Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The demise of Chrysler -- and common sense

You have to wonder what kind of parents raise the dim bulbs who have graduate degrees but no common sense.

The folks who are destroying Chrysler and the brainless bankruptcy judge who is enabling them are seriously in need of a reverse lobotomy.

I'm sure we could talk forever about the ills of the auto industry but the example I cited last month holds true today -- the last day that Sun Country in St. George, Utah will be selling Chrysler products.

Auto dealer trade groups point out -- correctly -- that the dealers don't cost the manufacturers money. They buy their inventory at wholesale and pay for their building, employees and parts. They even buy the sign.

When you ask company flacks why they want to reduce the dealer network you get a hodgepodge of nonspecific gobbledygook that sounds like MBA-speak but is about as valuable as an old Yugo.

The brainless bozo of a bankruptcy judge in New York doesn't give a rat's behind about the dealers or Chrysler's customers. Ditto for small town America.

Why should he? (If you have to ask, then you're obviously part of the problem as opposed to part of the solution.)

As previously stated, the dealer network helps Chrysler sell its cars. They also service them and sell parts. Dealers pay their own way.

So, if you're in the booming town of St. George and your local Chrysler dealer is closing, are you likely to buy a car that can't be serviced unless you drive a couple of hours to Las Vegas?

You can't even drive an hour up the road to Cedar City. Nope. Chrysler pulled the plug on its Cedar City dealers, too.

Multiply that by the other dealers Chrysler kicked out and the towns they served and it certainly gives anyone with common sense pause when buying a new car. Simply stated, if you can't buy it or get it serviced locally, why bother with a Chrysler product?

That's basic common sense -- something that the MBA's and bankruptcy court bozos in Manhattan can't connect with in any way, shape or form. Chrysler and its federal enablers are basically telling customers and dealers, "Screw you!"

There's a Toyota dealer in St. George. Ditto for Honda. And Nissan. Why does that matter?

Years ago one of the complaints against imports was that if you travel you can't find service and parts.

Amazing how times have changed -- and how if common sense was truly common, you'd buy it at Wal-Mart.


Anonymous said...

Not to mention the questionable constitutionality of going around the Bankruptcy Court. I think the Supremes did a grave injustice to the bondholders in this.

Imagine if KUSD had invested in Chrysler bonds...we've be screaming just like the Indiana folks are.

Looks like all that juice the UAW gave to the Obama campaign paid off...too bad.

Dad29 said...

For the life of me, I cannot figure out the dealer-chopping, either, EXCEPT in the cases where the dealer was a bad actor and eroding the manufacturer's reputation.

Limbaugh posited that the Obama Government would do its best to create chaos, because chaos results in crisis (recall Emanuel's words.)

Putting tens of thousands of people out of work will certainly lend to chaos--and crisis.