On Wednesday, Chrysler told its dealerships that it will be increasing the sticker price of its 2009 models by an average of $500. Shipping costs are also being raised by about $50 per vehicle, which could very well have something to do with the price of fuel. While this may seem like odd timing for a price increase considering the well-covered sales slump from which all auto manufacturers (yes, we truly do mean all auto manufacturers) are suffering, some dealership owners are commending Chrysler for holding the line on pricing for as long as it has. Cross-town rivals General Motors and Ford have already increased their prices, and both of their increases were for higher amounts. Thus, it was only a matter of time before Chrysler followed suit. Still, with the sagging economy and current credit crunch, the news isn't likely to help sales any.
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