September is a month of warm weather, shorter days, school, and this year, the death of Mercury. According to a new report from Automotive News, Mercury will be shut down in September, before all the big holidays. The website is stating that it has three dealers that have confirmed this to be true.
The ancient Grand Marquis will be going on Sept 30th, the Mountaineer on October 1st, the Milan on Oct 2nd, and the Mariner on Oct 3rd. After that, the 71-year-old brand will be gone for good.
Ford has yet to release any dates on the Mercury shutdown since it was announced on June 2. Dealers submitted their final orders last month and those should take around 30 days to process. There are around 1,712 dealerships that carry at least one other brand, so it looks like many of the dealerships will survive.
Ford has offered dealers with Mercury a cash settlement, but they won’t get their money until they sell all the remaining models on the lot. So, if you’re looking for a good deal, Mercury might have some.