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Captain Worley

List of Chrysler delerships closing

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Well, capitalism in action.

Chrysler is simply copying other companies techniques and following what the stock market and not the customers want. They are closing all their smaller locations and condensing to a few big dealerships. Chrysler simply does not have the product or the reputation to draw people to drive for miles to go to one dealer with no chance of haggling. People are simply going to buy the Toyotas and Hondas the big guy sells as well now. Chrysler ends up tanking and Fiat now has to start from scratch. It's the Saturn Syndrome - as soon as their cars were not high demand, the lack of available dealerships crippled sales.

The silver lining in this is it removes bad companies, and will teach later companies (well, not that there are any left as GM is doing the same concurrently) that you can't always just follow the same failed practices time and time again - you have to focus on your product and not your sales people.

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If Chrysler were smart, they would do it as GM is supposedly going to roll things out....by condensing in the metro areas, where they can easily have a dozen dealerships within miles of each other (there is no need for having so many in such a small physical area) and leaving the rural ones open, where they have practically zero competition from the foreign automakers, which mainly operate in the cities.

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Meanwhile, the corporate happy media is telling us that things are getting better. The recession has bottomed out, etc.

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^terminal velocity comes to mind.

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If Chrysler were smart, they would do it as GM is supposedly going to roll things out....by condensing in the metro areas, where they can easily have a dozen dealerships within miles of each other (there is no need for having so many in such a small physical area) and leaving the rural ones open, where they have practically zero competition from the foreign automakers, which mainly operate in the cities.

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The opposite is true, however. The American companies, where you have dealers out in the rural areas where people buy larger cars, have better presence. you can find a GM, a Chrysler, a Ford. good luck finding a Nissan dealer - they are few and far between. People can't and won't travel that far to get a car.

The American companies simply cannot compete in the inner cities areas. They don't buy the American made for living cars. They are looking for nimbleness and a means of carrying a few people. the people who live away from teh cities are looking more for a mobile house on wheels.

The big problem is the larger chain dealers are more interested in sales volume, while the smaller dealers sell more on service. Once the small dedicated dealers are gone, and people are stuck with the chain dealers that don't give a rats patootie about after sales support, the reputation of the American cars is going to plummet even further, sealing their fate.

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ummmm...you just restated the exact thing I said, thus providing no counterpoint to my statement. I suggest you reread what I wrote.

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Since apparently my statement isn't clear to some, here it is in layman terms:

A: GM is LEAVING rural dealerships OPEN. This is SMART, since foreign automakers have virtually ZERO presence there.

B: GM is condensing, meaning, ELIMINATING franchises in the major cities. Obviously the foreign makers don't need a zillion dealerships to compete effectively, they do it through marketing channels. There is absolutely no need for so many.

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The American companies simply cannot compete in the inner cities areas. They don't buy the American made for living cars. They are looking for nimbleness and a means of carrying a few people. the people who live away from teh cities are looking more for a mobile house on wheels......

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