Thursday, July 31, 2014

Langford Ford Dealership To Be Sold To Competitor

"Y'all Spoken Here" Tagline As Famous As The Langford Kids

LABELLE, FL. -- Many decades of Langford Ford customers will be greeted with a new owner after the end of August at the Ford dealership at 851 South Main Street in LaBelle.

Doug Plattner, of Plattner's LaBelle Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram will soon officially take over LaBelle's landmark Ford dealership.

Plattner will now own both new car dealerships in western Hendry county and sell both Ford products and Chrysler. He also owns many new car dealerships around Florida including Southwest Florida dealership in Belle Glade and one in Arcadia.

Pat Langford, growing up working at the local dealership, and Hendry School Board member said the just completed sales contact calls for no changes in personnel for the first 90 days of Plattner's ownership.

Langford hopes for continued success for the dealership under the new ownership. The Langford children were famous for years as the cute kids featured in all the dealership advertising.

Langford Ford has enjoyed a good relationship with it's customers and excellent reviews of customer's buying experiences are found online including: "I am happy to say they had the best price around, the sales people were friendly and informative but definitely not pushy," said Stacy Tollison.

Randy Parrish said, "I never feel any pressure to buy when dealing with Langford Ford and always feel that I am getting a fair deal."

Langford Ford has been under the leadership of corporate officers Paul and Patrick Langford for many years and featured ads promising no "dealer fees" added to car prices. (Plattner's dealerships always add a dealer fee of many hundreds of dollars to each new or used car price.)

In recent months, Langford has discontinued advertising in the local newspaper, while Plattner has placed full page ads for it's two dealerships.

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous9:48 AM

    Perhaps Pat Langford should use the money from the sale to help repay all the shareholders of FCB that he and the board mislead. Many people depended on dividends from their holdings and now it's gone. How many of the board members have felt that pain? Not many that's for sure.

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  2. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Public beware. Doug Plattner is the most disreputable dealer in the entire state of Florida with a plethora of law suits from customers and employees alike. He sells lemon law vehicles and you will not find out until you trade the vehicle in. If you are an employee rest assured you will not see your money.

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  3. Anonymous3:56 PM

    IT IS TRULY A SAD DAY THAT FORD HAS LET THIS MAN HAVE ONE OF THEIR STORES. I THOUGHT THAT FORD CARED MORE ABOUT THEIR REPUTATION THEN TO ALLOW SCUM LIKE PLATTNER ATTACH HIS NAME TO ONE OF THEIR STORES.

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  4. Anonymous10:51 AM

    This "No dealer fees" that Lanford Ford is a complete lie. All the vehicles that Langford Ford sold had a hidden $750 fee attached that was used for their lemon cars that had for example a bad transmission or something major. As far as Platner, they do not hide their prices from people and if your eligible you could buy at invoice....their profits come from the dealer holdback and dealer fees. I have found the Ford product personally to be a piece of junk and found the dodge/Chrysler product fantastic!

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  5. Anonymous7:36 PM

    Paul Langford ran the dealership into the ground. Up to 2004 it was a great place to get your car serviced. But Paul got rid of the best service manger that place ever had.

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