Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep Vehicles a Much Bigger Bargain at Closing Dealerships, Reports Edmunds.com

Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep Vehicles a Much Bigger Bargain at Closing Dealerships, Reports Edmunds.com


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Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep Vehicles a Much Bigger Bargain at Closing Dealerships, Reports Edmunds.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — May 21, 2009 — Edmunds.com analysts have determined that Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealerships scheduled to close on June 9 are making significantly less profit on each vehicle sale.

In April 2009, prior to the announcement of the closings, dealerships that eventually received Chrysler's letter were earning about $825 less per vehicle than other dealerships, and now that difference has climbed approximately 300 percent to approximately $2700 per vehicle.

Profit margins for ill-fated Dodge dealerships are currently earning about $825 less per car, while closing Jeep dealerships are earning approximately $1200 less per car.

The below chart sets out month-by-month analysis of the dealer profit margin trend, comparing closing dealerships to the average:

Average Profit Margin Differential
  Dodge Jeep Chrysler
Jan-09 $830 $710 $610
Feb-09 $1,844 $1,112 $115
Mar-09 $725 $311 $679
Apr-09 $888 $354 $828
May-09 $823 $1,204 $2,672

"Anyone seeking to take advantage of the great deals available should act fast, since there isn't much inventory to be had at the dealerships that are closing," advised Edmunds.com Analyst Jessica Caldwell.

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