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Apr 12, 2010 (7:26 pm)
seems to have all the brands that are on the upswing, outside of Ford.
#683 of 726 Re: smart man [stickguy]
Mar 15, 2011 (2:13 pm)
Well, before a full year goes by without a post....
Funny thing happened down here. When Chrysler eliminated a bunch of dealerships back at the bankruptcy our local Jeep folks were ones who got the ax.
Lo and behold we now have a Jeep dealership back - the Chrysler - Dodge guy in town picked it up. Were I the guys that got my dealership pulled two years ago I think I might be a tad miffed.
The same kind of thing is happening twenty miles north.
#684 of 726 Re: smart man [fezo]
Mar 15, 2011 (5:55 pm)
I interpret the lack of posts as a sign of stability. No more dealerships are closing in the Baltimore area. During my drives through the northern suburbs of the area, I saw two vacant dealership lots announce their intentions to offer Mitsubishi & BMW products shortly. My sister and her husband are seriously looking into buying a new vehicle. While I'm not quite in the position to purchase anything, I'm scouring the 'net for a suitable replacement of my current steed should the need arise. (Looks like the runners up are the Elantra Touring or the Mazda5 once they start installing the Sky-G engines across their product lines.)
#685 of 726 Re: smart man [carthell]
Mar 15, 2011 (6:18 pm)
I really like that Elantra Touring. I love wagons. When we were losing dealerships we gained a Hyundai dealership.
We had the slowest dealership closing I've ever seen where for a period of more than a year the Chevy dealer would have one new car. Then one day he took down the Chevy signs and is now strictly a used car lot.
You can't buy a Chevy within 30 miles of here. I expect at one point someone will give it a go.
#686 of 726 Re: smart man [carthell]
Mar 17, 2011 (8:16 pm)
It's funny, I just noticed this week that after over a year of sitting vacant, the Cadillac-Chevy-Hyundai dealership in my county is finally being torn down. That place had just been completely remodeled less than a year before, when it folded in the middle of the night.
That left us with only one Chevy dealer at the far north end of the county, and zero, count 'em, zero Cadillac or Hyundai dealers within a half hour's drive.
What I found even more significant is that in a whole year, they couldn't find anyone to take over a brand new dealership in a prime location. Things may be more stable now, but we are not going to be in expansion mode for a while, that's for sure.
#687 of 726 Ellis Brooks Chevy in SF
Mar 28, 2011 (6:46 am)
died in the recession after being there for almost 100 years, thereby ending GM's presence in San Francisco for good.
In the news today is that Nissan/Infiniti, which also didn't have a presence in the City, will be taking over that old dealership. Good news for Nissan, and for Penske Automotive, which will be the owner.
I am surprised that didn't happen in more of the abandoned dealerships in the area.
#688 of 726 biggest dealership decline since the 50s
Apr 18, 2011 (7:30 am)
As brands disappear, dealership count takes a historic dive
More than 20 percent of U.S. car dealerships disappeared between Jan. 1, 2006, and Jan. 1, 2011, according to the Automotive News Data Center. In fact, the past half-decade has seen a greater proportion of the dealer body fall away than any whole decade since the 1950s, when the dealer count fell by 22 percent.
In both eras, a rash of brand failures contributed to the sharp decline.
In the 1950s, the Allstate, Crosley, Frazer, Henry J, Hudson, Kaiser, Nash, Willys-Overland and Packard brands disappeared. Since 2006, Isuzu, Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Mercury have vanished from the U.S. market.
I wonder which contributed more to dealerships closing - the termination of those 5 brands, or the MASSIVE shrinkage of the remaining brands at the Detroit Big 3.
#689 of 726 Re: biggest dealership decline since the 50s [nippononly]
Jun 02, 2011 (9:41 am)
Out with the old and in with the new. That Chevy dealership that took forever to die is now gone. In its place is "Now Open - Manahawkin Kia!" We'll see.
I notice that all the brand new Hyundais that were on the back of the lot are no longer there. I have to figure the Hyundai dealer found someplace else for his excess inventory.
#690 of 726 Calling all dealers!
Jun 20, 2011 (10:45 pm)
I'm considering the effects of Carmageddon 2008 on a possible vehicle purchase next year. How many dealers can I go to? The city I live in and its suburbs host just over a million residents, but there's only one new car dealership in the city. Purchasing won't be as much as a problem as service (perhaps I'll post my experience here one day).
Here are the counts of dealers where I could go to purchase vehicles, roughly in the order of descending product desirability, in or near my metropolitan area:
Mazda: 4 (two owned by the same chain)
VW: 5 (two owned by the same chain)
Chevrolet: 7** (two owned by the same chain)
Acura, Cadillac: (2, 5)***
* Would have been #1 if Ford brought over the Focus wagon.
** If the HHR is still around next year.
*** 401k? Wuzzat?
**** Emergency funds have three purposes: to sustain you through
unemployment, pay for major repairs, and to get Chrysler 300s.
Ask your dad about that, he knows!
***** Just Because. Besides, Bugatti wasn't close enough.
In general, the picks get slimmer at the top of the list.
Although more long-time brands are near the top of my list than previously, circumstances have changed. Mazda might dry up and blow away in two years. Suzuki's former growth stats are now inherited by Hyundai; high growth doesn't necessarily mean anything if I can't find a critical part in the 7th or 8th year of owning a vehicle.
There's a lot to consider between now and next year.
#691 of 726 Re: Calling all dealers! [carthell]
Jun 29, 2011 (11:52 am)
That's an interesting list. I like the way you think. Especially the footnotes.
Well, the big town in our county that lost its Chevy dealership late 08 or early 09 now has one back. The rapidly growing mega-dealer that brought Dodge, Chrysler, Keep and Mazda back to town now adds Chevy to its stable.
We still have a lot of empty places waiting for a new owner but slowly they are filling back in.