Is that a hint of cold in the air? Are the leaves starting to change colors? Is that football on TV? As the calendar rapidly approaches October and Fall is right around the corner that can only mean one thing, it’s ordering season for a vast majority of our Fire and EMS customers.
If you don’t live in Texas, or most places in the south, you may actually be feeling that first brisk bit of chill in the air. Sadly, fall weather is still just a far off dream for us.
And while it’s still aggressively hot here, the end of the year is also the hottest time for orders. Most everyone has worked out budget numbers and knows what capital purchases they have planned for the next fiscal year. So what does that mean for you?
We Have the Trucks!
First and foremost, all truck makes are available to order! We’ve heard some concerns over limited chassis availability. As of right now all order windows are open and, expect for new Ram trucks which will be 2019 models, all other makes will arrive as 2020 models.
Current average lead time stands at 12 weeks for Ford, Chevy, and Ram. International and Freightliner lead times will fluctuate on a case by case basis depending on the particular options selected. We also know the new Rams will come with push button start. You can click here to review other known upgrades and options available on the new crop of trucks.
Timing is Everything
The other major consideration for anyone planning to place orders after October 1, will be how quickly you are able to get those orders sent to your builder. Whether working with Frazer or with someone else, the orders will be fast and furious and there will be many. The high volume and concentration can easily result in lead times increasing by 50% over the rest of the year.
Frazer realizes that for some the process of getting an order from council approval to a firm PO occasionally poses some challenges. If you find yourself in a situation where that process is hindering your ability to get on our production schedule, a Letter of Intent from your agency can speed that up while you wait on the grinding gears of bureaucracy.
Please reach out to one of our sales team at 888-372-9371 to make sure you have everything you need to move forward with your next purchase. They can also help walk you through any other possible ways to ensure your spot in line. If you’re still gathering information on your next purchase, please click here for more information.
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