Two Tri-Cities Dealerships Could Lose Chrysler Backing
TRI-CITIES, Wash-- Word came early in the form of a letter-- Chrysler may no longer back up to 800 dealers nationwide as part of the automakers' bankruptcy re-structuring plan.
Jeff Leskovar is the president of a Jeep dealership in Kennewick. He says Jeep sales make up roughly 20% of overall sales.
"There's been rumors going around for a while," says Leskovar. "I didn't want to hear it. Can't say I was shocked--well yea, I'd say shocked, just because when the final word gets out."
And once word got out, it spread quickly, leaving consumers asking questions-- who fixes my car?
"It's possible warranty work for Jeeps will have to be done at the new Jeep dealer," adds Leskovar.
That new Jeep dealer doesn't exist yet. But leskovar says it soon will and could likely house Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge under one roof. For the time being, Lithia Dodge is here to help.
"As a Dodge dealer, we can perform warranty work for Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge products, so as long as we're still here, certainly we can take care of all those needs," says James Richardson, General Manager of Lithia Dodge.
While it is unclear when, or if, these dealerships lose Chrysler's backing, Leskovar is confident business will stay steady.
"The economy in the Tri-Cities is a wonderful place to be in, so we're grateful we're in this oasis of prosperity," says Leskovar.