I just read about Chrysler LLC cutting 789 dealerships.
How many cars and trucks does Chrysler sell every year? None. Dealers buy the cars and trucks Chrysler makes and sell them to the public. If each of those 789 dealerships sold only 100 cars a year, that is 78,900 new cars.
The whole industry is going bonkers.
The folks in charge think that the solution to profitability is to eliminate the sales end of the industry. Get rid of 789 dealerships and put about 40,000 sales, service and support people at those dealerships out of work. What the heck -- no one likes car salesmen anyway. Good idea, people. That ought to help sell more cars.
I think the solution is to sell more cars. Take more people out on test drives. Stop trying to do business on the Internet. Let the customers inhale the new-car smell; they just might buy one. If dealerships sell more cars, they might buy more from Chrysler, and Chrysler might make a profit.
What do I know? I am just a salesman.