With new car inventory, limited during the pandemic, we’ve seen an increase in the number of clients who choose to special order their new car. We’re always big fans of special ordering because it allows clients with the flexibility to wait to get a great deal on exactly what they want. Last year, our overall percentage of ordered cars rose from 10% in 2019 to 17% in 2020.

While we also help clients locate vehicles in stock throughout California (and beyond) to find their first choice, sometimes it just doesn’t exist. If you’re looking for a soon to be released, a hard-to-find model, or just want your new car configured exactly the way you want it, special ordering can be a great choice. (See Why special ordering a new car can be your best choice)

We thought it http://www.cartelligent.com/blog/why-special-ordering-new-car-can-be-your-best-choicemight be interesting to look at which brands and vehicles were most often special ordered by Cartelligent clients in 2020. As you might expect the list is dominated by brands that offer myriad ways to configure their models and those whose vehicles were in shorter supply. 

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10. Ford (17% special orders)

Our Ford clients run the gamut from full-size trucks to eco-friendly hybrids. Most ordered Fords include the all-new Mustang Mach-E (100% orders), Transit van (40% orders), F-150 (29% orders) and F-250 (48% orders).

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9. Jaguar (20% special orders)

By far our most ordered Jaguar was the all-electric I-PACE with almost 50% of the model being special ordered in 2020.

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8. Land Rover (27% special orders)

Land Rovers can often be in short supply at dealerships, which makes special ordering a good option. The all-new Defender was our most ordered Land Rover–other orders include the Range Rover PHEV (33% orders), Ranger Rover (32% orders), and Range Rover Sport (25% orders).

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7. MINI (28% special orders)

The iconic MINI is a great choice for those who prioritize individual styling. Popular MINI special orders include the Hardtop (40% orders), Countryman (21% orders) and John Cooper Works (58% orders).

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6. Jeep (31% special orders)

Cartelligent clients love the rugged looks and off-road performance of the Jeep brand. Top special orders include the Wrangler (44% orders), Cherokee (41% orders) and Gladiator (27% orders).

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5. Mercedes-Benz (33% special orders)

Mercedes-Benz combines German engineering with stylish exteriors and immaculately appointed interiors. Top Mercedes orders include the C-Class (36% orders), E-Class (20% orders), GLE-Class (58% orders) and GLS-Class (30% orders).

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4. RAM (34% special orders)

With trucks in high demand and low supply in 2020, RAM orders have soared. The RAM 2500 was most ordered (42% orders) followed by the 1500 and 3500 (33% each).

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3. GMC (39% special orders)

Low supply also made special ordering a GMC a good option. Popular orders include the Sierra (38% orders),  and Yukon (46% orders).

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2. Porsche (41% special orders)

The ultimate sports car, the Porsche brand is renowned for its performance and styling. Most ordered Porsches include the Panamera (33% orders), Taycan (77% orders), Cayenne (42% orders), and Macan (36% orders).

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1. BMW (48% special orders)

BMW bills itself as the Ultimate Driving Machine and, Cartelligent clients seem to agree. Popular BMW orders include the  X3 (49% orders), X5 (52% orders), 4 series (65% orders), and 5 series (55% orders).


Whether or not you’re looking to special order your new car, Cartelligent can help you get a great deal on exactly what you want. Call our team of car-buying experts at 888-427-4270 or get started today.