I am curious as to why folks special order their trucks?
Your are right. There are a number of dealers around the country and probably within 500 miles of me that offer a great price. Not sure how Laura does those prices.
But, in the end, looking there right now, they have 8 2WD, none with the options I would like and I only want a few. Also, the options packages are different for Colorado verses Canyon.
We want an LT with the Luxury and Convenience Packages, leather seating, Safety package, and trailer towing. In order to get the same equipment on a Canyon, I would have to move up to an SLT rather than SLE which would cost more.
At dealers in my area within 75 miles or so, the choices are even more limited with only a few 2WD trucks and those are usually WT.
I have purchased off the lot many times in the past except for the last 3 vehicles since 2010. Most times, I also ended up paying for sun or moon roofs, a radio or nav system I did not want, etc. I think there were two times in the 1990's when I bought new and found exactly what we wanted. One was a '95 Impala SS and on those there were only 3 or 4 options.