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Old 04-05-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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Just talked to my mechanic, told him I was thinking of
a new 2012 Focus. He said "nice car, did you know that Ford has
a new policy that they will not carry parts for cars more than 10 years old?"

Wow, is this true?


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Old 04-05-2011, 12:58 PM   #2
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For the most part, yes, but the majority of auto manufacturers are the same way.
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I thought that its been like that already?
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Just talked to my mechanic, told him I was thinking of
a new 2012 Focus. He said "nice car, did you know that Ford has
a new policy that they will not carry parts for cars more than 10 years old?"

Wow, is this true?
The Policy is true but it is not a new policy. Keep in mind we are talking about Ford OEM parts not aftermarket parts that one can purchase at any local parts store. Also keep in mind that multiple cars use the same parts. Just because one model ended doesn't mean ten years from that someone can not get parts for that model. They may stop producing the parts but sometimes they have a large enough supply and low demand the supply of parts may last them over ten years. Ford order parts according to demand of the consumer. After ten years there could be a large enough demand for certain parts on the vehicle. So Ford will still have them produced. I hope this helps clarify a few things. I would hate to see someone turn away from car because of a misconception.
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This is definitely a misconception. There is no 10 year policy or any other policy. There are several variables when it comes to how long Ford keeps parts available. Supply, demand, and cost are all factors. Some parts go obsolete within a few years, some parts are still available after 30 years. Ford is really solely concerned with supplying parts through the warranty period of the vehicle. After that, if the demand isn't there, or the cost to manufacture that part is too high, it dies off. Most parts don't even last 10 years. Most interior parts (seat covers, trim pieces, etc) are gone after 5.

I've been in the Ford parts business since '96. I've seen some pretty cool parts come and go. It seems the best parts are the quickest to die off. Those are usually the unique limited special package type parts (SVT, ST, Cobra, etc). There just isn't a high demand for those parts for Ford to continually have them produced. Very few parts are actually made by FoMoCo, they're sub'd out and made by Vendors for Ford in bulk quantities. If the demand isn't there for another "batch" to be made, then that part number is discontinued. There are other factors as well, but that's generally the end result.
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This is definitely a misconception. There is no 10 year policy or any other policy. There are several variables when it comes to how long Ford keeps parts available. Supply, demand, and cost are all factors. Some parts go obsolete within a few years, some parts are still available after 30 years. Ford is really solely concerned with supplying parts through the warranty period of the vehicle. After that, if the demand isn't there, or the cost to manufacture that part is too high, it dies off. Most parts don't even last 10 years. Most interior parts (seat covers, trim pieces, etc) are gone after 5.

I've been in the Ford parts business since '96. I've seen some pretty cool parts come and go. It seems the best parts are the quickest to die off. Those are usually the unique limited special package type parts (SVT, ST, Cobra, etc). There just isn't a high demand for those parts for Ford to continually have them produced. Very few parts are actually made by FoMoCo, they're sub'd out and made by Vendors for Ford in bulk quantities. If the demand isn't there for another "batch" to be made, then that part number is discontinued. There are other factors as well, but that's generally the end result.
But don't certain components by law have to keep for a minimum time span?
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But don't certain components by law have to keep for a minimum time span?
Emissions (sensors/cat converters) and Safety equipment (seat belts/air bags, etc). 8 years/80,000 miles. After that, no.
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Emissions (sensors/cat converters) and Safety equipment (seat belts/air bags, etc). 8 years/80,000 miles. After that, no.
How can ford warranty a vehicle for up to 7 seven years practically bumper to bumper (Excluded wear items) ? Wouldn't it be a breach of contract if they didn't have the parts?
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How can ford warranty a vehicle for up to 7 seven years practically bumper to bumper (Excluded wear items) ? Wouldn't it be a breach of contract if they didn't have the parts?
7 < 10 So it's all good.

It's all explained above. It's about demand and finances. If somehow your 10+ year old car was still under warranty, they'd have to find a way to fix it. But that can't really happen. Still, after 10 years if there was enough demand either Ford will still be making parts, or some other third party will be. Or you buy used.
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7 < 10 So it's all good.

It's all explained above. It's about demand and finances. If somehow your 10+ year old car was still under warranty, they'd have to find a way to fix it. But that can't really happen. Still, after 10 years if there was enough demand either Ford will still be making parts, or some other third party will be. Or you buy used.
You can get an extended warranty on a used Ford Vehicle. So technically it will cover them for up to ten years if you put it on a three year old car.
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