The owner of Spokane Chrysler-Plymouth Inc. in the Valley has acquired West Valley Hyundai from a former partner.
Joe Arrotta, president and owner of Spokane Chrysler-Plymouth, bought the Hyundai dealership from Gary Dilley for an undisclosed price, Arrotta said Wednesday. The name has been changed to Spokane Hyundai.
Arrotta and Dilley were partners until 1991 when they split up their two dealerships. Arrotta took over West Valley Chrysler-Plymouth, 6818 E. Sprague, and Dilley took over West Valley Hyundai, at 7103 E. Sprague. Arrotta changed the name of his dealership at that time to Spokane Chrysler-Plymouth.
Arrotta, who also owns a Chrysler-Plymouth dealership in Sunnyside, Wash., said Dilley plans to retire.
In addition, Arrotta said he has begun replacing about half of the 30 people working at West Valley Hyundai. The service garage, however, will remain open.
Arrotta said he was so confident in the Hyundai line that he acquired the dealership without examining Dilley’s financial records. He believes that the Korean-made import is a rising economy car line that will enjoy great success.
“They’ve had quality problems in the past, but once people drive them, they’re fairly easy to sell,” Arrotta said. “Hyundai is an up and coming franchise. They’re going to battle back.”
Arrotta said he expects to sell 25 new Hyundai automobiles each month, equal to Dilley’s sales rate. He also expects to sell 50 to 75 used vehicles a month.
New Hyundai sticker prices range from $8,300 to $18,000, but Arrotta said he plans to sell many cars this week at a discount to clear out inventory for 1996 models.
The Spokane Chrysler-Plymouth store sells an average of 170 vehicles each month and employs 75 people, Arrotta said.