I sent a message to both Ford & Chrysler inquiring if there was a listing of dealerships that could be downloaded to computer or printed for times when one does not have access to their "Find a Dealer" tool on their respective websites.
Chrysler responded first, with "Please use our "Find a Dealer tool on our website."
Ford just responded stating "Ford and Lincoln-Mercury dealerships are independently owned and operated, and therefore, they may choose to open, close and relocate daily without giving us prior notice."
I wonder how their "Find a Dealer" tool has a listing of these dealers if it doesn't exist...
It looks like if we want a poi file with either Ford or Chrysler dealerships, they'll have to be hand built, unless someone finds a complete list.
One of the better tools I've found for finding dealerships is:
I'll probably hand build files, one of for each brand in Arizona and possibly expand out into New Mexico and maybe Utah when I have time.
If anyone else is interested in doing other states, please do.
I made a POI file for all the Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Five Star Dealerships in Illinois. It is posted here: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/15355. I had intended to convert it to a GPX file and add addresses and phone numbers. After that, I planned to start on a file for Indiana. I haven't taken the time to those things yet, though.
I obtained the list of dealership locations by going to http://www.fivestar.com/ and using the dealership finder where you can search by zip code. I just typed in my zip code and set the radius to 250 miles or so I think. It looks like they have changed the site since then, and you can't specify a radius--it automatically chooses a 50-mile radius.
If you could obtain a list of dealerships from Chrysler, though, that would make it a lot easier to compile these POI files. Let me know if you are somehow able to obtain a list. I know someone who works at a Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealership, so I might check to see if he has a list of all the dealerships.
Better check those lists every few days -- in Silicon Valley, we've had two Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep dealerships close recently!
The news said the other night that there were only about 600 dealerships left, and that they expected 200 to close or merge by the end of the year.
Those numbers don't sound right to me...but I haven't had time to check them out yet. I guess that explains the Ford email...
Yep, I'm seeing the same things. I'll probably hold off for now and only look for dealers along my routes when I am heading out of town.
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