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Brattleboro Chrysler-Dodge latest victim of economy

There are 31 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Nov 8, 2008, titled Brattleboro Chrysler-Dodge latest victim of economy. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

The fallout from the crisis facing the nation's auto makers is being felt all the way from Detroit to Putney Road.

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Cromwell, CT

#21 Nov 10, 2008
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I'll put my 1997 Ford Escort up against any Corolla or Civic any day. I have over 197,000 miles on it.
As for those of you who say this is all the unions fault: did management ok all those contracts with the UAW????? That's what I thought.
My opionion really is that Unions (who are NOT needed any longer, but that is a different topic all together), quality and price are not the main issue--it's simply that this dealership has been staffed for years by management and sales staff that are essentially sharks--all they have cared about is making a quick sale and moving on, letting their customer deal with the problems. This and a service department that is hard pressed to change your oil much less fix a problem.
Former Customer

Fall River, MA

#22 Nov 10, 2008
I bought my Jeep there (ONLY because they had what I wanted for what I was willing to pay) but have always had it (and its predecessors) worked on in Keene. The one time I took it in for warranty work they claimed they fixed it but really didn't. Keene Chrysler fixed it for real, and did it right. Bratt Chrysler did themselves in, the economy was just the last straw.
Linda Brown

Weyauwega, WI

#23 Nov 10, 2008
I now live in MI and I am seeing the fallout from this economy first hand here. Not only is GM and Ford getting ready to fold, companies that make parts for them are packing their tents and leaving for Mexico. One company who employed 200 plus people for many years, did not announce they were shutting down till the day before as they were hoping that GM and Ford would get a bail out back in June and that did not happen and 200 people got pink slips. What bothers me is a lot of these folks thought they would have job security till retirement, sounds logical, everyone needs a car, they are paying off mortgages, college funds, thought they were all set and now at the age of 55, some will get severance pay for their years there, others won't and will have to collect unemployment for 26 weeks and then, they are on their own and where are they supposed to get a job? Burger King? I will say this much, it is cheaper to live here than New England, taxes are very low here, but jobs do not pay as well, that is the down side. As for Obama, he is going into this mess that Bush created and I think everyone needs to sit back and not judge him when he hasn't even gotten into office yet. I doubt he will hire college buddies to run agencies that they are not qualified to run, I am sure that he will choose his cabinet members very carefully. As for Toyota and Nissan, they are made better and you are not fixing them daily. My friend has a Dodge product that does not even have 100,000 miles on it yet and is falling apart on a daily basis and it has cost her many dollars and she is going to trade it in for a Kia and she is a MI resident!!! As for Former Resident from Deer Park, I know who you are!!!

Bellows Falls, VT

#24 Nov 11, 2008
Yea.. Wake up ! This is a direct result of unions and union entitlements. The up-front costs of labor for a US car company is where the fault is. A Jap company can come in setup a factory with no historical residual costs or support of retired workers that have been off work for 40 years...

Moron.. UAW bullies and strikes always crippled this industry for years afters many years unless the babies got what they demanded!

This exercise will finally expose the UAW for what it is. Hopefully this will break them, as they have to give up or be on permanent unemployment.
The Gipper

Westfield, MA

#25 Nov 11, 2008
Actually, complete deregulation via Grandpa Caligula in the early 80's (Reagan) is what ended up finalizing the gutting of the car industry in America And America as a whole in fact, since this credit bubble was inflated by the same twit's deregulation. Nations like Japan, China and the European nations are thriving partially *because* of the regulations they use to protect their nations production.

Tolland, CT

#26 Nov 12, 2008
Yeah, we gotta suck it up for the poor "laborers" at the big 3. They only average 150,000 year in income and benefits.

Over at Toyota they make a paltry average of income and benefits of 73,000.

Using simple logic, is labor cost a factor in the failure of the big 3? Yup.

Congress and the Big 3 have a cozy deal. Just have to "bail them out" every 10-20 years...this is round 2 for Chrysler.

But rather than let the economic reality happen, we will pump gazillions of our money into these factories, borrow the money from the Chi-Coms, and get "reposessed". In the mean time Obama is going to save us all with the biggest entitlement spending boondoggle since ...Bush. Should be interesting.

Santa Clarita, CA

#27 Nov 25, 2008
Big 3 must change health pension benefits to survive, new Employees must go under 401K pension\plans, & lower medical HMOs. Even New US Govt Employees now are under the 401K pension plan.

Santa Clarita, CA

#28 Nov 25, 2008
Big 2 automakers should file chap 11 bankruptcy, &
reopen as right to work companies without Unions. The old health/benefit programs promises could not be kept anyway.

Provincetown, MA

#29 Dec 13, 2008
Brattleboro Dodge was owned by a volunteer firefighter in Ct. I am a firefighter and I used to see their adds in firefighting trade magazines.
Brattleboro Dodge was a pathetic operation with lousy service/sales depts.

Bellows Falls, VT

#30 Dec 14, 2008
GFNB -- your anti-Americanism is showing

New York, NY

#31 Nov 30, 2011
I just discovered that the Town and Country minivan I bought at this dealership in 2008 had major issues with the car fax report. Including a damaged frame!
Shame on me for not having checked the report-I was so snowed by the salesman.
Now, I would like to find out if there is a way to legally make them responsible for their dishonesty.
What a shame, it seems, they deserve the terrible reputation they have.

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