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Posted: 8/29/2004 1:19:04 PM EST
Anybody know what car dealers do with cars they can't sell off the lots? Like, what happens to the 2002-2003 cars that are left on the lots? Do they lease 'em out for fleets?
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:22:54 PM EST
They are taken by the undead. Really, have you ever seen zombies walking down the highway? They drive to the edge of the town or mall they are going to infest. Ironically, they never park in the handicapped spots.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:22:55 PM EST
strait to the crusher
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:39:27 PM EST
If you go to one local dealer, they sell 2003 Xterras for the same price as 2004s. I walked from that dealership too.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:41:52 PM EST
There is no such thing as an unsold car.


Originally Posted By sknnr:
Anybody know what car dealers do with cars they can't sell off the lots? Like, what happens to the 2002-2003 cars that are left on the lots? Do they lease 'em out for fleets?

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:44:18 PM EST

Originally Posted By Mahatma8Rice:
They are taken by the undead. Really, have you ever seen zombies walking down the highway? They drive to the edge of the town or mall they are going to infest. Ironically, they never park in the handicapped spots.



Link Posted: 8/29/2004 1:45:51 PM EST
Tannerite of course!

Link Posted: 8/29/2004 2:45:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 8/29/2004 2:46:06 PM EST by Ross]
I sold Fords for a few months long ago. It's all about "floor plan".

The dealership gets cars based on how many they sell. After a certain amount of time, they start paying the car company for any unsold ones still on the lot. The price goes up, the longer the car is there. That's what's called the "floor plan". They'll start paying at 30 days, then the "rent" goes up at 60 days, then up again at 90 days as an example. So the incentive to move cars, even at a loss sometimes, is VERY high.

Sometimes you'll see an ad in the paper that's a super deal. The ad will say it applies to "stock number 12345" or otherwise to a particular car. Usually the dealership is dumping that car before they have to start paying on it (or are paying on it now). Big dealerships move a tremendous amount of cars, I mean a bunch each day, a dozen on the weekend depending on what's going on, time of year, etc. We had hundreds of cars on the lot, and only had one last longer than 30 days. That thing got cut to the bone and was gone in a hurry once they had to pay on it.

There won't be any left over, really. Selling at a small loss, if you get a trade-in for basically free, is fine too. The used car lot on the dealership is where all the money is. That's the cash cow.

Ross
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 2:56:22 PM EST
They put them on a train to Mexico and sell them for $90K a pop, all models and brands.
Link Posted: 8/29/2004 3:07:20 PM EST
Ross, thanx for the info...just curious about a 4x4 i saw, i'll wait and wait and wait and......
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