BREAKING: Burien's Millennium Ford Is No Longer Selling New Cars
If you want to buy a new Ford in Burien, youâ€™re out of luck. Instead, youâ€™ll have to drive to Horizon Ford in Tukwila or Sound Ford in Renton.
No, Millennium Ford at 14500 1st Ave. S. hasnâ€™t closed its doors. But itâ€™s no longer a new car dealership.
Thatâ€™s right. A third dealership on Burienâ€™s â€œauto rowâ€ â€“ long a major anchor of the cityâ€™s economy â€“ is undergoing a major change in less than two years.
In March 2009, Burien Nissan was closed by the company and its inventory was repossessed (read our previous coverage here). Earlier, BBC Dodge closed, only to reopen later as a used car â€“ not new car â€“ dealership.
Now, Millennium Ford sells only used cars.
According to an industry source, an unconfirmed rumor suggests that Millennium Fordâ€™s new car sales have been declining. Ford responded by taking both its new vehicles and parts back from the dealer and transferring them to Horizon Ford, located at 11000 Tukwila International Blvd.
Currently, if you call Millennium Ford and ask for the parts department, you are connected to the parts department at Horizon Ford in Tukwila.
And if you call Millennium and get put on hold, youâ€™ll hear this recording:
â€œMillennium Ford is your used car superstore.â€
Another industry rumor says Sound Ford may acquire Millennium Ford and rename it Sound Ford West, which would become a Ford parts and service satellite center but would continue to sell only used cars.
An economic downside for Burien is that, while this auto row dealership remains open, once again there is no longer a sales tax benefit to the city from new car sales. Those receipts now go to Tukwila and Renton.
The B-Town Blog was unable to reach Ford for comment Monday (March 22). But I did go into Millennium Ford, where it was confirmed that they now sell used cars only. Although I was directed to the manager, he provided no other answers and became impatient as I was leaving my contact information for the owner â€“ who had not called by late afternoon.
When I called Horizon Ford and asked for the general manager, I was connected with someone who identified himself as Frank. He confirmed that Horizon now has Fordâ€™s new car inventory and the parts that had been at Millennium, but did not provide any other information. He also declined to give his last name.