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#692 of 726 Re: Calling all dealers! [fezo]
Jun 30, 2011 (5:52 am)
The local Dodge / Jeep / Chrysler dealership closed several years ago when Chrysler was forced to slash the number of dealerships.
However, they just reopened a week or two ago in the building that used to house the Hummer dealer here in town.
So, now our town has the following makes available - all from the same dealership group:
#693 of 726 Re: Calling all dealers! [michaell]
Jun 30, 2011 (6:53 am)
Sounds kind of like the smallish town where my mother lives - Ford, Lincoln, Chevy, Buick, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota - all under one group. Honda is the only independent. No Nissan and no Euros there, population is too small and not very affluent.
In my boomburb, just about every make can be found - Ford/Lincoln, Chevy and Mopar all on the same block, Volvo, Caddy, Lexus there too, Nissan not far away, then Audi, Acura, MB, BMW, Porsche, Bentley, Aston, Saab within a few minutes drive, Toyota, VW, Subaru, and Honda on the other side of town.
#694 of 726 Re: Calling all dealers! [fintail]
Jun 30, 2011 (7:05 am)
Let's see.... our local "family of dealerships" has Ford, Lincoln, Nissan, Honda. They used to have Jeep and Suzuki but those got pulled. A couple of years after that happened the Dodge-Chrysler dealer across the street got the Jeep dealership. They replaced the Suzuki part of the dealership with what they call their "luxury imports" - used car lot with nice overpriced cars.
We have a Buick - GMC dealer and the just opened Kia dealership as well as a Hyundai that opened maybe 2 years ago.
#695 of 726 Re: Calling all dealers! [fezo]
Jun 30, 2011 (7:23 am)
No Korean makes technically in my town, but I know there's a Hyundai dealer about 5 miles away, and I think a Kia dealer in the same area.
The Nissan dealer here has the same kind of thing, a "luxury import" lot - it even masquerades as an independent dealership, but in the free car rags found at grocery stores sometimes units on the used car lot are advertised by the Nissan dealer, and the used car lot sometimes stores surplus Nissans. Quite a few higher end used car dealers in the area too.
#696 of 726 Re: Calling all dealers! [fintail]
Jun 30, 2011 (11:21 am)
New England has lots of small and mid size towns so to list what dealers are in your town is not a real sampling.
In my town of 23,000 (which swells to about 100,000 during the day due to office parks) has a Honda dealer, a Kia dealer and a Porsche/Audi dealer - all owned by the same company. The Kia went into the old Porsch/Audi showroom after they built a new palace for Porsche/Audi down the road.
Within a 10 mile radius though, we have:
#697 of 726 Re: Calling all dealers! [michaell]
Jun 30, 2011 (11:41 am)
According to the 2010 census, the population of the town I live in is right around 48,000. We're about 15-20 minutes from the southern suburbs of Denver and about 35-40 minutes from Colorado Springs.
Even though there are a lot of makes available, the inventory selection is pretty thin.
#698 of 726 I observe with some amusement
Jul 04, 2011 (12:24 pm)
as the big dealer group in a nearby city expands and contracts with the economy. Just prior to the bubble bursting they built themselves a big new luxurious dealership near the freeway - they sell Chevy, Cadillac, Hyundai, and Mazda. Each of the American brands gets its own showroom, with a separate showroom for the Asian makes just across the street.
Then the bubble goes "POP!" and right away they are feeling the pain. Finally they abandon the separate showrooms and shove all four brands into one showwroom. The one across the street sits vacant for a while, with big hopeful signs on it that say "brand new dealership for sale!!". Gradually, the signs get shabbier and more weather-worn until they fall down entirely, and about 18 months ago the dealer group sells the whole property to Lowe's, the big home improvement chain, which promptly tears down the whole facility on that site, which had only been built brand new about 3 years before, and had been occupied for less than one.
Fast forward to summer 2011, and business at Lowe's is booming, and funnily enough business must be better at the car dealer too, because what are they doing? Building a new Mazda/Hyundai showroom and service facility, LOL!
This place is like a perfect barometer of the health of the auto sales industry, with everything in the boom and bust cycle right out there on the curb for everyone to see.
#699 of 726 Re: Calling all dealers! [robr2]
Jul 04, 2011 (4:26 pm)
I suppose the rise of the "one owner" chain of dealerships may have been inevitable, especially in small markets around the country where very little competition exists. I hope things get better sooner than later. I know I'd hate being a "captive consumer" of one business if I needed a vehicle.
#700 of 726 your car dealer association at work?
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 23, 2011 (7:49 am)
"Motor Village was set to be the ultimate Chrysler Brand dealership.
Unfortunately for them the California New Car Dealers Association dug up some annoying rule about factory-owned stores being illegal within 10 miles of a non-factory owned store and filed charges with the DMV."
Chrysler to Sell Embattled Flagship Dealership in Downtown L.A. (Straightline)
#701 of 726 Re: your car dealer association at work? [steve_]
Sep 23, 2011 (12:16 pm)
So Chrysler, who can't manage to open a legal dealership, is going to right their ship? Looking bad.....
Those comments on teh article have it right, though - the franchise laws are way out of date.
We are holding steady on dealerships in town. We did get the new Kia dealership a few months ago. We also have a Chevy dealer within 20 miles again.