Suddenly Empty: America's Closing Car Dealerships

  • On May 14, Chrysler told 789 dealerships to close down by June 9. This dealership in Colma, California, was still advertising its grand opening. jason_h_erickson via Flickr
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    On May 14, Chrysler told 789 dealerships to close down by June 9. This dealership in Colma, California, was still advertising its grand opening. jason_h_erickson via Flickr
  • GM, which entered bankruptcy in June, announced it would close 2,300 dealerships. It's selling the Saturn brand to Penske Automotive Group. This empty Saturn dealership is in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Jason Rosenfeld via Facebook
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    GM, which entered bankruptcy in June, announced it would close 2,300 dealerships. It's selling the Saturn brand to Penske Automotive Group. This empty Saturn dealership is in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Jason Rosenfeld via Facebook
  • Ford began to close down dealerships last summer to premptively cut costs. One of them was this empty Ford dealership in Crystal Lake, Illinois. thomas.merton via Flickr
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    Ford began to close down dealerships last summer to premptively cut costs. One of them was this empty Ford dealership in Crystal Lake, Illinois. thomas.merton via Flickr
  • Some Ford dealers, like Ron Rush Lincoln Mercury in Columbus, Ohio, took a buyout last summer. geocam2000/flickr via Flickr
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    Some Ford dealers, like Ron Rush Lincoln Mercury in Columbus, Ohio, took a buyout last summer. geocam2000/flickr via Flickr
  • Mel Clayton Ford, in Phoenix, Arizona, closed in May 2008.napolifd via Flickr
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    Mel Clayton Ford, in Phoenix, Arizona, closed in May 2008.napolifd via Flickr
  • Wilson Dodge in Jackson, Mississippi, was one of the Chrysler dealerships that had to close by June 9. It still had a large inventory earlier this month, and had to sell off all its vehicles and parts. prplmnky via Twitter
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    Wilson Dodge in Jackson, Mississippi, was one of the Chrysler dealerships that had to close by June 9. It still had a large inventory earlier this month, and had to sell off all its vehicles and parts. prplmnky via Twitter
  • This used to be the Forum Diner in Paramus, New Jersey. The building is set to be demolished and replaced with a new Jeep dealership. Since Chrysler's bankruptcy, it's unclear if the project is going to go forward. Brooklyn Bridge Baby via Flickr
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    This used to be the Forum Diner in Paramus, New Jersey. The building is set to be demolished and replaced with a new Jeep dealership. Since Chrysler's bankruptcy, it's unclear if the project is going to go forward. Brooklyn Bridge Baby via Flickr
  • The recession has hit automakers beyond Detroit. "The local Nissan dealership has closed up for good. For a while, the service center was still open, but now it's all just gone." elfsternberg via Flickr
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    The recession has hit automakers beyond Detroit. "The local Nissan dealership has closed up for good. For a while, the service center was still open, but now it's all just gone." elfsternberg via Flickr
  • Used car dealers have been hit, too. Carmax built this store in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this year, but says it won't open it until market conditions improve. Steve Weaver via Facebook
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    Used car dealers have been hit, too. Carmax built this store in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this year, but says it won't open it until market conditions improve. Steve Weaver via Facebook
  • Dealerships have been closing both at home and abroad. This is the remains of a Ford dealership in South Canterbury, New Zealand. Oisin Duke via Flickr
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    Dealerships have been closing both at home and abroad. This is the remains of a Ford dealership in South Canterbury, New Zealand. Oisin Duke via Flickr
  • Chrysler merged with Italy's Fiat to emerge from bankruptcy a leaner company, but not before Atlanta Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Chamblee, Georgia, was "suddenly empty" on June 2. justice_nd via Twitter
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    Chrysler merged with Italy's Fiat to emerge from bankruptcy a leaner company, but not before Atlanta Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Chamblee, Georgia, was "suddenly empty" on June 2. justice_nd via Twitter

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