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Old 02-09-2007, 12:56 AM   #1
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Default Please do not support these dealerships (US)

At least not until the corporation that owns them better supports their sub management employees. Especially their technicians. Lithia Motors wants to be America's Choice for Car and Truck sales and service, but they want to do it at the expense of the people who work for them.

Working for a high end marque, having gone through the training i went through, i should be making a decent living, with benefits that wouldn't leave me wondering what the hell i'm going to do if something happens.

But no. Since arriving at this dealership, two techs have quit. Both switched careers. One of them is making more money working on forklifts.

Most of the techs have 2nd jobs to support themselves, because it just isn't possible to make a living turning wrenches on these cars. Frankly, that is so far below acceptable i'm beside myself in disbelief. I can't see any reason why a career in which the demand far outweighs the supply.

I'm living at home and i still can't get any money saved because there's barely enough coming in to cover my bills, which are less than 1,000/mo. Right now, I am looking at 2 possibilities because of this. Neither of which i am happy about. Either stick it out and hope it gets better, and nothing happens to where i have to try and use the cut rate insurance that a corporation which owns 106 dealers enveloping 30 marques, is "giving" us. Insurance that will barely cover anything serious, and supplemental dental which is only accepted by 4 dentists in this area, none of which are accepting new patients, and get a second job so that i can save something and move out before my girlfriend comes up; Or switch marques and risk making even less as an entry level tech. At this point the only other marque i feel like working for is Ferrari.

This is inexcusable from any corporation and it's customer's need to know what they are condoning by continuing to patronize these dealerships.

So please, stop supporting Lithia Motors until they start taking better care of the employees that make their business possible.

The following dealers are owned by Lithia.

Alaska:

Lithia Dodge of South Anchorage
Lithia Chrysler Jeep of Anchorage
Lithia Hyundai of Anchorage
Chevrolet of South Anchorage
Saab of South Anchorage
BMW of Anchorage
Chevrolet of Fairbanks
Cadillac of Fairbanks
Chevrolet of Wasilla

California:

Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Burlingame
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Concord
Lithia Chrysler Dodge of Eureka
Lithia Dodge of Fairfield
Lithia Ford of Fresno
Lithia Dodge of Fresno
Lithia Nissan of Fresno
Lithia Hyundai of Fresno
Lithia Mazda of Fresno
Lithia Suzuki of Fresno
Lithia Toyota of Redding
Lithia Chevrolet of Redding
Lithia Scion of Redding
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Santa Rosa
BMW of Seaside
Porsche of Seaside
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Ukiah
Lithia Toyota of Vacaville
Lithia Scion of Vacaville


Colorado:

Lithia Dodge of Cherry Creek
Lithia Colorado Chrysler Jeep
Lithia Centennial Chrysler Jeep
Lithia Colorado Springs Jeep Chrysler
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Fort Collins
Lithia Hyundai of Fort Collins
Lithia Volkswagen of Thornton


Idaho:

Lithia Ford Lincoln Mercury of Boise
Chevrolet of Boise
Chevrolet of Caldwell
Lithia Used Car and Truck Store
Lithia Chrysler Dodge of Pocatello
Lithia Hyundai of Pocatello
Honda of Pocatello
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Twin Falls
Chevrolet Cadillac of Twin Falls

Iowa:

Saturn of Cedar Rapids
Kia of Cedar Rapids
Buick GMC Cadillac of Cedar Rapids
BMW of Des Moines
Mercedes Benz of Des Moines

Montana:

Lithia Dodge of Billings
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Butte
Honda of Great Falls
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Great Falls
Lithia Chrysler Dodge of Helena
Chevrolet of Helena
Lithia Chrysler Dodge of Missoula

Nebraska:

Lithia Ford of Omaha
Mercedes-Benz of Omaha
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Omaha

Nevada:

Lithia Reno Subaru
Lithia Lincoln Mercury Isuzu Audi
Lithia Hyundai of Reno
Lithia Volkswagen of Reno
Lithia Chrysler Jeep of Reno
Lithia Suzuki of Sparks

New Mexico:

Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Santa Fe

North Dakota:

Lithia Toyota of Grand Forks
Lithia Ford Lincoln Mercury of Grand Forks
Lithia Hyundai of Grand Forks
Lithia Scion of Grand Forks
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Grand Forks

Oregon:

Lithia Chrysler Dodge of Eugene
Saturn of Eugene
Lithia Nissan of Eugene
Lithia Grants Pass Auto Center
Klamath Falls Toyota
Klamath Falls Auto Center
Medford BMW
Lithia Nissan
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Lithia Volkswagen
Saturn of Southwest Oregon
Lithia Toyota
Lithia Honda
Lithia Scion
Lithia Subaru of Oregon City
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Roseburg
Lithia Ford Lincoln Mercury of Roseburg
Lithia Scion of Springfield
Lithia Toyota of Springfield

South Dakota:

Chevrolet of Sioux Falls
Lithia Dodge of Sioux Falls

Texas
Honda of Abilene
Lithia Toyota of Abilene
Lithia CJD of Bryan/College Station
Lithia Dodge of Corpus Christi
All American Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Midland
Honda of Midland
All American Chevrolet of Midland
All American Chevrolet of Odessa
Lithia Toyota of Odessa
Lithia Scion of Odessa
All American Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Odessa
Lithia Hyundai of Odessa
Honda of San Angelo
All American Chevrolet of San Angelo
All American Chrysler Jeep Dodge of San Angelo

Washington

Chevrolet of Bellevue
HUMMER of Bellevue
Frontline of Bellevue
Chevrolet of Issaquah
Lithia Dodge of Tri-Cities
Honda of Tri-Cities
Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Renton
Lithia Hyundai of Renton
Lithia Ford
BMW Seattle
Camp Chevrolet Cadillac
Camp BMW
Camp Subaru
Mercedes-Benz of Spokane
Lithia Chrysler Dodge of Wenatchee


Wisconsin

Lithia Chrysler Jeep Dodge of La Crosse
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:11 AM   #2
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start moving parts out the back door...
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:22 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Max Power
start moving parts out the back door...
i've got a crate full from the last place that's almost ready for ebay.

Anyone want some 645 mufflers?
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Old 02-09-2007, 04:03 AM   #4
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The guy must be banking he owns a crapload of dealerships and still can't afford to give some money to the workers?
He probably keeps all the money for himself.

Damn, this sucks. Aren't there other BMW dealerships not owned by Lithia Motors?
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:00 AM   #5
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I thought this is unlikely happening in US but very common here that you cant make enough to have a living.
Can you move to other bmw dealership?
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Old 02-09-2007, 10:26 AM   #6
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will do my good man, let my know if they ever open any in florida 0X
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:18 PM   #7
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Sad to hear about this Chris. Is there an authorized BMW facility there that you could join?
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:45 PM   #8
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this sucks i hope you can find a solution to your problem. greedy bastards :x
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:23 PM   #9
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Man.. Go to another dealership.

Employment is a market just like a product. They get what they pay for... When all their good people leave and they are left with trained monkeys who screw everything up.. No one will buy anything from them.
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Old 02-09-2007, 05:43 PM   #10
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Life is too short to have a shitty job. I would say, like everyone else, go to a different place. Maybe even try something other than BMW. One of the guys I used to work with restoring Ferraris moved up to the Seattle area and got a job at Dennison International Motorsports, maybe you could work in a shop like that.
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Old 02-09-2007, 05:44 PM   #11
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Interesting list!

Im going to a school that specializes in the Automotive sector as from September so will certainly keep this list since I might work in America at some point in or after my course.

Thanks!
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Old 02-09-2007, 07:17 PM   #12
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Is this because dealers are changing their rates for service? I thought I red something about instead of an hourly fee, they would go to flat fee's. I can easily see how that'll screw you.

Either way, it sucks, sorry to hear about it. Like everyone else, I recommend finding a new dealer.

Ever thought of just going to an import garage instead of a dealer? I know dealers generally pay better, but the guys I know at the shop affiliated with my workplace do quite well.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:14 PM   #13
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Most dealerships already do flat rate for service but they break it down to hours on the Repair Order so like if the job pays 8 hours instead of putting 1080 they put 8 hours at 135 an hour...

yeah that really sucks man I am looking for another job aswell.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:25 AM   #14
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let's make things a little worse. Labor rate at this place is 106/hr. I'm only getting 20 of that

After a fiasco today involving a wrong part costing me 7+ hours (fortunately the shop foreman talked the manager into making parts pay for my lost time) i find out that the parts monkeys get paid better than i do

I'm going to cali tomorrow through the 14th to be with my g/f, and when i get back i'm going to find out a little more about the payscale around here. Also will be looking for a second job. I'm going to try and get one as the mechanic at the indoor kart track nearby. All that will just go into savings. But politics would be a lot less. Kart broken? Fix it. End of story.

Wondering if the Port of Seattle is hiring...Gov't jobs typically have good benefits.

Thanks for the support guys.
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:53 AM   #15
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when was the last time u watched Office Space??...I think its about time u brushed up on its ideologies
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