Best Ford Deals & Lease Offers: October 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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Discounts on a number of Ford models have improved in October. The 2018 Explorer is a particularly good deal with up to $4,500 in savings, the most we've seen to date. However, like many models, you'll have to finance through Ford Credit to qualify for a $1,500 bonus to get to that number.

The Edge is another top deal with $4,000 in advertised savings. Ford will introduce a heavily updated 2019 Edge this fall that may be worth waiting for. Along with sportier looks, it'll feature Ford Co-Pilot360, a set of features that includes standard auto emergency braking.

Prefer something bigger? Starting this month, Limited and Platinum versions of the Expedition are eligible for many of the same discounts as lower trims. We're seeing up to $3,250 in savings, or an option to choose 0.9% financing plus a $1,250 bonus.

Most offers are set to end January 2, 2019 and vary by region. Examples listed here are for Los Angeles and will likely change somewhat in November, especially closer to Black Friday.

Top Ford Lease Deals & Incentives

Model Best Lease Deal Best Finance Offer Best Cashback Incentive
Ford Focus
Lease from $189/month Finance from 0% for 60 months + $1,000 Bonus Up to $4,000
Ford EcoSport
Lease from $189/month Finance from 0% for 60 months + Up to $1,000 Bonus Up to $2,000
Ford Fusion
Ford Fusion
Lease from $209/month Finance from 0% for 72 months + Up to $2,750 Bonus Up to $4,500
Ford Escape
Ford Escape
Lease from $239/month Finance from 0% for 60 months + Up to $1,500 Bonus Up to $4,500
Ford Explorer
Ford Explorer
Lease from $299/month Finance from 0% for 60 months + Up to $1,500 Bonus Up to $4,500 Cash

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Insider Tips for Ford Shoppers

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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