2013 Ford Escapes Struck By Hail At Kentucky Factory
The 2013 Ford Escape is about to launch soon, and Ford is stuck with 3,500 units that were damaged in a hail storm that can’t be sold as new cars.
The vehicles were caught in the midst of the April 28th hail storm that struck the Louisville, Kentucky area, where the Escape is built. Ford said that the damaged vehicles won’t affect the vehicle’s rollout, but they’re not quite sure what to do with the cars.
“We haven’t determined what we will do with them yet, but they will not be shipped to dealers as new,” said Ford spokesman Todd Nissen, speaking to Automotive News.
According to AN, Ford is inspecting the lot and the damaged vehicles. Without any word on the severity of the damage, it’s hard to know if any of the vehicles could ever be re-sold. The prospect of declaring a total loss on vehicles damaged by hail seems a bit extreme from this damage point, but buying a hail damaged vehicle, even with a disclosure and a discount, may not be enough for some buyers.
Sad to say this will probably be the only way to get one at a decent price. I saw one sitting at a Ford dealer the other day so I decided to stop and look at it. It was an SEL with a huge sunroof, and leather. It was priced around $34000! For an Escape? I don't think so! I'm so glad I bought a '12 Escape, it was cheaper, and will probably hold up longer as there is less to break on it.
Fleet buyers probably wouldn't care. I know I wouldn't as long as I got a decent discount, I'd also like before and after pictures, but that probably wouldn't happen. My big question would they still have the factory warranty? If they do, I'll take one. Hail damage is rarely anything more than cosmetic and cosmetic on a Ford Escape? Who cares? not like it's a collectable vehicle.
Paintless dent removal works great for little dings like hail dents. Or give 'em to charity.
Ford said they are going to fleets, press, and other 'business' customers. They do need nice shiny Escapes for picky retail customers, and 60-70% who decide what to buy are women [wifes/gf's]