I highly doubt it. So do they pay to have to motor removed from your car by your dealer and shipped to them so they can expect it? Or they just trust your word or the word of the dealer?
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My guess is they call the dealer and Ford,get pictures from them and talk to the tech. Then they decide whether to fly someone out to look at it. The conversation between BAMA and a Ford engineer wont be like the responses you get from Ford. Ford tells you "We decided its broken and we don't have to give technical details,now pay up or go away" BAMA is going to have someone that can speak their language,and want real facts,like pictures of the damage. If not,they will get the lawyers involved. You have to pay a fortune for a lawyer. BAMA pays about the same as Ford does. At the end of the day,Ford and BAMA probably decide how much the lawyers are going to cost,what the risk of each side losing is if they go to court,and settle the case based on that with each side paying part of the cost.
Companies may play games when they can to make people just go away,because they know threats of lawyers `are empty. However,if they really know that its going to come to that,they do whats in their own interests and settle it.
As an example,I had a car that Hyundai was buying back as a lemon. They had agreed to do it without me having to get a lawyer. (it was that bad of a car) After waiting months for the replacement to come in,they inspected the old car and found a couple of scratches on the hood. They wanted me to pay to have the hood repainted. I told them I was not paying it. The scratches were normal wear on a six month old car,which they I had no choice but to drive while they took their time about getting me a replacement. They said I either had to pay it or they would not replace the car. I threatened to take it to court. They said "you will lose"
I explained "No,I will not,I wont be suing you over the scratches. At this point it looks like we cannot come to an agreement over the replacement of the vehicle. I have a document from you admitting the vehicle is a lemon and that it should be replaced. The vehicle was in the shop more than four times with the same problem AND more than 30 days. Its a lemon. At the end of it all,maybe the court agrees with you,and orders you to pay me the price of the car minus the cost of painting the hood,and you pay my lawyer. Or maybe they agree with me,and you pay me the entire value of my car,and you pay my lawyer. Either way,you pay my lawyer,and it will be a lot more than painting the hood."
She said she had to talk to her supervisor. This was on a Friday afternoon. On Monday,they called me back and we set up a day for me to drop off my car and pick up the replacement.
The moral of the story is,they DO pay attention to threats of legal action,but only if they are plausible. In my case,I had kept on this for over six months,they knew I was not going away,and they knew I would take it to court if necessary. They also knew I was right and no matter which way it went,they would have to pay more in legal fees than they would save by making me pay for repainting the hood. In the case of BAMA and Ford having a dispute,they KNOW BAMA will have lawyers just like they do,and use them when appropriate,so it just comes down to how each side can minimize their losses in a mutually agreeable way.
Sometimes, I see cops with their backs turned writing tickets. When I drive by I can see them stick their heads up,and sniff the air,catching a whiff of exhaust and burning rubber,the crimson smell of speed,telling them a Race Red Mustang is somewhere nearby!
2012 Race Red GT, Kenwood Navigation system with Metra dash kit,GT500 steering wheel,Steering wheel buttons INCLUDING BT enabled,Takeoff leather seats with seat heaters.