About time! Ford and other car manufacturers have to know those shady dealers that do this give their brand a bad name. It reflects back on them if they don't put a stop to it.
if ford wants to control allocation to dealers based on these shady practices it’s their choice. You’re acting like Ford doing the right thing to reign in unscrupulous dealers is going to be the next stop to communism lolGood bye free market. Say hello to price controls LOL.
Ford should return all the covid emergency assistance cash they received on the backs of bus riders.
What's next? Capped oil prices? Maximium Nike price?
If I think the price is unreasonable I'm free to buy elsewhere, or from competition.
It's not like Ford's are aspirational in any sense. If your the only person with it and I want it, I have to pay.
I may not like it, and I'll remember it, chosing to never spend another dime, but, I will enjoy it because only live once and time is non renewable.
Yeah, that's not really how it works. Manufacture's have be "telling" retailers how much to charge for decades. I worked retail back in the 70's when we had fair trade laws. Then I went to work for a manufacturer. If a retailer dropped a price below FT, we would threaten them with stopping to ship. When that became illegal we offered a "suggested" retail price and one again if they decided not to follow our suggestion we could hold back their Co-Op (advertising) monies. It is still done to this day. There are many brands that are sold at the same price across multiple platforms. It's not an accident. It's the manufacturer holding firm control on their pricing. And it is their right to do so.Even though this screws me over. I agree, dealership should not be told what it can and cannot do and go back on their deals w allocation.
Ford gets paid and that’s all that matters. They should be happy their workers are getting 10x paydays.
if I can’t afford a car and next guy can, more power to them. I will find a car I can afford
I disagree with calling it collusion, but I do agree with this. Image matters. I just bought a GR86 for slightly under MSRP. I realize some Toyota dealers are doing the ADM thing as well, but as a customer I was happy to be able to get a good price as well as decent trade in value.Lastly "Image" matters. That is what Ford and others are realizing. They also have dealers that do play by the rules. Allowing rogue dealers to rip off the public is bad for the dealer network and, as a result, Ford's image.
So you did get one, Congrats. Can we see it, please!I just bought a GR86 for slightly under MSRP.
Well Shelby’s have always been limited edition cars. They were never meant to be made in GT quantities. I don’t blame Ford for doing this. And honestly, in a free market society, it’s hard to blame the dealers for taking advantage of this situation.Edit: typically I blame the manufacturer for not building enough cars more so than blaming the dealer for trying to get more money. If Ford would have just built more GT350s, no dealers would have been able to over-charge. The market would have been flooded with plenty of cars. I understand post Covid all the manufacturers are having trouble meeting demand, so it's a little different situation now. But in 2015 it was a deliberate decision by Ford to not build enough GT350s to meet the demand.
Thanks! The shifter is really great. It has steep rear end gears so the engine actually feels like it has a lot of torque in first and second. And most of the hood is too low to see. Great visibility out of it - at least to the front. Definitely it feels similar to the 944 except new and with a lot more power. I only have 200 miles on it so far, so I haven't revved the engine out yet. I'm looking forward to warmer weather so I can push a little harder.That’s a great looking car. Bet it will be tons of fun. Enjoy it and use it in good health.
Me too. But this approach isn't without drawbacks. Having to wait a year for your Tesla, only to have it delivered with less options than you'd ordered, being told: "take it or leave it, we don't care, we've got plenty of customers lined up at our door anyway", isn't exactly the most pleasant experience.I'm all for cutting out the middle man - I gotta hand it to Elon the Iconoclast on this front.