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Old 05-11-2011, 02:31 PM
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Post Last domestic car dealership in San Francisco shuts its doors

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According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the very last domestic dealership in the greater San Francisco area closed its doors a little over 10 days ago. Previously, San Francisco Ford, Lincoln, Mercury was the only dealership selling new products with an American badge on the grille in all of the 47.6 square miles of the city (the Chrysler-Jeep dealer shown above went bust in 2008). Ford took over operations at that dealer almost three years ago after the original owners walked away. After talks with various other local franchise owners fell through, Ford has finally cut off the lights for good.

But domestic dealers have faced a tough climate in San Francisco for years thanks to a much larger share of import sales compared to the rest of the country. According to one source quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle, import vehicles outsell their domestic counterparts 4:1 in the Bay area.

Those rare San Francisco domestic owners will now have to travel outside of the city for their factory maintenance and repair, which likely won't do anything to help American manufacturers better their outlook in the near future.Last domestic car dealership in San Francisco shuts its doors originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 11 May 2011 13:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Old 05-13-2011, 09:11 AM
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Since the USA does not impose fees/tariffs on foreign based brands, just maybe it would be a prudent idea to save the American Automobile industry! Try a $8,000 Tariff on all foreign cars for a few years. That should do it. To hell with their "Free" trade. Japan took 889 American cars last year. Great big deal !!!

If I won in a raffle, an import, I would take possesion of it and trade it in on a Chrysler, Ford or GM product, made in the continential USA.
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