The familiar car dealership in the heart of Scotia, Scotia Motors, which until recently mainly sold new Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles, is still going strong as a used car dealership.
In May, Scotia Motors and Terry Chrysler Jeep, both located on Route 50 within miles of each other, found out that they were on the list of 800 Chrysler dealerships across the country that were being reorganized. Also in May, Salisbury Chevrolet was hit with an announcement from GM that it was shutting down 1,100 franchises. Salisbury closed soon thereafter. While Scotia Motors' contract with Chrysler was terminated June 9, and it no longer sells new cars, it is functioning as a used car dealership.
According to the company's Web site, Scotia Motors was started more than 60 years ago by Vincent James Koehler, in the same location it stands today.
"We have been a Dodge dealer here in Scotia since 1946 - a dealer in good standing with no problems," said Tina Koehler, who owns Scotia Motors with her husband, Jim Koehler, Vincent Koehler's son.
"On May 15 we got a letter terminating our new car franchise with Chrysler. We were given three weeks to cease our new car business, meaning we had to redistribute any new cars we had left here," said Koehler.
She said that initially when news broke that Scotia Motors was a "targeted store" by Chrysler, the Koehlers knew they weren't going to sit back and shut down.
"We said, 'They can't close us. They don't own us. We are staying in business," said Koehler.
She said that since then, both her business and customers have received letters indicating that Scotia Motors is no longer in business with Chrysler.
Koehler said that there is a misconception among Chrysler owners that since Scotia Motors is no longer affiliated with Chrysler, it can no longer work on the vehicles.