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According to the latest bankruptcy court filings by Chrysler, the company plans to cut 789 dealerships (one quarter of the current dealer network) in an effort to emerge as a financially viable company.

The company sent out overnight letters to the dealerships that will be eliminated.

As expected in bankruptcy, Chrysler will not buy-back the vehicles, tools or parts, but it will put the dealerships in touch with surviving dealers who can then work out a purchase.

Chrysler also plans to push ahead with a plan to put all of its brands under one roof. Currently 68 percent of dealerships carry Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep products, but after the 789 are closed, that number will rise to 80 percent.

There appears to be even more strategy involved as well as 345 of the dealerships being shut down (or roughly 44 percent) also sell vehicles from a competing brand.

Steven Landry, Chrysler's VP of Sales, spoke optimistically about the future of the 789 dealerships, stating that 83 percent of the businesses sell more used cars than new and that half of them sell fewer than 100 cars per year. "The majority of these dealerships are going to continue on and prosper either selling used cars or other brands," he said.

The 789 dealerships will receive a 23 business day court review of their individual situation.

More: Chrysler to Close 789 Dealerships by June 9th on AutoGuide.com
 

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Anyone needing to get a Cummins or any Chrysler Dodge Jeep vehicle serviced or looking for Warranty repairs please visit us in Golden Colorado, Christopher's Dodge World. We have some great pricing on our web site just for Cummins owners. www.cdodge.com check out the service specials or e-mail [email protected]
 

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I dropped my truck off at one of the axed dealerships this morning for warranty work not even thinking about them being one of those that got cut. Well, at 10:30 they called me and said I had to come get my truck because they couldn't do the work.

Fortunately they sent my parts to a dealership about 12 miles away and they are going to do the work next friday.

Bummer deal all around. Nice to see our tax dollars at work
 

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I'm on Maui with the one and only Chrysler dealer who is closing. Now I wonder what will I do when I need warranty work? I even purchased the extended warranty:banghead::banghead::banghead::banghead:
 

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Wow that is a bad deal in Hawaii. Here is what I would do, first call Chrysler at 1-800-992-1997 and ask them what you should do, I would think they would reimburse you reasonable costs to have repairs done by an independent as long as they used Mopar parts. No promises from me but all they can do is say yes or no. By the way if you get a customer service rep. that speaks poor English hang up and call back or ask for another . rep. Good luck and keep me posted as to the outcome. You may have to call the president as he did say they would assume the warranty in his last speech and he also said Chrysler would survive.:thumbsup:
 

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I forgot to add Chrysler Service contracts will and has reimbursed customers that have a failure and the repairs were covered. They will also pay independent facilities over the phone via credit card, but I remind you prior approval must be obtained. Chrysler Service contracts is a great warranty company, been using them for 23 years and never had a problem. There brochure says if you are unable to obtain service from an authorized dealer call 1-800-521-9922. My best to you.....Gene
 

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I forgot to add Chrysler Service contracts will and has reimbursed customers that have a failure and the repairs were covered. They will also pay independent facilities over the phone via credit card, but I remind you prior approval must be obtained. Chrysler Service contracts is a great warranty company, been using them for 23 years and never had a problem. There brochure says if you are unable to obtain service from an authorized dealer call 1-800-521-9922. My best to you.....Gene
Thanks for your help Gene:headbang:

Just got off the phone with Chrysler Service Contract ( 1-800-992-1997 ). Spoke with Rick and explained to him my (our) situation here on Maui that we are unable to just put our vehicles on a barge and ship it to Windward Dodge on Oahu. He does not have an answer to this situation but says he and a few others will be working on getting our service needs. For now we are still screwed
 

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well my mod approved dealer is closing. :(
 

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Any Canadian Dealers getting the axe?? May I suggest Derrick Dodge in Edmonton AB??
 

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This sucks bad! My local small town Dodge dealer "Meyer Auto Sales" is owned and serviced by my wife's family. This dealership was started in 1928 by my wife's great grandfather, then ran by her grandfather and then my father in law took over in the early 1960's when his father died of cancer. The dealership got it's notice that they will loose their franchise. This came only a few weeks after my wife's grandmother passed away, she had been the dealerships book keeper untill se was in her 80's. This is not some huge opperation, this is a company where if you needed a car or truck you delt with the owner, not some salesman. When you needed service you delt with my wife's uncle's or her brother's and the bodyshop was run by another uncle and he did most of the painting. This is trully a family opperation. The dealership prided itself in having the "Five Star" award for almost as long as it has been available. These guys are the reason that I switched to Dodge from GM when I bought my first used Cummins in 1997. Saddly only weeks after hearing that they would loose their contract with Dodge, my father in law Lynn Meyer died of sudden heart trouble while at his birthday party on May 23. Days later at the funeral home over 1,300 guests showed up to pay their respects. As we stood in line talking to these guests I was amazed at the hundreds of people who introduced themself as "just customers". I have bought a lot of products over the years but I have never recieved service that was so good that I went to a funeral for one of the owners. These customers knew how different this dealership is. I think that Chrysler has made a huge mistake in their decision to close these small dealerships that could not have been costing them much money. If Chrysler had more dealerships like Meyer Auto Sales it would not be in the trouble they are in. If you are in the Ft.Wayne IN. area give these guys a call. They have a huge wealth of knowedge of all dodge cars and trucks, along with the type of personal service that Chrysler can't take away by pulling their dealership.
 

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This sucks bad! My local small town Dodge dealer "Meyer Auto Sales" is owned and serviced by my wife's family. This dealership was started in 1928 by my wife's great grandfather, then ran by her grandfather and then my father in law took over in the early 1960's when his father died of cancer. The dealership got it's notice that they will loose their franchise. This came only a few weeks after my wife's grandmother passed away, she had been the dealerships book keeper untill se was in her 80's. This is not some huge opperation, this is a company where if you needed a car or truck you delt with the owner, not some salesman. When you needed service you delt with my wife's uncle's or her brother's and the bodyshop was run by another uncle and he did most of the painting. This is trully a family opperation. The dealership prided itself in having the "Five Star" award for almost as long as it has been available. These guys are the reason that I switched to Dodge from GM when I bought my first used Cummins in 1997. Saddly only weeks after hearing that they would loose their contract with Dodge, my father in law Lynn Meyer died of sudden heart trouble while at his birthday party on May 23. Days later at the funeral home over 1,300 guests showed up to pay their respects. As we stood in line talking to these guests I was amazed at the hundreds of people who introduced themself as "just customers". I have bought a lot of products over the years but I have never recieved service that was so good that I went to a funeral for one of the owners. These customers knew how different this dealership is. I think that Chrysler has made a huge mistake in their decision to close these small dealerships that could not have been costing them much money. If Chrysler had more dealerships like Meyer Auto Sales it would not be in the trouble they are in. If you are in the Ft.Wayne IN. area give these guys a call. They have a huge wealth of knowedge of all dodge cars and trucks, along with the type of personal service that Chrysler can't take away by pulling their dealership.
Well, on the up side, now you will be able to go to the big multi dealer owned dealerships where they only care about bleeding every last dime they can out of you.
I really dont understand this closing dealers thing. Dealers are independently owned, are they not? So the dealership itself costs dodge nothing.

The only thing a small dealer does is take a few sales away from the mega dealers, right?
WOOP there it is.

Ill only buy Fords or Saturns from now on.
(Penske buying Saturn)
 

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That really stinks. These smaller dealers are paying for Chryslers mistakes. You buy a business and run it successfully for years, and someone says sorry we're taking your business away, and we're not going to give you anything for it. The remaining dealers should be forced to share the load of at least buying out their inventory.
 
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