Ford Says No to Selling Cars Directly Online

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Ford Refuses To Switch To Direct (Online) Sales Of Its Vehicles

Ford initially intended to transition to an ‘agency model’ for the sale of new cars, a strategy where dealers serve primarily as conduits. However, recent reports suggest Ford is retracting from this plan.

Meanwhile, several other car manufacturers have expressed interest in adopting a direct sales model, allowing customers to purchase vehicles directly from the manufacturer, either through sales agents or online platforms. Despite this shift, dealers remain essential for vehicle delivery and maintenance services. Ford’s strategy to reduce the number of dealers remains intact despite the potential change in sales approach.

While some car manufacturers, such as Stellantis and Mercedes-Benz, see promise in the direct sales model, challenges have arisen that cast doubt on its feasibility. Stellantis is reassessing its plans due to IT issues that hindered online sales, a problem Mini also encountered.

Similarly, Jaguar Land Rover, along with Ford, has decided to abandon the direct sales model altogether. Despite setbacks, brands like Volvo and Mercedes-Benz remain committed to direct sales, while Tesla has long embraced this approach.

Ford (Credits: The Drive)

The outlook for the direct sales model appears uncertain as manufacturers grapple with operational challenges. At the same time, technological advancements offer new avenues for online sales, but issues such as IT disruptions pose significant hurdles.

Despite these challenges, manufacturers like Volvo and Mercedes-Benz persevere in their pursuit of direct sales, emphasizing the potential benefits for both customers and the industry. However, the experiences of Ford and other companies indicate that transitioning to this model is not without its complications.

In light of recent developments, the debate over the future of car sales intensifies, with proponents and skeptics of the direct sales model presenting contrasting perspectives. While some advocate for the convenience and efficiency of purchasing vehicles directly from manufacturers, others highlight the importance of dealerships in providing personalized services and maintaining customer relationships.

The varying experiences and decisions of different car manufacturers underscore the complexity of this issue and the need for careful consideration of the challenges and opportunities associated with alternative sales models.


By Park-Shin Jung

I am Park-Shin Jung. I am a professional content writer for cars.

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