• May 15th 2009 at 2:59PM
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Click above to view and explore Chrysler's dealer rejections nationwide and in your town

There's no easy to way to put it: Chrysler's bankrupt. The only way for the Auburn Hills-based automaker to emerge from bankruptcy is to make some drastic moves. Fortunately, filing for Chapter 11 allows a company to do drastic things without the same repercussions that a solvent company would normally experience. Chrysler took advantage of this fact yesterday when it announced the rejection of 789 dealers nationwide. That's about 25% of Chrysler's total dealer body, and the culling will leave 2,392 remaining dealerships to carry the load, 80% of which will house all three brands under one roof.

So what does this look like big picture? Thanks to modern technology, a.k.a. Google Maps, we can show you exactly what 789 dealers looks like, and you also can zoom in on your state or area to see exactly which dealers won't be selling Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles anymore. For its part, Chrysler is downplaying fears of out-of-work salespeople. As the argument goes, many of the dealerships losing their license to sell Pentastar products sell other brands as well, and some also make more money selling used cars than new.

Then there's Toyota. The Japanese automaker is reportedly going around to some of these rejected Chrysler LLC dealers and offering them the opportunity to switch franchises. We expect that some other automakers will jump on this bandwagon and pick up at least a few of the pieces of Chrysler over time, as well. Thanks for the tips, Travis and Steve!

[Source: The New York Times]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      A local dealer here (Frank Kent Dodge) was on the radio yesterday. Apparently, they just spent millions buying a Dodge franchise, I believe he said either last year or the year before, at Chrysler's urging. Now they are taking the franchise from that company and giving it to the nearby Chrysler/Jeep dealer. Sounds like they are using this to enforce their plan of all full line dealerships.

      And Ford will be happy about this. I know a lot of small Texas towns, the bread and butter of the dealerships is trucks, and lots of them. So if the local Dodge dealership goes, and GM goes, who's left to take up sales?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, Frank Kent Dodge (Fort Worth) had been in talks to sell out to Moritz Chrysler/Jeep for nearly a year. Apparently one of the sticking points was the massive stock that Moritz did not want to absorb.

        I am NOT sorry to see Bankston go. I liked their parts and service departments, but the sales staff were a bunch of vultures.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. That's nine dealerships I've either visited or lived near in the Sacramento/Bay areas.

      Hopefully other automakers will be snap up all of these franchises as long-term investments; in the short term, the market's pretty saturated already.
      • 6 Years Ago
      chrysler like most american dealers makes a car that is different from the euros and the asians. they make cars that americans like. not the people who claim to be americans, the people who are real american. not the people who think that everything american is automatically bad and everything foreign is good. the real crime here is the number of people who want to keep buying foreign products when it puts their friends and neighbors out of work. thet'd rather support some foreign citizens then the worker that is here buying the product that they make. they are the worst kind of 'patriot' . watch their own country sink further into depression and keep supporting foreign workers. and watch the idiot we elected president try to force an iconic american company to sell itself to the italians, to a company that was forced out of this country decades ago due to poor quality.
      then the same moron gave control of chrysler and gm to the very people who were the very cause of the companies inability to seel less expensive autos. the unions. there is not a rational human on the planet that doesnt realize that the unions were the driving force behind the demise of the american auto industry. and who does that idiot give control of the auto industry to, the union. guess since they knocked on doors to get him elected he owes them a lot and now he is paying them off. no matter how bad it hurts the country.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would like to see Mihandra & Mihandra pick up a few of these dealers but with just a truck on plan for the US so far, i don't think it would a very viable plan to have a stand-alone Mihandra & Mihandra dealership.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't feel too bad about losing some dealers. Take a gander at this dude's operation.

      Mark Calisi, 47, who owns Eagle Auto-Mall in Riverhead, New York, said he was "devastated" to learn that his dealership would be closed. He said Chrysler accounts for a third of his business, which also sells Volvo, Mazda and Kia vehicles, and on Thursday he had to sack 30 of his 100 employees.

      "I have been with Chrysler for 13 years and my father was with Chrysler for 30 years," he said. "No matter which way you cut the cake, it's devastating."


      Seems like Mark can't play the field like he used to anymore.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Being fired will probably be fairly devastating for each of the 30 employees and their families.
        If I was the manager who had to deliver that news to my staff I would feel devastated too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        if a dealer is selling enough cars to make a profit how does it benefit the manufacturer to shut him down. there is something strange going on when a manufacturer decides he has to get rid of people who want to continue selling his cars. wouldnt that mean he'd be selling fewer cars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      apparently the Entire East Side of the United States has NO love for Chrystler O_o
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is irony in that NYT article. While on the one hand newspapers complain about Google, they have no problem using Google Maps on their websites.
        • 6 Years Ago
        jg: It's like writing a two page essay on why you hate staples because they are stupid bended pieces of metal that serve no purpose, and then stapling the pages together.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Will be sad for the people losing the jobs, but the dealer count was bloated anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It does not make any sense to me way Toyota would chase down these dealerships to convert them. Didn't they learn the message that an overly broad dealer network is a bad thing?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Let 'em swoop. The whole market is down from 16 million to 10 million. All sales are down. They'll struggle no matter what brand they sell.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Toyota = the new GM
        • 6 Years Ago
        Maybe there is no Toyota dealer nearby? Actually, scratch that. There seems to be a Toyota dealer within decent distance no matter where you go in this country.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Chinese will swoop in to the closed Chrysler and GM dealers with Roewe and MG. Nearly an instant dealer network.

      They're close... just wait.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The local Toyota dealer here in town also sells GM and until yesterday sold Dodge also.
      By the afternoon, he had already moved all the Dodges from up front and hid them in the back and moved all the Toyotas up to front where they had never been before.
      I suspect he will be cut as a GM dealer also.
      • 6 Years Ago
      lou bachrodt jeep.. im not going to miss you.
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