In 1998 I had my first project for Ford. It was a doozie with travel to Mexico and a number of trips to Detroit.
At the time I was a Ford owner. I had a ’94 Bronco, which might be my favorite vehicle of all time.
Naturally, the Ford client was happy to hear that I was an owner. She mentioned that if I was ever contemplating a trade-in I should let her know and she’d enter me in their vendor discount program.
More than ten years passed before I was in the market for another Ford.
I was no longer a vendor to the company but a friend of mine is the son of a Ford retiree. He was able to get me the “friends and neighbors” discount that was very generous. It’s known as The X Plan.
About a month after I bought that Ford, I had a project that needed a full-size truck as a prop. I rang up the salesman in Florissant, Missouri that handled the sale to see if the dealership could rent me a truck for the afternoon. The answer was affirmative.
I picked up the truck in the morning and had it back by the close of business. When I asked what I owed for the rental, the guy said that there was no charge.
That’s quite an extraordinary addition to an already sweet deal.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.