A nationwide Chrysler plan to consolidate the dealerships that sell the company’s cars has claimed Desert Dodge.
The Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep dealer at 4701 W. Sahara Ave. closed Friday. Marc Cannon, a spokesman for the dealer’s parent company, Florida-based AutoNation, said the country’s Big Three carmakers have been “overdealered for years,” and with auto sales plummeting amid the recession, shuttering Desert Dodge “just makes sense.”
Desert Dodge had about 75 employees. Cannon said AutoNation will try to place as many workers as possible with its 13 other Desert Automotive Group dealerships in Las Vegas.
The city’s remaining Chrysler dealers will recognize warranties on new cars sold at Desert Dodge, he added.