By on July 13, 2016

2017 Ford GT

The 500 Ford GT supercars that will reach customers in 2017 and 2018 sold for more than $400,000, but the privilege of working on them comes at a premium, too.

Any dealer looking to become an authorized Ford GT service center will need to spend at least $30,000 to upgrade their operations, according to a document obtained by All Ford Mustangs.

The dealer document spells out the equipment needed and modifications required for to become certified, and it’s a long list. The repair process is also interesting — there’s a chance that specialists might have to be flown in from Canada, and you’ll need to find parking for a dedicated trailer.

For starters, the GT will require its own clean room, which can either be purpose-built or made by converting existing space. Moving or lifting the vehicle requires specialized dollies, jacks and mounts, so better have ’em handy. Oh, and the shop needs to visually document the vehicle before and after the work, so have a digital camera and dedicated computer nearby.

Only Ford GT certified technicians are allowed into the work area when the vehicle is present, and only Master Ford techs will be allowed to seek technical training at GT manufacturer Multimatic’s plant in Markham, Ontario. Any work, be it an oil change or repair, needs to be arranged through the Ford GT Concierge service.

A specially made enclosed car trailer needs to be on hand to transport the 600-plus horsepower, carbon fiber beast to and from customers’ places of work and rest. Ford recommends the JIMGLO Elite trailer — clearly, the Ford GT of trailers. Each authorized service center is required to have a staff member on call 24/7 to pick up a GT in the trailer if required.

If the work is complicated, or if the technicians need assistance, a “fly-in doctor” will be sent from Multimatic to help. It’s possibly that some work might have to be performed at Multimatic, meaning the vehicle will be shipped to Canada.

There’s headaches in store for any dealer wanting to become an authorized repair shop, but the reward for their troubles is lots and lots of status.

[Image: Ford Motor Company]

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23 Comments on “Want to be an Authorized Ford GT Service Center? You’ll Need to Pay Up...”


  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    I suspect the upgrades will pay for themselves, at least in the short term. In the long term, it’ll be something like those Volkswagen dealerships that upgraded their equipment in order to accommodate the complex Phaeton, only to be able to make use of that on one-and-a-half cars.

    • 0 avatar
      TonyJZX

      I’m in two minds about this. The engine is a v6 ecoboost. I wouldnt expect it would be that different from the other ones.

      The bodywork is special. I expect only multimatic can do that.

      I also dont think this has a lot of trickle down to other Fords. Then again $30,000 isnt such a big ask for any dealer which is a multimillion operation especially since you can expect every GT service to be in the thousands as it is. Hell, any big luxury slash sport model already has service bills in the thousands.

      Sounds to me like Ford are doing a $500k Veyron with Veyron like running costs.

      • 0 avatar
        sirwired

        $30k is just the estimate for capital cost. You also have to figure for the cost of not using that space for something else, the cost of lining up somebody (with a CDL) to haul around your trailer as-needed 24/7. Training costs, the costs of the red-carpet treatment apparently expected, etc.

    • 0 avatar

      …and at the end of the day, the owner’s registration still reads “FORD 2DR” and “VOLKS 4DR”

  • avatar
    sirwired

    Unless the sale of every GT comes with a crazy amount of profit for the dealer to bank, I’d forgo this dubious privilege.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Agreed. Not worth it.

      You’d want the GT to require service just to make use of the facility, but you’d dread actually servicing it under such scrutiny.

  • avatar
    Ion

    30g for shop equipment is not that bad.

  • avatar
    twotone

    Considering most of these will garage queens, that first oil change may be ten years away.

    “Any work, be it an oil change or repair, needs to be arranged through the Ford GT Concierge service.”

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I wouldn’t let a car sit for ten years with the same oil, even if it were a garage queen. I think the cars will be fastidiously maintained, and there’s probably a good portion of the owners who will exploit the car’s performance when they get a change. In many ways, Ford’s selective-buyer process seems geared to do just that: weed out the investors and the people who’ll hide the cars in trailers and garages, while finding a greater concentration of drivers who’ll show it off and provide positive PR for Ford’s performance division.

      More to the point: the 24/7-hour clause mentioned above is probably a manifestation of that attitude at Ford. “Drive it…please! We’ve got you covered if something happens.” They’re probably also working out how to have the cars fixed, since some of them will undoubtedly get smashed up. They’ll want to preserve these the same way Ferrari will basically reconstruct your Enzo from a pile of smashed-up remains, since it’s evidently impossible to total one of those.

  • avatar
    Joe Btfsplk

    As I read the article, almost 3/4 of the $30K cost is the investment in the TRAILER… So, the dealer will have a great trailer for dump runs when it is not hauling Ford GT’s. Win-Win!

  • avatar
    olddavid

    Even at $300 per, that is 100 hours of work – just to break even. Plus, I guarantee the factory isn’t allowing that hourly money on warranty claims. Pass

  • avatar
    VW16v

    At least Ford what’s to have certified dealers. Looks at all those junk Dodge/Chrysler dealers. They can barely take care of there Ram trucks and people are supposed to trust them with a 700+ hp engine.

  • avatar

    Sure. Beverly Hills, Miami, LA, NYC, Boston, Houston, Chicago and a few other money centers I’m missing.

    Keeps Goober at the regular dealer off the cars, which prevents all sorts of mayhem.

    This fleet will need normal maintenance and repairs. Provided they limit the market correctly each center will have adequate business. The car is limited enough that no one else will know them.

    Rare Ferrari or Porsche ? Dozens of qualified shops. Ford GT ? May as well own a Tesla…your choice is the Stealer.

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      re: “stealer”
      If you can afford a half million dollar car, you probably aren’t cross-shopping factory-authorized service with the Speedy Lube down the street.

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    Change that picture from the GT to a midsze truck and there would already be 200 posts.

  • avatar
    formula m

    I don’t know how but this new engine sounds amazing even with turbos. Last summer Multimatic was track testing the GT for suspension tuning where I work and everyone would stop talking as it approached, listening in awe.

  • avatar
    MBella

    Dealers aren’t going to be willing to pay this. There’s too much investment for maybe one car that you get to sell.

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      Unless the buyer is the owner’s son, of course.

      Honestly, $30,000 isn’t that much, especially if it includes a trailer that they can use for other car-hauling duties. They get most of their $30k back in free publicity and prestige (“the only authorized Ford GT dealer in the tri-state area!”).

      Nissan dealers paid a lot more to become GTR-authorized service centers.

      • 0 avatar
        MBella

        Don’t forget the dedicated shop space, on call driver, etc…
        You are correct about dealers who purchase these for themselves as the only dealers that will want to invest. Most dealers will look at the dedicated shop space as something that could be better utilized to service more F-150s. Unless they get a huge bonus from Ford for doing it. Then all bets are off.

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          I was just thinking of Gurley Ford in Gallup NM. Exactly one Ford GT was sold of the 1st generation and it was sold to a Gurley family member.

          Gonna invest $30,000 for the privilege of holding on to another one? Wouldn’t surprise me.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    If all this keeps too many YouTube videos of the owners son hooning a customers GT from surfacing, Ford wins. The kind of lawyer who can afford one of these isn’t who you want to have find out your car washer / transporter was doing donuts in the mall parking lot.


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