Pennsylvania to be hit hard by Chrysler bankruptcy

    Chrysler plans to close 53 dealerships in Pennsylvania. It’s part of a plan to eliminate nearly twenty-five percent of its U.S. dealerships. Chrysler filed it’s plan in bankruptcy court in New York today. Pennsylvania has more dealerships on the closing list than any other state.

    Chrysler plans to close 53 dealerships in Pennsylvania. It’s part of a plan to eliminate nearly twenty-five percent of its U.S. dealerships. Chrysler filed it’s plan in bankruptcy court in New York today. Pennsylvania has more dealerships on the closing list than any other state.
    Caption: Sales Manager Ron Miller

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    Gegnas Chrysler Jeep opened its doors in the 60’s in a working class Philadelphia neighborhood and now is facing closure by the automaker. Sales Manager Ron Miller says they were shocked when they received the news.

    Miller: Kind of makes you a little numb just because of the amount of time we’ve been here the people we service, the cars we sell, there’s a market for this car in this area so I didn’t think we would be on the list.

    Sales are down 75 percent at Gegnas because of the credit crunch. Owner Don Bragg began working at the dealership as a mechanic. He’s angry with Chrysler.

    Bragg: I would tell Chrysler I don’t think this is the way to treat the dealer body that has been standing through Chrysler through all this. the way to sell cars is not to cut out all your dealers.

    Bragg says he will appeal the company’s decision and his calling his attorney for options.

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