Chrysler to Stop Offering Auto Leases
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more miserable being one of Chrysler's Dealer "Partners" comes the news that the Chrysler Financial is out of the lease business! The Wall Street Journal reports the decision with a note that "Chrysler is expected to brief dealers formally later in the day in a conference call". Boy, it must suck to find this out in the news before getting word from corporate. Nardelli's previous claims that renegotiating bank loans is just a routine matter have been blown out of the water. That $30B revolving line of credit only runs through August, and IF Chrysler is able to get it extended the terms will surely be much more costly than before. Negotiations must be going very, very badly for Chrysler to take one of the most popular sales financing tools off the table. One has to wonder if come August any new lending will be of the Debtor in Possession variety.