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from an article in the Wall Street Journal

David Kelleher, the owner of two Chrysler dealerships in metropolitan Philadelphia, like most of the auto maker’s dealers, borrows money from Chrysler Financial to stock his lots. He has seen firsthand the conflict between the two businesses. Last week a Chrysler Financial district manager told him an analysis of his finances and sales showed he didn’t need to order more new vehicles, he recalled. Minutes later his district manager at the car company called and pleaded with him to order more, part of a push by Chrysler to pump up orders and revenue.

“They don’t seem to have the same goals,” said Mr. Kelleher, who is on Chrysler Financial’s National Dealer Advisory Council. “Their relationship became strained this year because of the problems on Wall Street.”
 

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Wasn't this the same problem (between the financial group and manufacturer) back in the early 80's. One hand pushing additional inventory on the dealer...the other hand telling them to slow down because of too much inventory?

When will they learn...until you have buyers...what good is it going to do to push inventory. Everything and I mean everything is based on the consumer buying...if they don't buy...its all over. You can't support any consumer related business without sales.
 
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