‘High Demand’ for Trucks Forces Ford to Stop Delivering Super Duty Trucks
If you needed any more proof that trucks are hot right now, one visit to the Ford Super Duty trucks page will tell you all you need to know.
The company has suspended deliveries of the 2022 Ford Super Duty trucks because of “high demand.”
There is so much demand for the company’s big trucks that you can’t even order one, according to the official website. That also means that whatever inventory your local dealer has on the lot is all they’re going to get.
What makes a truck “super duty?”
Ford’s line of Super Duty trucks includes heavy-duty F-250, F-350, and larger trucks. They are based on an F-150 truck but are bigger, longer, and can be ordered as dually trucks, with extra wheels in the back. They can tow some impressively-sized trailers. The trucks can tow so much weight, you may need a commercial driver’s license in some states.
But the trucks are getting harder to find.
“Due to high demand, the current model year is no longer available for retail order. Limited inventory may be available at selected dealers. Contact your dealer for more information,” reads the official Super Duty page.
The base Super Duty is the F-250 XL starts at $37,895 and is one of the gold standards of work trucks. You can order it with a snow plow, after all. It can be ordered with a Heavy Service Suspension package that allows it to haul 4,000 pounds in the bed, and it can be prepped for a 5th wheel, or gooseneck trailer. A fully-loaded F-250 can cost nearly $90,000.
The top dog is the F-450 Limited, which is a dually that can be ordered with a 475-horsepower diesel engine and a 48-gallon gas tank. There’s no range anxiety there. It’s almost 22-feet-long, eight feet wide, and can weigh more than 8,000 pounds. But, it’s in a rare class of truck that has more than 1,000-pound-feet of torque and can tow up to 35,700 pounds.
Can you still find one?
While Ford may not be delivering any new Super Duty trucks, they are available. From the Super Duty website, you can click some boxes to find your dream truck and create an order and Ford will help you find one at a dealer. Or, you can click the “search inventory” box and see what’s available at your local dealership. There aren’t many.
Interestingly, the company posted a similar message on the 2022 Lincoln Navigator site recently.
Why is demand so high for trucks?
These trucks are popular and demand has remained about the same, it’s the supply that’s dwindled. You can blame the coronavirus slowdowns, the computer chip shortage, supply chain problems and probably even sun spots for the low supply of used trucks. Nearly every manufacturer is having trouble meeting the need for new vehicles for a variety of issues. Last year, Ford cut production of the F-150 because of a shortage of computer chips that the trucks need to run everything from the radios to the power seats.