As part of Chrysler’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company is severing its relationship with 25% of its dealership network, many of which will close. And Chrysler won't buy back its inventory. Now 789 dealerships have less than one week to sell whatever might be left of the 44,000 vehicles at those dealerships less than one month ago.
Buyers are seeing significant discounts right now across the entire automotive industry. Some of the steepest are likely on Chryslers, Dodges and Jeeps at closing dealerships.
"There are a few dealerships that are offering fire sale kind of prices: $5,000 and $10,000 off MSRP prices,” says Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book.
“I’ve heard of discounts up to 40%,” adds George Magliano, the director of Automotive Research North America at Global Insight. “The deals are out there and the deals are good.”
But before you go running to your nearest doomed dealership, here's what you should know:
1. Not all dealers are desperate.
Though Chryslers from closing dealerships are going at very significant discounts, be aware that not all dealers are cornered.
Jeff Schuster, executive director of forecasting with JD Power & Associates concurs: “There’s a lot of news of these fire sales but these aren’t affecting every dealership or even every dealership that’s closing.”