Been following the stories about the Chrysler dealership closures?
Been wondering exactly how the whole thing works?
Maybe even wondering if the public can do anything to help?
Please read my te.com post (link below). A friend (who is a local Jeep dealer) forwarded the information to me, and the details of the closures really hit home for me. Think about it ... you own a small business (dealership). You've invested time & money to purchase the right to sell a certain manufacturer's vehicles; you pay that manufacturer for training, the vehicles, parts, and more. And then ... presto chango ... you're told that in 3 weeks, all of that is gone, without any compensation. And .... oh yeah, did we mention? Since you aren't going to be a "dealer" anymore, the millions of $ worth of inventory on your lot is your problem. You can't sell those as "new" unless you're a dealer. Ai yi.
Have a read, please. After reading, if you're concerned, fired up, or wondering how this can legally be happening in this country, then please take a minute to contact the government representatives (address details & talking points at the te.com post).
The whole scenario is brutal, not only to the individual dealers, but to the entire state of MI. (among others)
My hometown is a bedroom community full of employees of the auto industry in some form, and every other business, including tourism is drying up.
I just wish MI could have diversified enough to where this wouldn't have happened, but when you've got generations of people dependent and counting on the same jobs from the same company, eventually things are going to dry up...especially with the mentality...but I shant go into that here. (sorry, not a UAW fan)