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Jim Clark plans to appeal Chrysler’s decision

May 14, 2009

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Junior Brubeck’s spent more than a half-century selling Chrysler vehicles, servicing Chrysler vehicles and promoting Chrysler vehicles.

Just because Chrysler wants to sever ties with him as part of the automaker’s bankruptcy reorganization — the automaker included his Jim Clark Motors on a list of 789 dealers nationwide that would lose their Chrysler affiliations in the coming weeks — Brubeck isn’t about to turn his back now.

Chrysler may want to drop Jim Clark Motors, but Brubeck and his Jim Clark Motors want to keep selling and servicing Chryslers, Jeeps and Dodges.

“We had no idea they would take a college town, with 100,000 people, and leave it without any representation of the product,” Brubeck said, soon after receiving the news Thursday morning. “We’re not going to just lay down and play dead with this deal.

“The sad part of this deal is it was forced by the government, for Chrysler to do this. That’s the wrong thing to have happen. If people are concerned, they should call their congressman. We can get a reversal of this thing.”

Brubeck, the dealership’s owner, plans to appeal Chrysler’s decision. He expects a bankruptcy judge to rule on the proposed cancellation of dealership agreements June 9.

There’s plenty at stake. Jim Clark Motors has 47 full- and part-time employees; the dealership’s sales generate tax revenues to support community services; and customers would find themselves leaving town for sales and service.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce decried Chrysler’s move, noting that Lawrence’s “immediate and long-term future is bright” for a turnaround.

We hope that their appeal is quickly heard, and that the … franchise is quickly reinstated for the benefit of all in our community,” said Hank Booth, the chamber’s director of government and community affairs.

Comments

fearsadness14 5 years, 2 months ago

well let's hope the government does the right thing.

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3ofClubs 5 years, 2 months ago

Wouldn't that be "plans to appeal" instead of "plants?"

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LiberalDude 5 years, 2 months ago

If no one is buying Chrysler then it should close.

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mae 5 years, 2 months ago

obviously more than a few people at chrysler have looked at the numbers and jim clark isn't making it happen. maybe their service dept actually fixes the problem so there's not a lot of repeat business, or maybe they never fix a problem so there's a lot of consumer feedback. either way it all falls down to management not crunching the proper numbers. the numbers required by chrysler.

the only jeep dealer in lawrence should not have any problems selling.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

“The sad part of this deal is it was forced by the government, for Chrysler to do this."

I wonder if he'll be as concerned when unions are required to accept layoffs and other concessions.

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Godot 5 years, 2 months ago

mae said: "obviously more than a few people at chrysler have looked at the numbers and jim clark isn't making it happen."

No one at Chrysler is making these decisions. This is all done by Rattner, the car czar, under the direction of Obama and Timothy (the incompetent and unrepentant tax cheat) Geithner. If you think there is any thoughtful, intelligent business reasoning behind these political decisions, you are delusional.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

"If you think there is any thoughtful, intelligent business reasoning behind these political decisions, you are delusional."

In other words, it's business as usual at Chrysler.

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LiberalDude 5 years, 2 months ago

You're completely wrong Godot. If it wasn't for the government helping the U.S. automakers Chrysler and all of their dealerships would have gone out of business years ago. The government didn't do this. Chrysler did this to themselves by years of mismanagement and building cars that no one wanted to buy.

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BrianR 5 years, 2 months ago

LiberalDude (Anonymous) says… "You're completely wrong Godot."

Godot is delusional.

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Lee Eldridge 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm a bit surprised Lawrence is on the list as well. My heart goes out to the owners and employees who work at Jim Clark Motors. Good luck with your appeal.

And thank you all for turning this story into the usual bickering of DC politics. Very mature.

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