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New Ford Bronco Models Incur Hail Damage During Shipping, Causing Additional Delays

The rollout of the all-new Ford Bronco has faced hurdles from the start. There have been supply chain issues with microchips, out-of-stock rugged modular front bumpers, and more. Some reservation holders of Ford’s reimagined Bronco have waited years to take delivery of their rugged and desirable SUV. Some are still counting the days when they will finally be able to enjoy their new Ford Bronco models. However, the latest delivery issues come from nature itself.

Hail damage to new Ford Bronco models for customers in Nebraska

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WOWT reported that a hard-hitting storm front caused severe damage in the Omaha metro area on June 7. The hail was up to two inches in diameter. There was such a downpour that many roads had to be shoveled to make them passable.

In addition to drivers’ vehicles caught in the middle of the storm, the deluge struck an unknown number of brand-new Broncos at the Omaha BNSF yard with impact damage. Unfortunately, according to Ford Authority, a future Bronco owner learned of the fate of his SUV through an online forum.

Bad news for Badlands Bronco

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Manuel Flores reserved a Badlands Bronco edition in July 2020, according to his remarks on the Bronco6G forum. Almost two years later, in March 2022, it received a VIN. After subsequent emails confirming build dates and a delivery window in the second week of June 2022, Flores was overcome with a bad feeling when another forum member learned that the hailstorm of Omaha had resulted in a “total loss” for his Bronco and countless numbers. others.

After Flores contacted Ford to find out the next steps on how the company would proceed, they responded by explaining that the damage was “repairable”, but that “the disclosable damage exceeds the limit identified in the” warranty manual and of policy “”, which is $1,000. When the damaged Flores Bronco arrived at the dealership, Ford reportedly categorized it with an “F” definition via its “Railway and Transportation Vehicle Handling Handbook.” As a result, Flores learned that the Bronco could not be sold new and would instead go to auction.

Baffled Bronco Buyer Beaten

Ford told Flores there was nothing they could do and asked him to reorder the vehicle through the dealership and request expedited delivery. However, the dealer said they don’t know how to proceed and are awaiting advice from the manufacturer. Thus, causing a back-and-forth drama that leaves Flores without his Badlands Bronco and widens the chasm of Bronco deliveries yet to be made.

Flores posted an “Acknowledgment of Damage in Transit” the dealership received stating that the Bronco suffered “disclosed damage amount of $6,000 and total repair cost of $7,500.” After several weeks, however, Ford moved forward with fixing the damaged Broncos and selling them as new, a complete reversal of its original position.

Ford struggles to maintain delivery pace

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As Ford moves towards a sell-to-order model, component availability issues are only compounded by unfortunate weather conditions. While rare, that doesn’t help with the 300,000 reserved Broncos Ford has to offer customers.

The problems don’t end with the Bronco. Ford Authority explains that consumer demand has far exceeded the manufacturer’s expectations. Therefore, the order for the 2022 model year will be pushed back to next year.

How to get your new Ford Bronco models sooner

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It’s easy to click through all the options on Ford.com to get the latest and greatest Bronco with all the bells and whistles. Still, ambitious customer wish lists are among the backlogs.

The Bronco Nation forum shows the success of customers opting for the Bronco soft top over the color molded hardtop (MIC) to get their vehicles sooner. With the shortage of microchips, trim levels like the Lux package may be too out of reach as each additional technology feature requires more chips than the company can accommodate.

According to Town and Country TV, the Bronco Big Bend is currently the most accessible trim level. Either way, opting for the lowest trim and capability packs will help you get your new Ford Bronco sooner, save Mother Nature.

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