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Old 06-14-2008, 11:53 PM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Old 06-15-2008, 02:40 AM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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Smaller dealers can't compete with the big dealers for volume to the customer and incentives from corporate. Most mid to smaller level dealers here are long gone in favor of the superstore. A couple of friends formerly with said dealers reported the manufacturers want it that way, large supercenters that is, and are almost hostile to the small dealer.

Back to Mercury, they really haven't set themselves apart the last few decades now have they? What's to miss? Remember, all these badges were created when Detroit actually offered something new every year, every line. You could walk down the street and instantly say "there's a Plymouth, that's a Pontiac, there's a Rambler". You haven't been able to do that for a long time. There just isn't a need if you're building the same vehicle seven ways to the junkyard.
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Old 06-15-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Badge engineering worked well when you had a large percent of the market buying your product... lots of required ass'y lines anyway, so why not differentiate for the benefit of the customer? Now that differentiation is effectively done by the customer choosing a different brand, time to trim where needed. I haven't turned my head at many Mercury models made after the late 60's/early 70's anyway...
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Old 06-15-2008, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Smaller dealers can't compete with the big dealers for volume to the customer and incentives from corporate. Most mid to smaller level dealers here are long gone in favor of the superstore. A couple of friends formerly with said dealers reported the manufacturers want it that way, large supercenters that is, and are almost hostile to the small dealer.
That's probably true. It does seem like the only people who shop at the smaller dealers here are the elderly, and they have been loyal to the place for decades. Younger buyers go to the super-sized dealers.
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Old 06-15-2008, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Mesa, Az
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That's probably true. It does seem like the only people who shop at the smaller dealers here are the elderly, and they have been loyal to the place for decades. Younger buyers go to the super-sized dealers.
Age 50 here; I have little use for most of the bigger stores........

Although in all fairness; part of the problem may be the service department side, it is tough to find qualified mechanics in some of the smaller towns------especially when a place may only offer $15 an hour and expect a bumper-to-bumper tech.
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Old 06-19-2008, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Nashville,Tn
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I personally have always favored a mega dealer. I like being able to choose from lots of inventory and usually they have really good deals on their vehicles. I got my 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan for much below the MSRP.
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