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Old 02-27-2009, 11:44 AM   #15
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CB, Thanks for looking at Ford for your trucking needs. I'm a Ford employee and appreciate your the possible purchase by you. I just went to our a-plan sight to see what the cash back is on a F-150, and right now it's about 3K. Now if you have someone who can get a-plan then that figure with a-plan could reach 6k-7k just guessing. You can always get x-plan if you know someone and if you don't pm me and I'll get it for you.

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:04 PM   #16
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I'm looking at buying a new truck this year as well. Which is a departure from my normal philosophy on buying vehicles. I normally prefer to buy used with cash if at all possible, saves on interest and you let someone else eat the depreciation. Also there is no problem getting a factory extended warranty these days.

With the deals that are out there for new vehicle buyers I believe I will purchase new this time. I have also been told by a friend in finance that this is a good time to finance and keep a hold on most of your cash.

I'm going with Ford because they haven't begged for the bailout money and the ceo is taking a huge voluntary paycut. I've traditionally been a fan of Dodge trucks but I just think Ford is the best company right now and they have really stepped up their game on truck performance. Also the F-150 made the good list for trucks on the safety ratings.
With all the 0% deals out there, it would be fuelish not to use someone elses $ for a few years!
The new Ford trucks sure do have LOTS of nice features...

Let's all make an effort to invest in America.

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Ford/GM/Dodge=Born in America

Now is NOT the time to be funding some other Country.

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:15 PM   #17
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CB, I've never used Aikens in Winder, but I've heard good things about them. The last time I was up that way, last fall, they had a huge selection of trucks. In fact, every time I've driven past that dealership, they have had a packed lot. I get the impresssion that they do a lot of fleet sales. The company I work for has purchased from them in the past.

We bought our new Ford Escape from Alan Vigil in Morrow last summer. I was pleased with the deal we got from them. They also threw in lifetime oil changes at no charge. Just a deal "sweetener".

Oh yeah, 5 Fords in my driveway. Nuthin' but. I'm very happy to see that they didn't take any bail out money. They'll continue to get my business.

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:35 PM   #18
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Just a note on the “bailout” money. GM and Chrysler asked for loans as the credit markets were/are frozen. This is not a handout like the banks got. It is all to be repaid. Most companies small/medium/large use overnight funds to move goods and services. Operating capitol is part of doing business.
Am I happy about the current state of GM and many other companies? No of course not…we are giving away our manufacturing base. At some point this becomes a matter of National Security.
Anyway, these are loans, not handouts.

Good for Ford, for operating a tighter ship!

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:40 PM   #19
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With all the 0% deals out there, it would be fuelish not to use someone elses $ for a few years!
Bill is that the best pun I've seen in years, or bad typing?

Congratulations if the first, sympathy if the second.

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Old 02-27-2009, 12:48 PM   #20
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Bill is that the best pun I've seen in years, or bad typing?

Congratulations if the first, sympathy if the second.

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Yes...pun INTENDED!

Gene, I see your following this Ford thread...you in the market?
I new you'd come around...')
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Old 02-27-2009, 02:00 PM   #21
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No Bill, I love my Tundra, built and designed in Texas. Since you're in the market, why not, just for laughs, go to a Texas Tundra dealer, and drive one, crawl underneath and see how big everything is. Get it out on the road and put down the hammer and see if you can withstand the G forces.

Check out this thread, especially the link in post #5: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...cle-48764.html

Some evidence Toyota built the Tundra in part, maybe a large part, like a 3/4 ton truck.

And yes, I've noticed that a lot of people are happy with their Fords (that '56 Mercury I had, besides being dorky, did traumatize me), apparently much more so than Dodges. GM trucks get mixed reviews. Perhaps you've noticed that Tundra owners (with one exception from a couple of months ago) are very happy too. If the rumors that Nissan will simply rebadge Dodges is true, and Chrysler and GM keep going down, maybe almost all the choices will be Toyota and Ford in the future.

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Old 02-27-2009, 02:39 PM   #22
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Since you're in the market

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Not me, all set for a long time…

OP is in the market for a nice Ford!

No thanks, I had a bad experience with yota, similar to your Dads with Chrysler. Been GM ever since. I am not comfortable towing my 7000# Excella with a ½ ton …any ½ ton. Besides, no foreign made pickup trucks could handle my TC (~ 3000# payload). Not even close.

AFAIK, regardless of where they are assembled. Toyota is still a foreign company. For better or worse, I’ll send my dollars to my Brothers in Detroit, not Tokyo…
While I am sure the yota is a nice 1/2 ton..it is no more capable than any other 1/2 ton out there...

Any, we're getting off topic (again!)

Later, Gene
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:26 PM   #23
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They're nice trucks and seriously improved over prior years. We just bought one at the end of Dec with the 3.73 axle, max tow package, trailer towing mirrors, crew cab and of course 5.4 engine. Also came loaded with a bunch of stuff that we were not necessarily looking for (chrome package, interior comfort package, bluetooth synch, satellite radio). With that axle & engine, your tow capacity is up at 11,000 lbs. We got them down under 30K. Granted they might have been desperate to book year end deals. Love the truck. Unbelievably, it "can" get 20mpg highway. Good luck.
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I figure they know when they're not making enough money and won't go below that. I don't want it to be unpleasant or waste their time or mine. But they know their minimum. I have to guess at it.
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No Bill, I love my Tundra, built and designed in Texas. Since you're in the market, why not, just for laughs, go to a Texas Tundra dealer, and drive one, crawl underneath and see how big everything is. Get it out on the road and put down the hammer and see if you can withstand the G forces.

Check out this thread, especially the link in post #5: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f463...cle-48764.html

Some evidence Toyota built the Tundra in part, maybe a large part, like a 3/4 ton truck.

And yes, I've noticed that a lot of people are happy with their Fords (that '56 Mercury I had, besides being dorky, did traumatize me), apparently much more so than Dodges. GM trucks get mixed reviews. Perhaps you've noticed that Tundra owners (with one exception from a couple of months ago) are very happy too. If the rumors that Nissan will simply rebadge Dodges is true, and Chrysler and GM keep going down, maybe almost all the choices will be Toyota and Ford in the future.

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I was always happy with the Dodge pickups I have had especially the one with the Hemi, I felt like I could pull anything with it. My family has always been happy with their Dodge trucks as well. I just think Ford is doing a better job from a business standpoint and I really like the stance their CEO has taken.
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I bought a new F-150 three years ago and the list was 40k, purchase price was 30k. They should be hungrier now, so the discounts may be better than 25%.
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We love our 08 f150. Just about perfect. That being said I would be very cautious about GM and Chrysler. The situation with both companies is very serious. They both can fail, and I would buy only used in those brands. Ford could become the story of business schools for our Grandchildren. I think they all build great trucks, but invest only in a new vehicle brand that seems as we see it today doing more things right vs wrong. I am very closely connected to suppliers here in Michigan. Put it this way to protect the innocent, your GM/CHRYSLER vehicle may very well be a oldsmobile/ plymouth. If it happens it will be quick and with no warning. in a nutshell the debt is now beyond reasonable levels to remain competitive. This is a slam dunk if they get the next handout*(loan) currently under request. Its over baby.
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1. As a Dealer I always try to use invoice as my cost figure and structure my deals accordingly. The holdback (3% of MSRP less destination fees) is sacred - to me - and in many cases represents the entire gross profit on a deal. From this I still have to cover sales commissions, local advertising, inventory upkeep, and floorplan expense beyond about 45 days.

2. As a consumer, I think if you like the dealer and are going to be comfortable with their service, then invoice less any and all applicable rebates and discounts is a fair price to pay. You need to focus your research on what discounts and rebates are available. There are many advertised and just as many that aren't.

3. The invoicing dealer gets the holdback. If your dealer has to get the truck from another dealer he may or may not get the holdback. Usually not. This and transportation fees could add up to as much as a thousand dollars more that your dealer will have in a truck versus one taken out of his own inventory or one that he can factory order for you. I prefer to sell out of stock or special order versus locating and fetching.

4. Not all dealers have the same factory to dealer incentives. This is truer now than ever. Most manufacturers are currently running wholesale programs that promise extra back-end money to dealers on future sales if they order more inventory now. The dealers that take all of their allocation will have more money available to use toward discounting prices.

5. If you are taking an existing vehicle out of a dealers inventory - the last day of the month is a good time. The dealer may need to make one more sale to fill a quota that could mean thousands of extra dollars for him. If not he will at least know where he stands on all current incentives both consumer and factory to dealer. Also, I have 2 working days to report a sale sometimes I am able to hold up reporting a last day of the month sale till I see the next months incentives. If I can help my customer by doing this, I will - providing it won't hurt my side of the deal.

6. I'm not a Ford dealer and I think Ford is getting a lot of mileage out of not asking for government loans - as evidenced by statements in this thread. However, they are not much healthier than GM and Chrysler. Their sales are off just as much and they are losing money at about the same rate. They too are operating off of borrowed money. They had secured their loans prior to the credit meltdown last year.

Most magazines are having to flip a coin to decided between the new F-150 and Ram 1500 as their truck pick for 2009. They are both great trucks. I think they will both be around for years to come.

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