Local Chrysler dealers named; may lose affiliation

NEW YORK (AP/WTVM) - Chrysler LLC has told a bankruptcy court it plans to eliminate 789 of its dealers - or about 25 percent of them - across the country as part of its restructuring process.

The automaker has about 3,200 dealers but says that's too many. It wants to have stronger, more profitable dealers with better facilities.

Chrysler spokeswoman Kathy Graham says the company will notify specific dealers before commenting publicly. The dealers likely will have a right to appeal to get off the list. The move could have a devastating impact on cities across the U.S., costing jobs and tax revenue.

We found two local Jeep dealerships on the list of losing its Chrysler affiliation:

Glynn Smith Chevrolet of Opelika, AL -- 600 Columbus Parkway
Anderson Motor Company Inc of Lanett, AL -- 2018 Veterans Memorial Parkway

Click here for an abbreviated listing of all Georgia and Alabama dealerships at risk of closing or losing its Chrysler affiliation.

For more information check out Chrysler's restructuring website.  Customers with questions can call toll-free 877-271-1568  or  visit www.ChryslerRestructuring.com.