Join Date: May 2011
Location: Delray Beach, Fl USA
I am an early buyer that chose a very basic spec on my car.. It was not about the money but rather my preference for a basic car ..the point is that the 650s may not appeal to all. I personally would not opt for this car from what little I know about it at this time..I don't like some of the design treatments..
So..for me personally, if McLaren were to offer a VERY inexpensive ( N/C if possible ) extended warranty for an additional 2 years , I think it would solve many issues.
One- demonstrates McLarens confidence in the manufacture of the early cars,...fact is most cars still have minimal mileage so extending the time should not be an issue...reality is someone could drive the doors off the car and be covered on an unlimited mileage 3 year campaign..So why not step up and cover the early cars for an additional 2 years..on low mileage cars
Two-this would be attractive to those interested in buying pre-owned and make the cars more valuable..If qtys are limited (not discontinued) and coverages were extended , I think the resale market could stabilize and those that want an even less expensive vehicle could wait for the baby mac..
Three- If 650s is 40-50K more expensive..their would be room for the 3 iterations...Every owner is not a track enthusiast ( seeking extra 25HP) and like Porsche their are numerous power alternatives with similar body configuration..It works.
So. imho, if McLaren made a gesture by standing behind the MP4-12c with extended warranty, slowed but not discontinued production, have price spread of $40-50K between MP4-12c and 650s ..I for one would not feel jilted..I like my car, the swiped doors and the fixes are behind her for now...
A strategy for retail is critical going forward but that is necessary whether McLaren has 2,3 or 4 models in the marketplace...It is in their best interest to be respectful of resale values if they want owners to re-enter the market for future models..Noone likes taking a beating..respectable depreciation is to be expected but it is a ltd production car and themarketing strategy should support this...I
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