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Ford Offering Large Incentives This Month

So far this year, most car makers are offering fewer incentives compared to last year. Ford seems to be the only exception.

According to Edmunds.com, Ford is the only major manufacturer to increase incentives this year. Toyota and Honda are expected to join Ford, but not before their inventory levels have fully recovered - probably May or June.

In the meantime, Ford is upping the ante this month by offering large cash-back rebates as well as 0% APR rates on several popular vehicles.

The following is a list of the largest incentives currently offered for 2012 model year vehicles and leftover models. These are all good through April 2, 2012.

Keep in mind that incentives in your local area may vary. Use the CarWoo service to get pricing and detailed incentives in your local area.

2012 Models Rebate
2012 Ford Expedition $3,000
2012 Ford Mustang $3,000
2012 Ford F-450 Super Duty $3,000
2012 Lincoln Navigator $3,000
2012 Lincoln MKS $2,500
2012 Ford Flex $2,000
2012 Ford F-150 $2,000
2012 Ford Escape $1,500
2012 Ford Focus $1,500
2012 Lincoln MKZ $1,500
2012 Lincoln MKT $1,000
2012 Lincoln MKX $1,000
2012 Ford Explorer $1,000
2012 Ford Edge $1,000
Leftover Models Max Rebate
2011 Lincoln Town Car $4,000
2011 Ford F-450 Super Duty $3,500
2011 Ford Expedition $3,000
2011 Lincoln Navigator $3,000
2011 Ford Econoline$2,500
2011 Ford Taurus$2,500
2011 Lincoln MKS $2,500
2011 Ford Ranger $2,500
2011 Ford F-150 $2,000
2011 Ford Edge $1,500
2011 Lincoln MKX $1,500

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