The Chrysler bankruptcy, and the poor (and insulting) way in which the corporate office notified dealerships that were to be shuttered, has put many Chrysler dealerships in a pinch. In a few short days, those dealerships will no longer be able to sell any cars . It will, in fact, be illegal for them to sell any cars. To make matters worse, Chrysler won’t take back any unsold vehicles! That means those dealerships are just dumping cars out into the marketplace because they simply can’t keep them.
But should you buy a car from a dealership about to close its doors? Or a manufacturer that’s in bankruptcy? Yes… if they’re reliable vehicles.
J.D. Power and Associates always puts out a list of the most dependable vehicles on the road.
- 2006 Lexus LS 430: Ranked number one with a “record-setting index score for problem-free ownership, setting the best performance in the history of the Vehicle Dependability Survey.” Certainly high praise. (Toyota)
- 2006 Lexus SC 430: Ranked second. The five most common trouble spots were failed battery, trouble with tire pressure monitoring system, peeling, fading, or chipping paint. (Toyota)
- 2006 Mercury Grand Marquis (Ford)
- 2006 Buick Lucerne (General Motors)
- 2006 Buick LaCrosse (General Motors)
- 2006 Mercury Montego (Ford)
- 2006 Toyota Camry (Toyota)
- 2006 Acura RL (Honda)
- 2006 Lexus ES 330 (Toyota)
- 2006 Toyota Avalon (Toyota)
Not a single Chrysler vehicle made the dependability list. Five Toyota vehicles, two Fords, two General Motors, a Honda and absolutely zero Chrysler vehicles. I think that says it all for the franchise. Here’s the full photo gallery .
(Photo: willvision )