Liberty Chrysler in Hanford Shuts Down

June 10, 2009 12:22:03 AM PDT
A South Valley car dealership has become one of almost eight hundred casualties from Chrysler's bankruptcy filing.They closed the doors just two hours ago. Ending this dealerships relationship with Chrysler. It was the only Chrysler dealer in Kings County.

The lot was busy with plenty of folks looking for a bargain. Caroline Simms drove up from Avenal hoping to make a deal.

"I was here in town and I wanted to look at a new car and if it works out, I'll buy one," said Simms.

But making a deal wasn't easy.

"I'm here to look at vans," said Simms.

"It's going to be awhile, until I can get someone available. I only have three salespeople and they are with other customers."

The dealerships plight drew too many customers. 20 cars sold on this the last day. Another 20 new Chrysler products were left on the lot. They will go to other dealers. Owner Dwight Nelson hopes to stay in business without Chryslers to sell.

"Our position would be to try and keep the store open as a used car facility, and to look for another new car line we can bring into Hanford," said Nelson.

Long time customer Tom Neelings doesn't think it makes any sense.

"It's the only dealership in Kings County. Think of all the money the city and the county and the state will lose from their sales. It's a crying shame," said Neelings.

While there were deals to be had, not everyone left with a new car. Caroline Simms says the prices weren't that good."

"They would only come down three or four thousand dollars," said Simms.

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