Something interesting happened with my nearest former Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealer (Dave Croft Motors in Collinsville, Illinois): they appear to be selling new Chrysler products again. In the days approaching the “drop-dead” date for the culled dealers, I thought it was odd that they not only kept the large “Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep” signs on their building but also kept them lit at night (I would have personally taken them down out of spite). The owner went through the motions of crying to the media, proclaiming that he would stay in business as a used dealer, and then moved all the new cars to the very back of the lot and put them in neat rows to await pickup and delivery to another dealer after June ninth.
Yesterday, I noticed they were advertising in the newspaper again (as a used car dealer, of course). A closer look at their ad revealed that most of their advertised cars were Chrysler products with less than 100 miles. I happened to be in the neighborhood last night and noticed that they had put all of their new cars back on their lot and, by all appearances, were back to being a Chrysler dealer. I wonder if anyone else has seen something similar with other dealers? And what would happen to some poor unsuspecting soul that buys a new Chrysler from a former dealer gone rogue such as this? If they need warranty service are they as screwed as the lemon-law claimants?
This isn’t surprising. The other neighboring dealers may have rejected the inventory and Chrysler had a choice between sending them to the auctions or letting the dealer sell them out.
The dealer may have also asked to be given a time period to show a healthy operation by whatever yardstick Chrysler is using at the moment. As they’re not new, these vehicles will NOT be covered by Chrysler’s ‘Lifetime Warranty’. The word on the street last week is that Chrysler has seriously overestimated their dealer’s desire to take on any more inventory from the disappeared.