posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 04:33 PM
I wouldn't buy an American vehicle, especially a Chrysler or GM, no matter the terms. Along with plant closings, their vendors which supply parts to
service these autos are going out of business and any buyers of new vehicles risk not being able to get parts for even warranty service. How about 3
years down the road?
I was a production control manager for a few years for an aluminum wheel manufacturer in Van Nuys, CA and they have shut down most of their US plants
and are removing the machery which produced these wheels for more than 30 years. Their ability to produce wheels is gone and many more closings to
What went on with Superior Industries is a crying shame. Some of the most DEDICATED workers I have ever met, 20-30 years on the job, long time
employees in their late 50's and 60's with no job and a grim future.
Dedication and loyalty in the United States has become a one way street. The corporations EXPECT and DEMAND loyalty when none is shown to their LOYAL
employees. The worm turns and suddenly "We're closing and laying off all but a few individuals. So sad, so sorry" This is going on coast to
I'm sure there are many hundreds, if not thousands, of vendors to the auto makers are in the same situation. Laying off their entire staffs, and
physically going out of business. Once the parts pipeline dries up, getting your vehicles repaired may become quite difficult as replacement parts
are not available. Or if there are repair parts, God only knows where they come from.
I own only Honda's and Acura's. I waited 25 years, to get my kids out of school, to purchase my dream car, A Pontiac Trans AM. It was a hunk of
junk and extremely expensive to repair. I baby'ed that car and spent almost as much to maintain it as it did to purchase it. Cured me of American
cars, muy pronto!!
Own a Honda or Acura, fix it once and forget about it. I transverse LA daily in an Acura with 188,000 miles, getting 36 mpg. 1 problem in 2 1/2
years. Couldn't ask for more.
Now that I am rid of my GM heartbreak and driving my saki burner, I'm a happy camper. Money in my pocket and I fill her up maybe once every week or
You could not give me a Chrysler or GM product unless you gave me $15,000 cash for future repairs or outright purchase a used Japanese replacement, in
lieu of a lack of replacement parts. If you can't get replacement parts, your vehicle has no trade-in value. Heck, a Honda isn't broken in until
it hits 100,000 miles, the maximum life expectency of a Chrysler or GM product.
So if you need to learn a lesson the hard way, git out there and buy yourself a Chrysler or GM product waranteed ultimately by the US Government. You
should get a fair deal from them. So by all means, do it this weekend!!!
Edit to add: Is the OP a Chrysler dealer?????
[edit on 7-6-2009 by Oldnslo]