Chrysler Eliminates Dealerships In Kentucky

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Several Eastern Kentucky car dealers got bad news today.

They are part of nearly 800 dealerships across the country Chrysler is eliminating as it files for bankruptcy.

Managers at Epps Motors in Middlesboro and Lee Motors in Pineville say there was not much warning before they got this letter today, informing them they would soon no longer be Chrysler dealers.

The sales manager at Epps Motors in Middlesboro says despite sluggish sales, he did not expect this.

"And this was just a sad thing that happened. It just happened all at once," said Travis Keyes.

Epps Motors and Lee Motors in Pineville both got the news they are among hundreds of dealerships Chrysler is eliminating as it tries to emerge from bankruptcy.

Chrysler officials say there are too many dealerships competing with each other, and that sales are too slow.

Luckily, both dealerships sell other types of cars and both are expected to stay open. It's still unclear how the cuts will affect employees, but right now no job cuts are expected.

Dealerships can appeal Chrysler's decision, which will be effective June 9th.

Two more Chrysler dealerships in eastern Kentucky are on the chopping block.

Brown's Chrysler in Paintsville and Drake Chrysler in Monticello were also on the list sent down earlier Thursday.

The Chrysler dealer in Paintsville recently merged with the Brown's Ford dealership, which will remain open.

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  • by William Location: seky on May 16, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    Bell citizen that is a good story Im glad that epps is suffering I hope they put a yard sale on that car lot and the owners has to sale there old golf clubs to buy peanut butter , they can sit in there cars and make race car sounds with there lips Buuuuuuuu change gears Buuuuuuuuu Hummmmmmm Hummmm sitting still eating peanut butter and drinking kool aid heheheheh.
  • by Jimbo Location: Eastern Ky. on May 15, 2009 at 04:42 PM
    Don't worry your President will fix every thing "sarcasm" he campaigned on that promise and the word "everything". Oh, he done did with your $250 stimulus check more "sarcasm" don't spend it all in one place.
  • by Bell Citizen Location: Bell Co on May 15, 2009 at 03:45 AM
    Maybe if Epps would have been nicer to buyers and at least tried to sell in the price range of other area dealers, this might not have happened. I went in to purchase a truck fom them a few years back as a gift to my husband. I asked if they had a certain type and the man said no, "you can see what we got," and walked away. I couldn't believe it. I went to another dealer and bought the truck that day. My question? "Do you have one with leather seats?" My husband hunts and I was worried about dirt. The other dealer did a 500 mile search and couldn't find one. I then chose one that had dark fabric seats. Ex:2-I needed a new car fst. Mine had blown the engine. I went to Epps. I told then my price range (I wasn't really being choosy, I work, I needed a car) They said they couldn't help me. I went to the dealer that had sold me the truck (out of town) and bought a car that day. Ex:3-I wanted a Colbalt. I was told by Epps that they couldn't get one. Again I bought from another dealer.
  • by Jack Location: Harlan poor house on May 14, 2009 at 09:43 PM
    I am glad they are gone, if only they would close the junk they sell at chevorlet it would be a blessing. They can't fail too quickly to suit me.
  • by BoaMoa on May 14, 2009 at 08:17 PM
    Nasty series of events for some out there, delicious for others that got to keep their dealership...
  • by William Location: seky on May 14, 2009 at 04:35 PM
    If people had any sense they could see the phaseing out of the automobile Things are changeing the world is not going to be the mass transit place it used to be get used to your next door neibour and your back yard and personal joy rides is a thing of the past it might take around 20 years until the highways is only traveld by emergency ambluance and freight you might have to have a pass port to go to tennssee why you think they built that arena in corbin ky? the circus is comeing to town and the cars is leaving get to know your neibour again most of them are strangers to you go say Hi we have lived 20 foot apart for 30 years my name is John whats yours? cars is really out of style trains and bus travel will replace them, if your going to buy a car just for a peice of art some old classic the work place must be brought in to small towns walking distance or a buss like a old mining camp , computers and global interactions I feel sorry for the nation that has to depend on oil for fun.


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