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C.R.A.P. (Carpeople Revolting Against Politics)

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C.R.A.P. (Carpeople Revolting Against Politics)

Carpeople tired of all the CRAP and who want normalcy in the business. Are you with me or a'gin me? If you have seen any CRAP put it here. If you are in the middle of CRAP, vent here. If you love animals, Bull CRAP, Horse CRAP, Dog CRAP here you go.

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Location: North America
Members: 19
Latest ADM Activity: Sep 24, 2009

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Comment by Ralph Paglia on May 24, 2009 at 11:14am
Here's some crap:

"...with a quarter of their intracompany rivals headed for oblivion by June 9, the stores that remain can look forward to a stronger competitive position."

But the problems that lie ahead are enormous:

-- Sales of surviving stores will remain well below those of top import competitors.

-- Fresh products from new partner Fiat still are at least a year and a half away.

-- The doomed Chrysler dealerships soon will sell their inventories -- at prices, perhaps, that will depress the surviving dealerships' retail transaction prices.

And auto sales are still in the tank, with no relief in sight.

"This is just one hurdle," says Kevin Wittrock, general manager of Wittrock Motor Co., a Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealership in Carroll, Iowa. "Now we have to survive until the new product comes 18 months down the line, and we have to survive this economy."

To be sure, Chrysler's plan to cut 789 dealerships is providing opportunities for some survivors. For instance, they can pick up franchises of rejected dealerships so they can sell all three brands: Dodge, Jeep and Chrysler.

Sid DeBoer, CEO of Lithia Motors Inc., the dealership group with the largest number of Chrysler stores, said last week that just two of Lithia's 29 Chrysler stores are on the cut list. He said he already had plans to close one of them.

"Five of our stores will get additional Chrysler franchises," said DeBoer. "Almost all our stores have stores around them that are closing, so we'll have less competition."

Lithia likely will convert the two doomed Chrysler stores into used-car lots. For now, the dealership group plans heavy advertising for going-out-of-business sales, says DeBoer.

But for the most part, life for Chrysler's 2,392 surviving dealerships will remain challenging after June 9.

Take sales per dealership. The automaker said last week that the 789 targeted dealerships accounted for just 14 percent of Chrysler LLC's sales. So the dealerships' demise will not release a large chunk of customers.

Assuming company-wide sales equal to 2008, the surviving dealerships would have average sales of 608 new vehicles, up from 457 with the doomed dealerships still on the roster.

At the end of 2008, Toyota and Scion combined had 1,235 dealerships in the United States. They sold an average of 1,589 vehicles each last year.

The Obama auto task force, which is guiding Chrysler's restructuring, is using high-volume Toyota dealerships as its model, say sources who have met with task force members.

Chrysler President Jim Press says Toyota's dealer strategy is "completely different" from Chrysler's. But Press, a former Toyota executive, says Chrysler needs to improve volume and profitability at its dealerships.

Press says the average dealer lost $3,431 in 2008, compared with an average profit of $190,000 in 2007 -- which wasn't a great year, either.

Says Press: "You can't compete in a market where the facing competitive dealer may be making $2 million or $3 million a year."

New products are another problem for survivors. The automaker is planning six new products derived from Fiat vehicles, but they won't arrive until 2011 and 2012.

Although Bob Shuman, owner of Shuman Chrysler-Jeep in Walled Lake, Mich., is relieved to be on the survivor list, he is still worried. He would like to add Dodge, but there isn't an available Dodge franchise nearby.

GMAC, Chrysler's new captive finance company, has approved Shuman's application for retail financing, but his wholesale application is still in the works.

"I can't add anything to my floorplan right now," he says. "All I can do is pay them [Chrysler Financial] off."

The survivors also face a potential glut of inventory being released by dying dealerships. Chrysler says the 789 targeted dealers last week had 44,000 vehicles in stock.

On May 1, all of Chrysler's dealerships had unsold inventory of 336,900 vehicles, enough to last 114 days at April's selling rate. A 60-day supply is considered ideal.

Chrysler says that with all its factories temporarily closed, high inventory will decline and won't trouble surviving dealerships.

Jim Appleton, director of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers, says, "If you're a dealer who has made this cut, it's a real gut check to decide if you want to double down and stay with this," Appleton says. "If you're on the list of survivors, you may be asked to invest in additional facilities and inventory."

Standing in his Chicago showroom, 85-year-old Chrysler-Jeep dealer Stanley Balzekas Jr. reads a letter from the company notifying him that his franchise has been terminated. Balzekas Motor Sales Inc. has been selling Chrysler products since 1933.
Comment by Jim Vogel on April 27, 2009 at 5:16am
Mark... awesome CRAP man. It "cracked" me up brother!
Comment by Jim Vogel on April 3, 2009 at 12:42pm
Hope all of you are out crappin people out...have a very CRAPPIE weekend!

Meister
Comment by nancy slauson on March 28, 2009 at 5:37pm
OK. We are seriously lacking some new CRAP. Here's something shocking to get things moving!
Comment by Jim Vogel on March 20, 2009 at 6:01am
J.C. Hurst has been named the PRINCE OF CRAP for his constitutional ineptitude!!!!

This is a life-long title...

Yours in Bull CRAP,

Your CRAPmeister!!!!
Comment by Jim Vogel on March 20, 2009 at 5:53am
Constitution For C.R.A.P. - (Carpeople Revolting Against Politics)

C.R.A.P. Preamble

C.R.A.P.'s mission is to undertake research that will result in Internet-based action focused on providing proof that acceptable decision making skills among our local, state and federal elected officials, from coast-to-coast and border-to-border, have simply turned to CRAP.

C.R.A.P. is independent of any CRAPPY government agency or political ideology. C.R.A.P. does not support or oppose any political party. It does, however, support the views of the victims whose rights it seeks to protect... hardworking Americans.

Article I

The name of the group shall be C.R.A.P., (Carpeople Revolting Against Politics). All usage of C.R.A.P.'s identity must remain as being affiliated with ADM, (www.AutomotiveDigitalMarketing.com).

Article II

C.R.A.P. membership shall be open to any ADM member, regardless of race, sex, creed, national origin, disability, or political affiliation.

Article III

C.R.A.P. dues will be paid by members of C.R.A.P. in the form of their valued and consistent intellectual C.R.A.P. contributions to the group C.R.A.P..

Article IV

C.R.A.P. contributions/postings to the C.R.A.P. boards on the ADM Website will be voted on by C.R.A.P. members. If a minimum of three voting C.R.A.P. members determine that the C.R.A.P. post is in fact C.R.A.P. worthy, the C.R.A.P. post will be tagged with the official C.R.A.P. seal.

J.C. did an awesome job here...
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Comment by Jim Vogel on March 20, 2009 at 5:48am
Guys, love the cartoon! Very crappy...
Comment by Jim Vogel on March 20, 2009 at 5:47am
Great comment Ralph. I have witnessed showroom dismissal more than once. I remember one guy walking down the driveway with his lunchbox in hand. He had to walk. His car was taken away as well...

Pure AAA CRAP!!
Comment by Ralph Paglia on March 19, 2009 at 9:12pm
Nancy reminded me of a "business lesson" that was taught to me by a GM Executive many years ago... As a 26 year old GSM, with almost everybody working for me being older and more experienced, I was working overtimne trying to establish credibility... When our dealership was visited by some GM brass, and we were discussing what I was dealing with at lunch, he told me to pick a couple of people I didn't like anyways, set them up and then fire them... He stated:
"There's nothing better for morale with the rank and file than a public hanging..." - GM Executive Guidance

Comment by nancy slauson on March 19, 2009 at 1:50pm
I agree with Ralph. Corporations want to do some trimming, so they're oging to blame it on the economy. No only do they stand to make a huge cut in payroll expense, all of the remaining workers will have the CRAP scared out of them and work even harder for the same pay - or maybe even for less! Now THAT is crap!
 

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