No thank-you, says Phil Brown of Bud Brown Volkswagen in Olathe.
“I’ve told people we’re in a better place,” Brown says. “A much better place. We have an exciting line of products with a future, instead of wondering what’s going to happen.”
Translation: There’ll be no going back, Brown is sticking with VW.
“I’ll tell you what I know, I don’t think any of the dealers here in Kansas City applied to arbitration to get their franchises back,” Brown says. “I did not. From my perspective, I didn’t want it back to begin with.
“I don’t think there’s a franchise they could have given back to me. They might offer a franchise at another location if I wanted to apply – but they had already done that.”
Not that there are any bad feelings, but “You know, the number one thing is they didn’t have much cause for taking mine away other than I was Chrysler only,” Brown says. “And the people I knew at Chrysler when business was strong – all those people are gone. And there’s not a lot of cars out there to sell. And we knew in the long-term there wasn’t enough business for us to survive as a Chrysler-only dealer.”
Any prediction as to the future of Chrysler?
“I think if they make it, they’ll come out a totally different company than they were going in,” Brown says. “I keep reading things about them, like they may bring over a Fiat 500 and that’s not a Chrysler.”