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Ford Patent Filed For Vehicle Resale Value Evaluation System

Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a vehicle resale value evaluation system, Ford Authority has learned.

The patent was filed on September 17th, 2020, published on March 17th, 2022, and assigned serial number 0084080.

The Ford Authority Take

Competition in the used car market has heated up recently as Ford and a number of other automakers launch certified pre-owned marketplaces online to compete with the likes of CarMax and Carvana. FoMoCo’s own answer to this – Ford Blue Advantage – launched early last year and immediately proved useful for participating dealers amid inventory shortages and gives customers a comprehensive way to shop for a used vehicle without leaving the comfort of their homes.

This new Ford patent aims to build upon that program by making it quicker and easier to value used vehicles using connected vehicle data. A computer would be able to pull and analyze diagnostic codes from vehicles and calculate a resale price based on the model’s make, year, mileage, trim, and other factors, with any potential mechanical repairs baked into that price.

It’s a potentially useful and interesting idea given how competitive the used vehicle market has become, one that could presumably save the automaker money and assign more accurate values to those vehicles prior to them being resold. It also builds upon Ford’s heavy investment into connected vehicle technology. FoMoCo is aiming to have 32 million connected vehicles on the road by 2028, and that same technology figures to play a big role in generating revenue for the automaker via subscriptions or even saving money by providing more accurate valuations, too, as is the case with this recent Ford patent.

We’ll have more on this and all Ford patents soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford trademark news, Ford business news, and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. David Dickinson

    The whole idea of connected vehicles is a terrible idea. The consumer is the one that will suffer, and Big Data will be laughing all the way to the bank. Congress has never passed any data protection rights for citizens so we are at the mercy of manufacturers and software developers who are going to harvest our information and sell it. Seeing Ford poach another key Apple employee tells me they are “all in” on creating a massive Ford customer surveillance network (like Tesla) using all their products.

  2. gimmickking

    Sounds a touch gimmicky.

  3. NCEcoBoost

    Sounds like a lot of folks working at Ford have an absurd amount of free time on their hands to pudder away on meaningless patents by the boatload lately. How totally embarrassing.
    That’s exactly how we also got to all this autonomy and EV nonsense. And all the tech that hardly anyone uses or wants. Pathetic.

    1. Zizou

      And what exactly are you doing with all your time? Furiously commenting about tech?

  4. Michael

    Wait until the day that Ford ( and other automakers ) blackmail you into buying monthly subscriptions to operate ( or even get into ) your car. Toyota tried to do that with certain functions, and everyone else stood up and took notice, including Ford, who have predicted that they will make like $26 billion off of subscription services in the future. Not only are they ripping you off on the price of a vehicle ( to me they are deliberately cutting production to keep vehicles scarce to keep the price up ), but charge you every month ( or maybe even the government charging you when, where, and how far you drive ) to operate it. Uncontrolled greed.

    1. Scott

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Michael!!

    2. David Dickinson

      Yep, I recall BMW launched a monthly subscription service for their heated seats. They want to get you coming and going.

    3. P.R.Ford

      It’s ok with me if they’re purposely slowing production. I’m not in the market for a new truck, but my current F-150 Platinum gets getting more valuable.

  5. Tom Turecek

    What if the codes generated are from faulty parts, poor quality on the part of Ford? Will it differentiate between warranty work and customer abuse. It sounds like a way to low ball trade in values. Although it could be useful in data collection and Lemon harvesting by model or component.

    1. David Dickinson

      Any time you have a complex system into which the consumer has no transparency, you are creating an environment ripe for fraud. I suspect your lowball comment is spot on.

    2. P.R.Ford

      If you’re trading-in your vehicle, you’re already lowballing yourself.


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