Depends. There's time sitting on the yard at the factory then the time after it hits our lot. Unless it's moved around or test driven the only drive it may have is at predelivery prior to a sale. Usually we see flat spots after a couple months and depending on how wet the climate, rotors start surface rusting immediately. For example, a former employee bought a 2020 Edge from us in May of this year that was built in December 2020. All 4 rotors were pitted to the point machining was going to take them halfway to the minimum spec. He wasn't OK with this so we ended up putting 4 new rotors on at our expense since it was "lot rot" and our responsibility.So how long do you estimate before lot rot becomes an issue? Weeks? Months? Just asking for us that have Bronco's in production purgatory for the last month.
Doesn’t over inflating help with flat spots?Yes, tires get flat spots, worse with the lower profiles. Some will come out of it after driving for awhile, some won’t. Can’t tell you how many dealer trades we got in with pitted rotors and flat spotted tires. Can’t get Ford or other dealer to pay so we pull out the fork and knife and chomp chomp. $1,000 down the drain along with any chance of coming out ahead.
Best we can tell is it has something to do with the nylon cords getting flattened out from sitting in the same position for an extended period of time. It's not a horrible shake but noticeable for the first few miles of driving. Some come out of it, some don't. We've not really tracked if a certain brand is worse than others but seems more prevalent on lower profile tires.Doesn’t over inflating help with flat spots?
It shouldn't be as affected as other products.So far, Bronco isn't affected, but not sure how long that will be the case as we head into 22.
You know, this does sound like a reasonable solution. Anyone that has done a yard campaign knows vehicles don't sit at the factory, they move. I bet this issue is much worse in the south on rubber and worse in the north on rust. Just a guess.I think this plan makes sense. Ford’s lots are getting full, and dealer lots are near empty. Move the almost complete vehicles from the full lots to the empty lots to allow the factory to keep producing vehicles. As long as the dealers don’t have to floorplan them, it seems like a win/win for both Ford and the dealers.
I think they would be in better care at the dealerships. imoWill Ford compensate dealers for storing the vehicles for them?? I know of another automaker who has rented fences, holding lots, extra transport, and security to store their vehicles. Seems like the dealers would be doing ford a huge favor to store/insure them.
I’m sure they would but it would be a burden on the dealership more than anything. Vandalism,hail storms,wind storms. People would come in and look at a vehicle there can’t buy yet. I don’t know what Ford has up their sleeve may be a pre-sale situation. All I’m saying if the dealerships gonna go on a limb like that they better be taken care of by Ford in the form of money or allocations.I think they would be in better care at the dealerships. imo
From what I have seen Ford takes real good care of their business partners..that's just from my experience. I am sure there will be some shared pain.I’m sure they would but it would be a burden on the dealership more than anything. Vandalism,hail storms,wind storms. People would come in and look at a vehicle there can’t buy yet. I don’t know what Ford has up their sleeve may be a pre-sale situation. All I’m saying if the dealerships gonna go on a limb like that they better be taken care of by Ford in the form of money or allocations.