I need a new car. My wife decided that although we had wonderful success with Toyota for our last few cars that she wanted to "buy American". So I went to the local Ford dealership in Maryland and decided on a Ford Focus. When the salesman was writing up the deal he did not budge from his quoted price which I thought was a bit odd given the current state of the economy and car companies in particular. But the kicker came when he told me that I would be "penalized" for paying cash. Yes, you got that right. It seems Ford is offering a $2,500 rebate on purchases, but only if you finance through Ford credit. For paying cash I would only receive a $2,000 rebate. In all my days as a financial analyst I never heard of such a thing. Then this creep would not even bend on the price. Needless to say I walked out. Is it any wonder that American car companies are on the ropes. Sorry for the profanity, but to Ford Motor – Fuck You!!! I'll take my money and visit Toyota or Honda.