Archive for Thursday, May 14, 2009

Chrysler wants to void pacts with 2 Johnson County dealers

May 14, 2009

Chrysler wants to sever agreements with two of its dealerships in Johnson County, according to documents filed Thursday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York.

Keystone Chrysler, 6819 Johnson Drive, Merriam, and Bud Brown Chrysler, 9101 Metcalf, Overland Park, are among 789 dealerships to learn Thursday that Chrysler would not renew agreements to sell vehicles as the automaker reorganizes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Chrysler has said that it intended to cut ties with 25 percent of its 3,200 U.S. dealerships as it reorganizes and forges a partnership with European automaker Fiat.

General Motors, which is working to avoid bankruptcy organization, is expected to send letters on Friday to 1,000 dealerships that it plans to close.

Keystone and Bud Brown are among 16 dealers in Kansas in line to lose their relationship with Chrysler. The others include:

• Atchison Automotive Group, Atchison, a dealer of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles.

• Bennett Autoplex, Salina, a dealer of Jeep vehicles

• Beyer Motor Company, Gridley, a dealer of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles

• Briggs Auto Group, Manhattan, a dealer of Jeep vehicles

• Countryside Motors, Wellington, a dealer of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles

• Gary Hardy Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, Holton, a dealer of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles

• George Motor Company, Clyde, a dealer of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles

• Jim Clark Auto Center, Manhattan, a dealer of Jeep vehicles

• Jim Clark Motors, Lawrence, a dealer of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles

• Rickabaugh Motors, Lyons, a dealer of Dodge and Chrysler vehicles

• Stan Boos Auto Sales, Hiawatha, a dealer of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles

• Steven Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Wichita, a dealer of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles

• The Western Motor Compant, Garden City, a dealer of Jeep vehicles

• Wright's, Hillsboro, a dealer of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicles

On the Missouri side of the metro, Jack Miller Chrysler Jeep was named in the bankruptcy filing as was Crawford’s Raytown Jeep.

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