Originally Posted by CajunDodge
Hmmm, this is interesting, though I agree with Tom on this one, the ones shut down should be the first to get theirs back (provided they aren't t'd off so much for having had it stuck to them with a lot full of vehicles and parts inventories, which, by the way, Chrysler insisted on them buying, that they couldn't sell), and provided they also meet the requirements for a franchise. On the flip side, too, though, a franchise, as with any other business, it sometimes is all about location, location, location, and if you don't have the right product for the market you are trying to sell to, then bye bye birdie.
I don't live in a very big city, so there isn't a dealership on every corner, like Baton Rouge, for example, but now, on the western end of my parish, there is no Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge dealer anymore
I understand it from the standpoint of streamlining, but hopefully when they re-ermerge from all this, they will have "streamlined" the bloated and top-heavy parts of the company in order to be leaner and generally more competitive.
One thing these dealers did not tell everyone is that Chrysler sold their complete stock of vehicles for them, they did not lose anything in terms of having to eat the vehicles. Then Chrysler sold the cars for $300.00 each to other dealers for administration fees and shipping costs. You had to buy the vehicles in lots, not one at a time.
Chrysler had the right idea 10 years ago by starting to eliminate vehicles that competed within the Chrysler family. That is what killed GM. They had a vehicle in each line competing within itself. Look at the minivans -Chevy had one, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn. Then look at the SUV's, Chevy, GMC, and Oldsmobile had the same vehicle with a different name and grille.