Use of Trademarks in Fiction
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Probably but I would need to understand the full context in which you use this trademark before advising you on this issue. If the specific make and model becomes a significant part of your story line, this could become a problem. You probably should retain IP counsel before making a decision on this.
If your fictional work mentions a trademarked product or service, like Ford Mustang, or Chicago Bears, you're not using it as a trademark, it's just a reference, not competition in commerce that any consumer is going to confuse with the car manufacturer or the pro football team, so it's not trademark infringement.
If you intend to to submit your novel to a literary agent, who is turn will submit it to publishers, they'll require you to contractually agree that your work doesn't infringe on anyone's contractual, copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity, defamation, etc. rights, and to indemnify them from anyone who claims their rights have been violated, and they may or may not offer help with a lawyer and/or an editor to "vet" your work. You may be best off hiring an entertainment lawyer for that purpose, and to copyright the finished book.
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