Chrysler Dealer Letter

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Clyde, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    May 22, 2009

    As a loyal and successful Dodge Dealer for over 22 years it is not a big
    surprise that given the current economy, the marketplace may not support the
    number of Dealers presently representing Chrysler Corporation products.
    However, the methodology Chrysler Corporation is attempting to utilize to
    reduce its Dealer body is unlawful, unconstitutional, un-American and
    grossly unfair. What Chrysler Corporation is attempting to do, under
    President Obama¹s direction, is to use the United States Bankruptcy Court in
    New York to terminate 789 Dodge Chrysler Dealer Franchise Agreements,
    arbitrarily, capriciously, and without due process of law. The so called
    ³criteria² establishing which Dealers will be terminated is seriously flawed
    and ³non-transparent². Many of the Dodge/Chrysler Dealers are profitable,
    employ many quality employees, support their communities and provide the
    necessary competition to insure that customers receive competitively priced
    vehicles. By reducing the number of automobile Dealers you are certain to
    reduce competition and the undesired effect will be the increased prices
    that Americans will ultimately pay for the price of a car.

    Additionally, Chrysler is proposing to take away my franchise without
    compensating me for its value. I have invested millions of dollars to
    acquire the Dodge franchise, the Dealership facility and the real estate.

    Chrysler proposes to transfer my franchise and all the goodwill I created
    over a 22 year span to a Chrysler competitor, across the street, free of
    charge, without compensating me one cent.

    This is occurring despite my Tamaroff Dodge Dealership continuously
    achieving high sales, high customer satisfaction index ratings, a 5-star
    Dealer status (Chrysler¹s highest achievement award), and over 22 years
    having built a loyal and satisfied customer base. It is like ³Crystal
    Night² in Nazi Germany in 1938, but instead of the Nazis seizing ³private
    property² without due process of law and compensation, Chrysler and
    President Obama are using the power of a Federal Bankruptcy Judge to trample
    and run roughshod over the rights of 789 Dodge/Chrysler Dealers. By using
    the power and governmental action of the Federal Bankruptcy Court, Chrysler
    and President Obama are purposely avoiding all state laws and some federal
    laws which were specifically designed by lawmakers to protect the Dealer
    from the overwhelming power of the manufacturer. Furthermore, where is the
    due process for an unconstitutional taking of my franchise rights without
    just compensation?

    My fellow Americans, I am a WWII veteran and former P.O.W. who risked my
    life for our country to defeat National Socialism and Hitler¹s tyrannical
    Nazi regime. Never in my entire 82 years (50 years as an auto dealer and
    mechanical engineer) would I have anticipated the President of the United
    States and an appointed Federal Bankruptcy Judge trampling on my rights,
    seizing my property and potentially causing me to go into bankruptcy and in
    the process acting as instruments of FACISM.

    President Obama, is this the change you promised the American people? Where
    is the transparency you promised on the campaign trial?

    To add insult to injury, Chrysler Corporation, at this date, will not buy
    back any of the Dealers¹ new car inventory; inventory they pushed on the
    Dealers in the last 90 days threatening them that if they did not purchase
    the cars from Chrysler they would be remembered come ³termination day.²

    Finally, the worst point about this ³Executive Branch sponsored taking² is
    the painful effect of laying off our people, many of whom have been with our
    company since the beginning. They are like family. It is like throwing your
    kids out on the street, with no job, no money, and no health care.

    It is a heartbreaking experience for the employees, their families and for

    Recently, President Obama made a public statement that he is standing by the
    Dealers . . .

    Yes, he is standing on their graves.

    Where is his leadership and foresight as he rushes to accomplish his agenda
    at the expense of 789 Dodge/Chrysler Dealers and their employees?

    President Obama and the Obama administration are directly responsible for
    orchestrating this ill conceived plan.

    My fellow Americans, WAKE UP before you lose your livelihood and private
    property without just compensation.

    If the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch can successfully complete this
    illegal seizure of property and transfer of wealth from one Dealer to
    another, then is any American¹s private property safe from unlawful
    government seizure?

    As the great Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once said,

    ³The problem with socialism is sooner or later you run out of the other
    guy¹s money.²

    God Bless our Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and Our Great Country.

    Marvin M. Tamaroff
  2. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Once again, the pitfalls of capitalism hit home. The 22 years of successful and remunerative operations seems to overwhelm the few months of financial disaster. The legality, morality, and justice might be debated (and will be so, endlessly) but the same bankruptcy laws Big Auto is using are also available to the little guy in the event that the laws of supply and demand don't get repealed.

    It is a damn shame that Tameroff's "family" is getting smacked around like the rest of us. For them, I feel some sympathy, but I can't help wondering how many of them voted for zero. Also, I wonder how many of the family were ants, and how many were grasshoppers.
  3. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    We don't get the same banktrupcy laws. They rewrote them a 3 years ago so that the average Joe can not dump all their obligations--per the banks directions. Second, they aren't following banktrupcy since the UAW, an unsecured creditor, went before the secured bond holders. they aren't following the law.
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