DETROIT - In October, Mercury will begin certifying used vehicles and Lincoln will offer its dealers a revised national certification program.
The two steps are part of Ford Motor Co.'s evolving used-vehicle certification programs that the automaker announced in November 1996.
Mercury dealers will begin offering certified used vehicles Oct. 1. Like Ford Division, Mercury will rely on dealer inspection and certification.
Lincoln is modifying its Lincoln Assured certification program. Among other changes, Lincoln may switch to dealer certification. Currently, Lincoln promotes factory-certified vehicles that are inspected and reconditioned at auto auctions.
Lincoln also is reviewing the Lincoln Assured fees, said company spokesman Joe Koenig. Dealers now pay a $1,250 enrollment fee and $275 per-unit administrative fee.
Lincoln and Mercury expect to certify an estimated 40,000 units annually under the program.
Mercury's program is expected to be similar to the Ford Division program.
Ford Division dealers certify 1994-97 used Ford, Lincoln and Mercury cars and light trucks with fewer than 50,000 miles.
Lincoln certifies vehicles up to 2 years old with fewer than 36,000 miles. Only single-owner vehicles qualify.
Currently, about 1,200 of Ford Division's 4,214 dealers certify vehicles, the company said.