Last Day For Hundreds Of Chrysler Dealerships

WACO (June 9, 2009)-Tuesday marks the last day hundreds of Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge dealerships will remain open nationwide.

Beginning Wednesday, Chrysler ends its franchise with 800 dealers, including several in Central Texas.

Both Mike Craig dealerships in Gatesville and Hillsboro as well as Waco Dodge, Marstaller Jeep and Jeff Hunter Chrysler, all in Waco, will have to drop any Chrysler affiliations – that is unless a judge overseeing the case rules in the favor of the dealerships.

The mass termination is still subject to approval by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Arthur Gonzalez, who is overseeing the case.

Judge Gonzalez has been hearing arguments from dozens of dealers saying it's not fair for Chrysler to end their franchises.

If the judge does allow Chrysler’s pullout, around 30 jobs will be lost in Waco and Mac Haik, located in Temple, will be the only Chrysler dealership in Central Texas to get either a new Chrysler vehicle or any Chrysler warranty work completed.

To make matters worse for the automaker, the US Supreme Court delayed the automaker's sale to Fiat, at least temporarily, without saying how long the deal would remain on hold.

Chrysler representatives have said the sale must close by June 15 or Fiat has the option to pull the plug, causing the auto giant to collapse into liquidation.

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