Tom Mauro is a fourth generation Chrysler dealer in New Jersey who told me, "My father and his brothers have given everything they own to Chrysler and in return have to wait for a letter in the mail telling them whether they can stay open. America’s leaders need to open their eyes and realize this will cripple the country more then they think."
Alvin Riley is a GM dealer in Hugoton, Kansas (Southwestern Kansas) who has been profitable 22 out of the last 25 years and fears he will be eliminated. He says, "My customers produce corn, wheat, natural gas, oil, beef, hogs, electricity for the U.S. and the world and they need service on their trucks to do that, and soon we will be gone and then what. Will the President send someone out to service all these customers?"
And yes, I have heard from some dealers who think that it is time for GM and Chrysler to think their ranks.
Rodney Cobb is a Chevy Dealer in western Ohio who told me, "I rarely compete against other brands. It's almost always a battle against another dealer selling the same thing I am. What happens? We each cut one another to the bone and end up with very little profit."
David Greiner is a Buick/Pontiac/GMC dealer in California who also told me GM has too many dealers and cutting the distribution network is the right move. He wrote, "I am very glad GM is finally doing the right thing and handling this issue. Even if I am a casualty, I respect that the right decision was made."
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