buying Ford Moving toward Build-to-Order, Away from Packed Dealer Lots
9 flavors of prewar hot rod at Mecum’s 2021 Indy sale
If you’re in the market for a prewar hot rod, Mecum’s Indianapolis auction running May 14–22 has something from just about every era you could desire. While the cars themselves were built before WWII, the different eras of customization really kicked off after the war. If you prefer your ’32 Fords and Model A coupes, […] The post 9 flavors of prewar hot rod at Mecum’s 2021 Indy sale appeared first on Hagerty Media.
- The pandemic and the resulting have changed how Americans buy cars, and Ford thinks that a build-to-order process is the right way to go moving forward.
- To help sell cars online, Ford recently introduced Ford Express Buy for the and Ford Blue Advantage for used cars and other digital options.
- CEO Jim Farley, quoted by , said he knows Ford is wasting money on incentives, which is less of a problem when the customer says up front, "This is the car I want."
Ordering the exact vehicle—color, trim level, accessories, everything—that you want is how many Europeans have been buying their cars for ages. But the U.S. has been more committed to the model where shoppers go to the dealership and then drive home in one of the cars off the lot. The pandemic has changed how Americans interact with their local dealership. People are now choosing to do more communication online, and they're expressing less insistence on going out to take a test drive.
No Malarkey! President Biden Drops F-150 Lightning's 0–60 MPH Acceleration Time
While being the President of the United States sounds like a pretty stressful gig, it does come with a few perks. One of them just so happens to be an exclusive test drive of the all new Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup truck. And while we’ll have to wait until tomorrow to get all the juicy details on Ford's most shocking F-150 ever, Biden did let a few key details slip after his quick spin in a Lightning prototype outside the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center where it'll be built.
Ford noticed, and now the company wants to shift more future buyers to the vehicle ordering process, Ford CEO Jim Farley said on a conference call this week with reporters to discuss the company's second-quarter results. Getting more buyers to order a specific vehicle online can also help Ford's bottom line.
"We are really committed to going to an order-based system and keeping inventories at 50 to 60 days' supply," he said. "I know we are wasting money on incentives."
It's not just the direct impact of COVID that has caused the shift in customer behavior. The chip shortage that has been affecting dealership vehicle supply since earlier this year is another big reason Ford thinks it can do better when more customers order their vehicles. The chip shortage has forced people to wait for the vehicle they wanted, since low inventory meant a wide range of choices were not always available on the lot to drive home.
The Aerodynamic 1981 Ford Probe III Concept Changed American Cars Forever
The Aerodynamic 1981 Ford Probe III Concept Changed American Cars ForeverSuddenly, how slippery a vehicle looked did more than just whet the appetites of wedge-seeking sports car buyers--it also had an impact on fuel efficiency, without requiring any of the dreaded computerized engine controls that many companies (but more specifically, those in Detroit) were having great difficulty adapting to the real world. But the line between gas prices and the aerodynamic designs that popped up everywhere by the end of the Eighties is more dotted than you might think.
Ford recently introduced Ford Express Buy, an online-only way to purchase a Ford vehicle in the U.S. For now, the only model you can purchase this way is the, but Ford's president of the Americas and International Markets Group, Kumar Galhotra, told last month that the system will expand to other models at some point.
"It's a really exciting way for us to sell vehicles in partnership with our dealers," Galhotra said. "You can start building your vehicle, pricing it, put it in the cart, and you can go all the way to make a transaction. Ford Credit can approve the customer's credit in seconds, and you can make the payment and the dealer can deliver the car to your home."
Using Ford Express Buy is optional for Ford dealers. Ford also has Ford Blue Advantage to sell certified used Ford vehicles online and, in Mexico, there's the Ford Digital Store, which lets people buy a new vehicle 100 percent online.
North Dakota’s farmer is bringing a bumper crop of classics to market .
The Krinke family has been farming the same land in North Dakota for more than a century. In Neil Krinke’s many years of running the place, he’s grown a lot more than crops. He also collected a huge number of cars and trucks. Now it’s time to bring the harvest to market. In a massive […] The post North Dakota’s farmer is bringing a bumper crop of classics to market appeared first on Hagerty Media. Looking to purchase a car? Find your match on the MSN Autos Marketplace