For example, the Escape is eligible for up to $4,000. On a $25,000 SUV, your cost with 0% APR would be $25,000. With the rebate, it'd be $22,640 assuming a 5-year loan at 3%. That's a difference of over $2,300.

We tend to see special deals like $1,000 trade-in assistance and Sign & Drive leases around holidays. It's a pretty good bet that we'll see something closer to Labor Day on September 3.

Most offers are set to end October 1, 2018 and vary by region. Some offers, particularly on the SUVs, are set to expire August 21, leading us to suspect Ford has something special planned for Labor Day. Examples here are for Los Angeles.

Ford Incentives & Lease Deals This Month

Model Best Lease Deal Best Finance Offer Best Cashback Incentive
Ford Focus
Lease from $179/month Finance from 0%/60 months Up to $4,000 Cash
Ford EcoSport
Lease from $179/month Finance from 0%/60 months + Up to $1,000 Cash (Ends 9/04) Up to $2,000 Cash(Ends 9/04)
Ford Fusion
Ford Fusion
Lease from $209/month Finance from 0%/72 months + Up to $2,750 Cash Up to $4,250 Cash
Ford Escape
Ford Escape
Lease from $219/month Finance from 0%/72 months (Ends 9/04) Up to $4,000 Cash (Ends 9/04)
Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer
Lease from $289/month Finance from 0%/60 months + Up to $1,000 Cash Up to $4,000 Cash

See the full Ford lineup »

Tips on Ford Financing, Lease Specials and Rebate Offers

Automakers often make you choose between taking cashback and finance offers, but Ford is more flexible than most. To maximize your savings, consider stacking cashback with bonuses for financing at standard rates. If you're leasing a competitor, you may qualify for an extra "conquest bonus" as well.

A lesser-known program worth knowing about is Ford Plan Pricing, or pre-negotiated vehicle pricing through certain companies and organizations. You'll benefit from upfront discounts on nearly any model, while still being eligible for most cashback offers.

Thinking of buying around a major holiday? Ford loves to offer special promotions at the last minute to help draw-in shoppers. Deals generally range from an extra $500-$1,000, and may involve extra bonus cash or incentives for trading in your current vehicle. In California, we almost always see a $1,000 trade-in assistance deal get added right before major holidays.

For students and recent grads, the Ford College Student Purchase Program offers up to a $500 bonus that can be combined with most other offers. Based on our analysis, this is one of the few programs that's available for current students and not just graduates.

, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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