I recently came across an autocheck history for a Mercury Grand Marquis
that had the car being sold at an Eastern Region Auto Auction. It said
the car was listed at the auction as a manufacturer('s) car. It only
had ten miles on it. A dealer got the car and applied for a new title
at the 13 mile mark.(It was initially titled in Flint, MI with 3 miles
on it.) The dealer is now selling the car as used. I've seen new cars
that had more demo miles on them than that. Anyway, I was just
wondering if anyone knew if the term "manufacturer car" or
"manufacturer's car" has any hidden significance...ie this is a
potential lemon, etc.
PS Anyone have any idea where the "Eastern Region Auto Auction" is
held, or is that just a reference to one of many auctions in the east?
It could have been used for a couple of things, but there's absolutely no way
to trace the history. I have seen these turn up on local dealer lots from
time to time and they won't tell you anything at all about the vehicle except
that it was never titled before they got it. Sometimes vehicles with
manufacturer titles were used for some sort of testing. It could have been
parked all winter in sub-zero temps and checked every few days to see if it
would start on the first try. It could have been parked in the desert all
summer. Or it could have had the doors opened and closed thousands of times
by an independent testing lab to see if hinges/latches would wear out. Also
cars that are used for public displays at major auto shows fall into this
category. They have never been driven on the road, yet tens of thousands of
people have been in and out of the vehicle, playing with controls etc.
Whatever it was, the manufacturer feels the vehicle has not been
significantly compromised or it would not be sold at auction. They either
destroy or sell for salvage (often minus some critical parts, or minus parts
they damaged in testing) vehicles they do not want in the hands of the public.
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That's right.. and I suspect it was a pilot assembly vehicle.
Anyone living around a mfrs auto plant should be used to those... they
carry mfrs plates on the road.
Sons friend just showed up in the Chrys x-over which goes out in
September, obviously, as he's in Development, had mfr plates.
His, of course, will have a couple thousand miles on it.
Yeh, I'm a Krusty old Geezer, putting up with my 'smartass' is the price
you pay..DEAL with it!
Vehicle, off the assembly line, that are periodically used in 'test' are
NEVER sold, period. Based on the mileage my guess it was shown at a dealer,
or public, auto show. Vehicles that are randomly test driven must show at
mileage sticker when shipped to a dealership. Generally it will be around
Not likely to be a lemon with so few miles. With such low mileage it
might have been damaged in transit and repaired by Ford, then sold at
auction. Sometimes brand new cars get dropped off trucks, banged upon
loading on a train, etc. There are rules about how much rework the
mfg. can do and still sell the car as new. After a certain level of
pre-sale repair it can only be sold as used. My *guess* is that you
have such a vehicle. Probably nothing to worry about. You should still
have the full term of the original warranty.
"Eastern Region Auto Auction" is not a place it is a program where Ford
sells vehicles at auction to dealerships. General they are held at the
"Manheim Auto Auction' sites throughout the east. "Manufacturer car" means
the ONLY previous owner was the manufacture, not Ford Credit or a lease
return for example. Once it was sold to a dealership, "manufacturer car" no
longer applies. Manufacture can not sell NEW vehicles directly to anyone,
not even one their subsidiaries. Ford can only sell to dealer and only
dealers can sell NEW vehicles. Once the company uses the vehicle they must
sell it a used car.
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