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An automobile marque of the Ford Motor Company, Mercury was launched in 1938 to market entry- level luxury vehicles. Until it was decommissioned in 2011, Mercury was the brand whose vehicles fit between the Ford and Lincoln brands, Ford being the standard vehicles, Mercury being premium, and Lincoln being luxury vehicles. The name was derived from the Roman messenger god, which also denoted the brand's early focus on performance.

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Mercury Percentage 1 Owner

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Of all used Mercury cars for sale nationwide, 31 percent of Marines, 29 percnet of Milans, and 24 percent of Montegos are 1-owner cars. The Grand Marquis has a reported 19 percent 1-owner cars available. Just 8 percent of Mystiques for sale are 1-owner.

Mercury Annual Percentage Accident Free

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Mercury's accident free rate for all cars is fairly flat for cars between 2002 to 2005 (72 percent rising to 75 percent). For 2011 cars the rate that cars have no reported accidents on their vehicle history is 91 percent.

More About Mercury

The first Mercury was a 1939 Mercury Eight, which sold about 66,000 units its first year. The Mercury brand, which during its span competed directly with the Oldsmobile-Buick and Chrysler brands, was often in flux. Different time periods meant different focus for the brand, sometimes on performance and sometimes on luxury. Often, it was up to the specific vehicle model being considered rather than the brand itself. During one brief point, the brand brought two of its German vehicles to the U.S. under the Merkur name.

During the 2000s, the Mercury brand's sales figures were in steady decline from about 359,000 units in 2000 to just 93,000 unis in 2010 when the announcement for the brand's discontinuation was made. Interestingly, aside from some early models that are highly prized by collectors, the most collectible Mercury vehicles tend to be those of newer make, generally from the 1980s. Notably the 1983 Cougar and 1986 Sable. The final Mercury vehicle to roll off the assembly line was a Grand Marquis on January 4, 2011.