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Factory Ordering a Car? These Are Wait Times We’re Seeing in 2024

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Last updated Feb 1, 2024

We track new car inventory monthly, and it’s been encouraging to see automakers like Ford and Toyota having more cars shipped to dealers. Still, automakers are selling every car they can make. With that said, more drivers are placing factory orders for vehicle builds that might not arrive until well into next year, or worse. Here’s how long car buyers are waiting for the vehicle they want.

Important note: These times are strictly for factory ordered cars. Many of these models are now available on dealer lots.

Kia and Hyundai Wait Times

Kia and Hyundai wait times

Hyundai Motors owns 51% of Kia, and the two Korean automakers have grown increasingly close over the past decade. Today, many of their vehicles share components, and therefore have been similarly impacted by supply chain constraints.

These are the factory order wait times our team of Car Coaches is hearing in 2024:

  • IONIQ 5 – 3 months for factory orders
  • Elantra (some trims) – 2 to 4 months
  • Accent – 2 to 4 months
  • Kia Sportage – 3 to 4 months
  • Kia Telluride – 3 to 4 months

Subaru Wait Times

Right now, buyers placing orders for a Subaru are regularly being told that the wait time for delivery will be between one and four months, and in some cases longer. Subaru was hit hard by the chip shortage, and has yet to pull out of the slump. These are the Subaru factory wait times we’re hearing today:

  • Ascent: 1-4 months
  • Crosstrek: 1-3 months
  • Forester: 1-2 months
  • Impreza: 1-3 months
  • Legacy: 1-3 months

Toyota Factory Order Wait Times

How long you should expect to wait depends on the Toyota model and spec that you’ve ordered. For Toyota hybrids and plug-in hybrids, wait times are much longer. For the Toyota RAV4 Prime and Prius Prime, wait times are longest.

In 2024, these are common Toyota factory order wait times our team is hearing:

4Runner: 2-4 months
GR86: 5-8 months
Camry: 2-4 months / Hybrid 6+ months
Corolla: 2-4 months / Hybrid 6+ months
Highlander: 2-4 months / Hybrid 6+ months
Prius: 4-6 months / Prime 8+ months
RAV4: 2-4 months / Hybrid or Prime 8+ months
Sequoia: 2-4 months / Hybrid 6+ months
Sienna: 2-5 months / Hybrid 6+ months
Tacoma: 2-4 months
Tundra: 2-4 months / Hybrid 6+ months
Venza: 2-4 months

Honda Wait Times

On average, Honda factory orders placed today can expect a four month wait before delivery. For the popular, newly redesigned Civic, the wait is more likely to be six months. Honda has been hit particularly hard by the chip shortage and pandemic-related disruptions. Japanese automakers were even dealt a blow from an earthquake earlier this year. 

These are the Honda factory order wait times we’re seeing in 2024:

Accord: Immediate
Civic: 1-2 months
CR-V: 1-2 months
CR-V Hybrid: 3+ months
Odyssey: 2-4 months
Pilot: 1-2 months
Ridgeline: Immediate

Honda wait times 2024
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Ram and Jeep Wait Times

For Jeep and Ram factory orders, wait times depend on what model and trim you want. Waiting three to four months for a Ram 1500 or Jeep Grand Cherokee is a lot easier to swallow if you’re getting a better deal with incentives. 

These are the Ram truck factory wait times our team is encountering in 2024:

1500: 1-3 months
2500: 2-4 months
3500: 2-4 months

Ford Factory Orders Wait Times Faring Slightly Better

Ford factory order wait times 2024

These are the Ford factory order wait times we’re seeing this year:

Bronco: 3+ months
Bronco Sport: 1-3 months
F-150: 1-3 months
F-250: 2-3 months
F-350: 2-3 months
F-450: 2-6 months
Mustang: Immediate
Mustang Mach E: 1-3 months

Hybrids, Plug-In Hybrids and EVs Have the Longest Wait Times

ev factory wait times

We’re seeing wait times for popular hybrid vehicles extending up to one year for several automakers. It’s easy to forget that gas prices were over $5.00/gallon nationally just a few months ago, and that caused a massive spike in orders for more fuel-efficient vehicles. 

Not only is demand higher, but OEMs are rationing their supplies of semiconductor chips and in some cases, even batteries.

In a silver lining to the confusing new EV tax credit, America will soon have its first used EV tax credit. The used EV tax credit began in January 2023, but only used EVs under $25,000 will qualify (if sold by a dealer, and the buyer meets income restrictions.) Learn more about the used EV tax credit and eligibility here. 

Tesla Wait Times

tesla wait times

Tesla regularly updates wait times for the Model Y, Model 3, Model S and Model X. As of 2024, here are Tesla wait times as shared on Tesla.com. Note that there are many possible configurations that affect estimated delivery dates, so check Tesla’s configurator for the most accurate estimate.

  • Model 3 RWD with Aero wheels: Less than 1 month
  • Model 3 RWD with Sport wheels: Less than 1 month
  • Model 3 Long Range AWD with Sport wheels: Less than 1 month
  • Model Y Long Range with Gemini wheels: 1-3 months
  • Model Y Long Range with Induction wheels: 1-3 months
  • Model S Dual-Motor with Arachnid wheels: Less than 1 month
  • Model X Dual-Motor with Cyberstream wheels: 1-3 months

Taking Delivery After a Long Wait? Beware of the Infamous Dirt Mountain

Although Ford has somewhat improved factory order wait times in recent months, customers are still taking delivery of Broncos that had spent months waiting around at the so-called Dirt Mountain in Michigan. How could that impact those taking delivery of their beloved Ford Bronco? Field mice. 

Anytime vehicles sit idly for months at a time, there’s the risk of rodents making the car their home. Before taking delivery, have all wires under the hood checked for signs of gnawing rodents. Ford even admitted in their earnings report that their number one challenge right now is quality control, and the infamous Dirt Mountain issues are certainly part of that. Of course these new vehicles are under warranty, but you’d hate to be left stranded with power failure shortly after driving your new car home.

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8 Comments

  1. Tom

    What do you forecast in regard to used PHEV vehicles as we reach January 1 and rebates become available for the Ford Fusion Energi and the Chevy Volt? Will this increase or decrease their sale price?

    Reply
    • Justin Fischer

      Hello! Based on current market conditions and trends (which may be quite different in January as used car prices begin to fall), I expect PHEV and full BEV prices to remain elevated while used ICE vehicles fall. With a price cap of $25k built into the used EV and PHEV tax credit, expect to see a lot of used, older PHEVs and EVs for $24,900.

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  2. Barry

    I ordered a Ford Expedition in March, it’s still not even built. My friend ordered a Dodge Charger in August, it was built last week and is in transit for delivery. How can Ford be running 8 MONTHS slower than Dodge??? What the heck are they doing over there at Ford?

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  3. Dave

    We just ordered a 2023 Ford Escape Platinum Hybrid FWD. The dealer quoted us a wait of just 8-10 weeks. We’ll see how it goes. I called the marketing department to see if they have any photos available, as the ordering process still shows the 2022 model. All I’ve seen so far is spy videos on YouTube. If you have any other ideas on how to find what it actually looks like, I’d be thankful.

    Reply
    • Justin Fischer

      Thanks for sharing! Not sure what it looks like, but I think it’s a good choice. Get the agreed price in writing from the sales manager!

      Reply
  4. Paul Duray

    Regarding Ford Wait Times: I’m not sure that 4-6 months is accurate. I ordered a Bronco on 22 December 2021 and my vehicle started production recently on 11 October 2022. With final assembly and then delivery to my dealer, I’m looking at about 11 months wait time in total. In my production week alone, 44 fellow Bronco have self-reported wait times from 200-400 days since they ordered their Bronco’s. While Ford does seem to be working hard to complete Manufacturing Year (MY) 22 builds, we are far from 4-6 weeks away f wait time.

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    • Justin Fischer

      Thanks for sharing! Our estimate is for new factory orders placed today. It will vary from model to model, but this is our estimate from the information we’ve gathered from recent buyers placing orders.

      Reply
  5. Harold

    I think the estimate for US Subaru factory orders are way off. I placed an order for an Outback at the beginning of August and have just learned that it has reached the first point in the US. It means it has just been built and might be at the railyards for shipping to the westcoast of Canada. Might get by end of Jan. 2024. So possibly 6 months wait. I understand from the dealer that it is similar for other models built in the US.

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