Chrysler plan may not affect Alaska dealerships

Posted: Sunday, May 17, 2009

JUNEAU - Automaker Chrysler has told a quarter of its dealers that it won't renew their contracts, but dealerships in Alaska may not be affected by the bankruptcy plan.

Steve Allwine of Mendenhall Auto Center in Juneau says there's been no effect on his dealership.

He says from what he can determine, there will not be an effect on any Chrysler dealership in Alaska.

The Chrysler plan calls for closing a quarter of its lowest performing showrooms.

The dealers have a chance to appeal at a hearing next month.

Allwine notes that a federal bankruptcy judge must still rule on the plan.

He calls it a very controlled bankruptcy that assures continuation of warranty work and the availability of parts in the future.

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