According to Automotive News
, some Lincoln dealers
aren't willing to put up the cash for expensive showroom updates until their company shows them physical proof of future products. Ford
has asked some dealers to spend as much as $1 million on facility upgrades, even while admitting that there won't be any new products for up to two years. With Ford
tight-lipped about what exactly their new luxury lineup will look like, many dealers aren't sure whether or not a large investment in their showroom is a worthwhile endeavor. Ford has said that dealers that fail to comply with the changes may see incentive money cut in the near future.
Meanwhile, FoMoCo is offering buyouts for Lincoln dealers that the company has found to not be in preferred markets – from $1.5 million in one case to as little as $300,000 in another. In both instances, the owners of the dealerships
plan to reject the offers as being too low to even consider.
In the mean time, there seems to be growing rift among Lincoln dealers that may lead to an even greater split in the near future.
[Source: Automotive News
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