To the Editor:
Regarding "Why dealership succession plans matter so much" (Opinion, Jan. 27):
There you go again with the annual editorial proclaiming the end of the world for single-point dealerships. You have been doing this regularly since a public group first overpaid for a store. You trot out the tired old "definite economies of scale" argument.
You don't get to see the private financial statements of single-point dealers. You have no idea of our expense structure. You wouldn't write this stuff if we pitiful single-point dealers had our own self-serving public relations departments like those of the public groups. I guess that's one expense I don't have.
Layers of management, public reporting requirements, jets -- more expenses I don't have.
You know, when price competition drives dealer profit margins down to next to nothing, I'll still be here, going to the bank, going to the post office, going to the Secretary of State, plowing snow, moving cars, mowing the lawn, cleaning bathrooms, answering phones and doing whatever it takes to cut overhead.
I very much doubt the public stores will ever have a lower overhead than my little, fully-paid-for-long-ago (I don't pay interest to anyone -- there's another expense I don't have) Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram store in good old Walled Lake, Mich. Please don't turn out the lights just yet.
Walled Lake, Mich.