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https://imgur.com/IwvuzEy

My buddy works for an OEM, and they have periodic briefings from a well known automotive data and consultancy firm that may or may not rhyme with AC Tower. This slide was in one of their recent decks. You are reading that correctly - Compared to 2019, dealer profit has jumped more than 500%.

This cannot, and is not "the market". This is retailers price gouging consumers, plain and simple.

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Hey all! Hope this is interesting to some people. Gonna be kind of a long one. Thanks in Advance for reading!

TL;DR People say Money can't buy happiness. For car guys, that's bullshit.

The Mustang overtook the 911 in sales recently, becoming the most popular sports coupe in Germany. I owned a 2019 Focus ST before, had it in the shop for service, and the dealer hat a Bullitt for display at that time. My dealer gave me that one for the weekend. It was almost factory new, only 200km on it. When I returned it two and a half days later, it was >1.000km, and I was the happiest man I had been in months, since I got my baby cat. I always wanted to own a sports car, and coming from a low middle class background, it always seemed to be unrealistic to ever make that dream come true.

Americans, consider, Mustangs are not very popular in Germany. They are rare, exotic, sports cars. Ford's flagship. There are no low end specs. The EcoBoost started at 40.000€, V8s are >50.000€. Shelbys are only available through import and I have only seen one or two 350s in my life.
This price though is an amazing deal. If you go see your local Mercedes, BMW or Audi dealer and ask for a performance car around 400-500hp with a V8 they'll ask you some six digits. Sure, quality is way higher. I see that every day. But is that worth double the money, when you're aiming for driving experience and fun mainly?

So anyway, I returned the Bullitt on a Monday, got my ST back. On Tuesday I took the morning off and went back to the dealer, told him "let's do some calculations". The same Friday, November 24, 2020, I placed my Order for a green Bullitt. Regular seats because the Recaros are not heated, and with the Magneride. This felt unreal. I was shaking on the way home. I floored the ST, went 270km/h (165mph) on the empty Autobahn. It didn't feel the same. Like i was on half the engine. It was the right decision. The financials were tight, but wouldn't ruin me. For the next months I'd be an excited child on the day before christmas eve. I watched videos, reviews, listened to the sound of the car during work, day by day it got more intense. I could not take it anymore.

Until one day in early March 2021 the dealer called. My car left the ship, it's on the road. They'd need some time for registration and checks, in two weeks I could get it. They just had to replace a door that was damaged during transport, which I didn't care much about. I took hours to choose a license plate. I couldn't work, no chance I'd be able to focus.

Friday, March 26. A call. Come get your car next Wednesday. I called my boss, took the whole week off. I wouldn't get out of that car until Sunday anyway.

And from here on, the fairytail is basically over. I picked it up, signed, sent the money. Went for the first wash - because for some reason, Ford doesn't wash new cars before the handover?!

Oh shit. A scratch. Another one. Oh no. The whole car was fucked up from the long transport. It was so dusty when i got it, I didn't see any of them in the shop. I drove straight back to the shop, pissed as fuck, asking them what the fuck kind of treatment that was for somebody who bought the most expensive car in the portfolio. Guess what? They agreed to fix the paint for free, and I had to take one of their Fiesta rentals until then. 70hp 1.0 3cylinder. I was so mad... Anyway, another two weeks later I got it back. As soon as I start the engine I forgot everything and got a smile wide across my face.

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