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CR Chrysler dealership closes its doors

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by Bryan Goettel

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - The news came down May 14th that Bob Mickey Chrysler, along with nearly 800 other Chrysler dealerships around the country would have to close their doors.

And it wasn't easy to say goodbye.

"Today is a sad day," owner Karen Mickey said.  "It's the ending of an era."

After 33 years in Cedar Rapids, Tuesday was the final day of business for Bob Mickey Chrysler.

"How it is here today? It's kinda like a funeral only there's no cheesy potatoes from the church ladies," Mickey said.

"To me it's always been a real simple business," sales associate Monte Boevers said. "You treat people the way you'd want to be treated and you sell a lot of cars, make a lot of friends so that's all I've ever done and it's worked for me."

It's a formula that's worked for Boevers for the last 15 and a half years. But he and his co-workers spent Tuesday cleaning out their desks.

"Right now I was not planning on looking for a job three weeks ago," Boevers said.

"I do not like what's happened, do not agree what has been forced upon us, but that's life and we're dealing with it," Mickey said.

Customers made the best of it.

At about 3:00 Tuesday afternoon, Steve Vlcko's dad talked him into buying new vans. The loyal Bob Mickey customers were also among the last.

"We were probably going to end up buying cars later on this year or maybe next year anyway so it worked out best for us to just make it happen a little bit earlier," Vlcko said.

Jokes and hugs helped get everyone through the day. But the reality of waking up Wednesday and not coming to work was tough to take.

"It's kinda bad," Boevers said. "Tomorrow's their last day of school for my kids and....I'm sorry."

Boevers said he's not worried about himself. He's more concerned about the people he works with. He plans on taking June off before getting back in the business.

As for Mickey, she's headed back home to Columbia, Missouri. She said at least for now, she's probably done with the auto industry.

Bob Mickey Chrysler closed its doors with a bang.

The dealership sold a much higher than normal 16 vehicles on its final day of business.

22 Iowa car dealers are affected by Chrysler's cuts.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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