Quote Of The Day: Live By The Politics, Die By The Politics Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

Chrysler Group understands that the practice at this time may be a cause of concern among policymakers and among arbitrating dealers. As a measure of good faith, Chrysler Group will not proceed with network actions that directly impact an arbitrating dealer until the arbitrator has had a chance to rule in that case.

Chrysler promises to play nice with culled dealers and wait until arbitration is complete before establishing new franchises in their areas [via Automotive News [sub]]. It’s probably no coincidence that several states are already considering legislation that would require Chrysler to offer culled dealers the right of first refusal for any new dealerships in their areas. Besides, replacing dealers before arbitration kind of hurts Chrysler’s case for culling them in the first place. To say nothing of making an already-battered brand look like a bunch of royal jerks.

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  • Joe McKinney Joe McKinney on Mar 16, 2010

    What's to fret when your a Chrysler dealer with a lot full of chicken-wing Exnermobiles?

  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Mar 16, 2010

    Is your old car making you fret? Do you worry whether it's gonna make it to the corner store? Come on down to FRETWELL'S Chrysler/Plymouth, if your not already a friend of FRETWELL'S you will be when you leave our lot! Leave your FRETS behind when you sign on the dotted line!

  • Lilpoindexter Lilpoindexter on Mar 16, 2010

    Cool ass pictures of old dealers, like the one in this story, would make a GREAT curbside classic-type series during the weekend...I wasn't even born when that pic was taken, but I can imagine some dude dressed like Gidget's dad walking into that dealer and driving home in a 413 powered something or other. I wonder if dealers had the same bad reputation back then?

    • Mr Carpenter Mr Carpenter on Mar 17, 2010

      In short, yes. Dealers have had this reputation since before the automobile. Where do you suppose the derogatory term "horse trader" comes from?

  • Gardiner Westbound Gardiner Westbound on Mar 16, 2010

    Having started several businesses and closed a couple of them, I'm always a little sad when one goes south. It represents the end of somebody's dreams, hard work and investment. Somehow I feel less sorry for car dealers. There's a delicious irony in the liars, cheats, weasels and slimy sons of bitches who populate the car business being on the receiving end of a good business screwing.

    • Mr Carpenter Mr Carpenter on Mar 17, 2010

      Not every single dealer are scumbags. Most are, but not all. My local Hyundai dealer hired a young man in his 20's, he's a new dad. Hadn't had his 90 days on the job yet, and went out and managed to slam his sled (snowmobile) into a tree, ended up in ICU. The car dealer put his name on their medical insurance at the 90th day to help pay for the hospital stay, and helped collect money for the family via charity. In one meal alone, $9000 was collected. This employer didn't HAVE to put this young man on their medical insurance rolls - he is laid up in the hospital. Get the picture? Thankfully, he'd doing a little better. I took my car in to the dealer and asked, my service manager gave me the heads up that he was given a rod & reel and he managed to remember how to reel in the line. He'll be going 150 miles south to a larger city to get rehab. Hopefully he'll be able to function at some normal level someday. Yes, I'll continue to frequent this dealer. They are the best in the area.