DETROIT -- Even with its factories down and with some suppliers cutting off shipments, Chrysler dealers won't run out of replacement parts while the company reorganizes in bankruptcy court, said Steven Landry, Chrysler LLC's executive vice president of North American sales service and parts.
Landry said Chrysler will likely be able to go 60 days -- the outside projection for how long it will take to emerge from Chapter 11 -- without running out of some parts.
Still, Landry and Co-President Jim Press said they'll be keeping a close watch on parts while the company completes its reorganization. Chrysler hopes to be out of bankruptcy by July 1.
"We are going to have daily conference calls with all involved, from a supplier all the way to the dealers to ensure a smooth transition of the parts to the dealers to make sure customers are not affected," said Landry during a conference call with reporters this afternoon.
Chrysler's 22 parts distribution centers around the country have enough spare parts to supply the company's dealers without a hiccup for at least 30 days, said Landry. He said the automaker will most likely be able to go 60 days without running out of most parts.
The parts are needed for Chrysler dealers to make warranty repairs, sell parts over the counter to customers and repair shops and perform maintenance on customer vehicles, Landry said.
"This week we were making sure we had enough orders in to cover at least a 30-day supply for service, maintenance and warranty parts," said Landry. "We have the ability prior to the end of May if we have to go through another 30 days that we can reorder again."
For replacement parts that Chrysler makes, such as fenders and drivetrain components in plants that are now closed now, Landry said those plants could be briefly reopened to produce replacement parts.