Randy May Family in Hillsboro Oregon

December 10, 2009

Chrysler Dealers still on the Rocks. Can They Make it?

Filed under: Automotive — rmay4 @ 9:01 pm

For many who thought they were out of the woods, maybe not so much!  Read after the break.

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Source: Automotive News
Chrysler could lose 100 more dealerships
Automotive News | November 20, 2009 – 12:01 am EST
DETROIT (Reuters) — More than 100 Chrysler Group U.S. dealerships face possible closure if they cannot reach new financing deals with GMAC Financial Services or another lender, people involved in the process said.

Still, the automaker was “optimistic” all or nearly all of the dealerships would find financing for vehicle inventories and other expenses by the end of November whether through GMAC or other lenders, Chrysler spokeswoman Kathy Graham said.

Chrysler emerged from a government-funded bankruptcy in June with about 2,400 dealerships and had 2,366 at the end of October, about right for its expected 2010 sales, she said.

Some 1,500 Chrysler dealerships sought financing through GMAC, which replaced Chrysler Financial as preferred lender to the dealerships in April, while the rest made other deals.

While most of the applications have been approved or are expected to be approved, GMAC has rejected 83 dealerships and up to 60 remain under consideration, GMAC spokesman Tony Sapienza said.

Chrysler optimistic

Graham said 10 percent to 20 percent of the roughly 140 dealerships had already found alternatives to GMAC.

“We are optimistic that none of them are going to have to close,” Graham said on Thursday.

Graham said Chrysler had no plans to end franchise agreements with the dealerships, but the automaker could do little to save them if they could not find financing.

During Chrysler’s bankruptcy, the automaker terminated nearly 800 dealerships in an effort to reduce the network to a size that could be supported by its U.S. market share.

GMAC is partly owned by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management LP and General Motors Co. while Chrysler is now under management control of Italy’s Fiat S.p.A. Cerberus owns Chrysler Financial.


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