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Sales of new Chrysler vehicles are down between 1 and 8 percent, depending on which brand you're looking at, but sales of the Pentastar rides referred to as Brand Spankin' Used are the best ever. Five-Star Chrysler dealers moved 10,204 Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles in August, a 5 percent increase over 2006. Particularly popular choices are the Chrysler Pacifica and the Dodge Magnum, those models seeing increases of 24 and 26 percent, respectively. CPO cars from any manufacturer are often a good bet, as they're typically a maximum of 5 years old and must undergo a more rigorous inspection than they might at another sales outlet. Chrysler's comprehensive 8 year, 80,000 mile warranty doesn't hurt, either. How could you deny the allure of a 300C that's delivered its depreciation hit to someone else, comes in cherry condition (Five-Star dealers typically wholesale anything that's not approaching pristine), and has a better warranty than many new cars? Now all Chrysler has to do is build more compelling cars that people will be clamoring for, even used.

Press release after the jump

[Source: Chrysler, LLC] {C}

Chrysler LLC Continues Record Streak of Certified Pre-owned Vehicle (CPOV) Sales in August 2007

Auburn Hills, Mich., Sep 7, 2007 - Chrysler LLC reported that its Five Star® dealers sold a new record of 10,204 Certified Pre-owned Vehicles (CPOV) in August 2007, a 5 percent increase from August 2006 sales of 9,713 units. For the month, Chrysler brand sales dipped 3 percent to 3,201 units; Jeep® brand sales spiked 19 percent to 2,890 units and Dodge brand sales rose 3 percent to 4,113 units.

Year-to-date Chrysler is the only domestic auto company to grow its market share in the non-luxury certified segment, the fastest growing automotive segment in the U.S. Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge year-to-date 2007 sales set a record by rising 7 percent to 84,845 units, versus 2006 sales of 79,050 units. Select vehicles with marked sales improvement include the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Magnum, which increased 24 and 26 percent year-over-year, respectively.

"With the right combination of great certified pre-owned Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge products and knowledgeable dealer partners to communicate those benefits to our customers, Chrysler CPOV sales are on the right track in 2007," said Peter Grady, Director - Remarketing. "Moving into September, our dealers are positioned to close the third quarter in record fashion."

Chrysler LLC offers one of the most comprehensive Certified Pre-owned Vehicle programs in the industry. For a vehicle to be certified under Chrysler's used-vehicle program, it must be a 2002 through 2007 model pre-owned vehicle with less than 65,000 miles and pass a stringent 125-point mechanical, safety and condition standard inspection. Chrysler CPO vehicles are backed by an eight-year/80,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, 24-hour, 365-day full roadside assistance with a $35 per day rental car allowance and a three-month or 3,000-mile Maximum Care warranty, in addition to a Carfax Vehicle History Report and buyback guarantee.

Marketed as "Brand Spankin' Used®" Chrysler CPO vehicles are sold only through Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealerships that have earned the automaker's Five Star certification. Five Star certification is a comprehensive validation of the dealership's facilities, operational processes, salesperson and technician training accreditation as well as customer satisfaction survey ratings. Approximately 2,000 Chrysler dealerships in the United States are certified Five Star dealers.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wasn't there a story back near the beginning of Summer about Chrysler moving their new 2006 models that remained unsold to their used car lots to reduce consumer confusion over the various models and their changes. And get them off the lot!

      Chances are these are the vehicles that are giving this"boost" in sales.
      • 7 Years Ago
      who needs that old Durando, possible the ugliest US made SUV....after Aztek.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Dodge's own Nitro is uglier than the Durango.
      David in PA
      • 7 Years Ago
      TriShield, how do you conclude they let the Pacifica "wither"?? It was new in 2004 and just upgraded for 2007 with a better powertrain and some new styling cues which one may or may not like...but come on...NO manufacturer does a complete redesign of any vehicle after just 3 model years. A redesign is probaly in the works but certainly not before 2009.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @David in PA
        Previously posted:

        TriShield, how do you conclude they let the Pacifica "wither"?? It was new in 2004 and just upgraded for 2007 with a better powertrain and some new styling cues which one may or may not like...but come on...NO manufacturer does a complete redesign of any vehicle after just 3 model years. A redesign is probaly in the works but certainly not before 2009.

        This is all true except for the last sentence. The Pacifica is getting the AXE next year. Go figure.
        Oh yea, kind of partial here as I own a 2004 AWD Pacifica and have had it for 3 years and 10 months and I LOVE IT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Pacifica was easily the nicest Chrysler in years when it debuted. Stylish, nice interior, good package. It's amazing how they let that vehicle whither and won't even redesign it even though crossovers are hot. It would have been much wiser to bring a new Pacifica to market than to waste that money on two ugly, car-based Jeeps.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe this has something to with used sales being up??

      "Chrysler calling 2006 models 'used' to unload them":
      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/06/20/chrysler-calling-2006-models-used-to-unload-them/
        • 7 Years Ago
        My thought exactly when I saw this headline. Thanks for linking to the article.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ever since I looked at a CPO Acura CL (many years back) I think of CPO programs as a joke. This particular one had a broken headlight mount and obvious repaint on the front bumper. It was then that I noticed that the rear wheels had brand spankin' new SNOW tires on (in July). The salesman had no explanation until we opened the trunk. There it was in all its Certified Glory - a blown out mud covered tire on a bent rim.
      In my estimation the previous owner had launched this vehicle off the road somehow and the stealership then "certified" this vehicle! HAH!
      "CPO cars from any manufacturer are often a good bet, as they're typically a maximum of 5 years old and must undergo a more rigorous inspection than they might at another sales outlet." Real rigurous, they left the freakin evidence in the trunk. I could only imagine what happened to the suspension, let alone the frame.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Why buy used? The local dealer was advertising a brand new 07 PT for 9499 with a/c and auto. They had a used 05 for the exact same price! Used isn't always a better buy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Whoops, Dan Roth:

      Looks like the last sentence of the above piece was a very cheap shot. You are pretty good at that. What brand of car do you drive/lease?

        • 7 Years Ago
        BTW, my personal cars are a pair of Volvo S60s. One a T5, one a 2.4T, both 2001s.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're reading too much into it. It wasn't a cheap shot - I just meant that Chrysler needs to continue to build cars that get people excited about them. The LX platform certainly has that cachet, as do some Jeeps. The Journey holds promise, the Caliber SRT will have plenty of fans, and the new vans look like they're once again competitive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not sure if everyone is aware of the tactics being used by Chrysler to get rid of the smaller dealers that have been with them for over 50 years. They are cutting off floor plan monies and are basically trying any tactics the can come up with to get them to close their point. For a company that likes to brag about their history through commercials, they are hanging many dealers that have helped make them into what they are today, out to dry!
      • 7 Years Ago
      "How could you deny the allure of a 300C that's delivered its depreciation hit to someone else"

      Same way as you deny it's allure with a new one...just look at the interior. Ugh.
      • 7 Years Ago
      My wife and I bought an '06 PT under the CPO. Came with the 8/80 Powertrain but we negotiated bumper/bumper for a relative song. A terrific deal.

      (I'll qualify this purchase that it was for my wife's mom.)
      • 7 Years Ago
      We just bought a 2005 Grand Caravan with the stow and go seats $10,700 on the road. The vehicle does have 72000 miles on it, but we don`t drive more than 6000 a year.
      Our last van was a 1999 Grand Voyager. It was the best vehicle we owned. Bought it in 02 with 67000 miles on it. Traded it with 97000 miles on it this year.

      With Chryslers new Lifetime drive trane warranty, I really wanted to buy a new vehicle and drive the wheels off it.

      Its going to be interesting to watch Chrysler. I hope they can get up and start running like hell.
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