Hearne: Bud Brown Volkswagen to Chrysler: Thanks but No Thanks

About word that Chrysler will offer to reinstate 50 axed-by-Chrysler dealerships…

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.”

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5 Responses to Hearne: Bud Brown Volkswagen to Chrysler: Thanks but No Thanks

  1. Anonymous says:

    my first plymouth duster 2was bought from
    bud brown. The owner drove it to our house
    and my dad bought it for us. these are great
    business people…took care of customers
    like us for life. Its a shame that a american
    companyh screwed them over…chrysler is shit…
    and now they’ve switched to a foreigh comapny.
    Good luck toall the browns…a great family>

  2. Anonymous says:

    Good luck Brown’s.

    Chrysler can get bent.

  3. Anonymous says:

    the log
    I’ll never again buy a government motors or chrisisler car. I have a ford truck since they were the only car co that didn’t accept my stolen tax money. I’d buy a toyota (made in usa)no problem. Especially after the hit job the mediacrats and obama pulled on them over the recall. I noticed a week later GM did a recall and a car czar was not asked to go in front of congress to explain why.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I like what VW is doing but even if I had FU money I wouldn’t buy one. There are still questions about reliability and resale value. Other manufacturers have cars that are better values. I don’t think VW survives in the US.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Harry Balczak
    I had to ride to school in a nausea inducing VW Bug when I was a kid. That experience soured me on VW forever

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