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Some Wood County dealers stay open, some lose Chrysler

By Justin Michaels - bio | email

Posted by Lisa Strawbridge - email

WOOD COUNTY (WTOL) - It's the announcement heard across the country - Chrysler to close 25% of it's dealerships.

Staying open

So what are some of those dealerships saying locally? "We're just really relieved to remain a dealer. We've been here since 1966," said Al Smith with Chrysler Dodge in Bowling Green.

Smith received a letter Thursday morning marked 'confidential'. It was from Chrysler Corporation. "Scary moment," he said, "just didn't know what to expect. We thought we were o.k., but we really did not know."

It turns out Al Smith is o.k. They'll remain open with the letter reading, "You can remain our dealer as we move forward."

Second generation owner James Smith says, "We put our heart and soul into the dealership and selling Chrysler products. So for us, we just feel vindicated we've done a good job."

Smith believes the way they conduct business, despite being a smaller dealership, lead Chrysler to keep Al Smith open.

"As far as we're concerned, we plan on moving forward and doing what we've been doing and not miss a beat," Smith says.

Closing the Chrysler portion

Less than a mile up Route 25 in Bowling Green sits Bowling Green Lincoln Mercury Jeep.

Their news is not so good. The Jeep portion of that dealership got a pink slip from Chrysler.

"We're just going to focus on our Lincoln Mercury franchise," said General Manager John Heffernan.

He says Chrysler closing their Jeep sales department shouldn't hurt the dealership much at all."Within the past year, the portion of Jeep was reduced in our profit mix, so I don't see, going forward, that it'll be that much of a difference."

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