Interesting...i only once ordered my stang exactly like I wanted and it took forever, so I now search inventory and locate/ purchase and it has worked very well.
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Full circle dude ! That is how it used to be. The orientals changes all that when they invaded the US market. I can remember (WW II war baby here) Most of the big three dealers were in surplus quonset huts due to the building mat'l shortage. They'd have maybe one of each model and a pick up or two to look at. Sales had these big flip books showing the colors and options. Kind of like ordering Chinese. Picked this and that. Signed the paperwork and waited for the car to be delivered. This is why I don't like to buy lot cars. I don't want 90% of the crap dealers load on to their cars.
Early to mid fifties .............. I'm on the high side of my mid seventies.My Father worked for Berge Ford and Mel Clayton Ford in Phoenix through the early 70s and up until his retirement in early 90s. They always had packed dealerships and especially Cali when I moved here in the late 80s after the Army. So how long ago are we talking here??
Won't work. They don't have franchise tags.If this happens the dealers are screwed! You might as well have you car delivered by Uber or Lyft! In which case, the dealers will have to only worry about service. That means they might as well close because service sucks. Maybe, just Maybe service will get better if they want to survive!
This is exactly why I seriously doubt this will happen. The dealer associations will raise holy hell and file lawsuits left and right. This model will eliminate the spur of the moment sales where people just drop by to look at all the shiny new cars , haven’t done any research, and aren’t really ready to buy but end up buying anyway. This kind of uneducated consumer is where most dealers make a killing by bending them over. I just don’t see them willing to give that up without a fight.If this happens the dealers are screwed! You might as well have you car delivered by Uber or Lyft! In which case, the dealers will have to only worry about service. That means they might as well close because service sucks. Maybe, just Maybe service will get better if they want to survive!