Originally Posted by b_a_betterperson
And it's not going to get any better. All the Lincoln Mercury dealerships around here in Northern California are either closing or about to.
Meanwhile, you should see the huge Lexus and BMW dealerships being built.
I don't what it is about California, but everybody has to have an imported car. You can't tell me it's product -- because cars like the Ford Five Hundred and Freestyle are every bit as good as their Toyota and Honda counterparts -- but you never see them.
I've actually considered the Lincoln MKZ (formerly Zephyr). They are a great car.
When I moved to San Luis Obispo, I went to the Chevy dealer to get my cars Smog checked and certified to come into California. This dealer was a Chevrolet, VW and Mercedes Benz dealer. I was amazed. They had tons of Chevy trucks. They actually had more C230's than they had total Chevy cars though. They only had 2 Cavaliers on the lot which was a big seller in Pennsylvania. I asked why they only had 2 Cavaliers, thinking it was a shipping problem since they are made in Ohio. They told me Chevrolet requires them to take 2 Cavaliers a month to remain a Chevrolet franchise. They took them so they could get Chevy trucks which sold like hotcakes. They would sell off the Cavaliers at a loss just to move them.
Sure enough when I opened the Sunday paper, they had on of their Cavaliers advertised. It was a Cavalier Value model that stickered at $10,700. Invoice was $10,135. There was a $1000 rebate on it and they had it listed at $7995 for a brand new 2004 Cavalier. They were losing $1200 per car.
The Mercedes C230 all had additional dealer stickers on them though for 3-5,000 in dealer mark-up. I just couldn't understand how someone could pay $40,000 for a C230. Then you would see a 10 year old Honda Accord for $7-8000 and it just made me wonder how someone could be so stupid to pay $8,000 for an Accord with 135,000 miles on it instead of $8,000 for a new Cavalier.
You hear about the proposal to ban a parent from spanking their kids in California. You look at all the flakes in San Fran and see all the silly stuff that happens there. It kinda makes you forget there is the Central valley with normal people and think the whole state is wacko.