Gary Dilts, Shakir Alkhafaji to open third dealership in danger-zone Iraq

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 27, 2012

Gary Dilts and business partner Shakir Alkhafaji, owners of the only two Chrysler Group dealerships in Iraq, are planning to open a third one in the southern port city of Basra in 2012 or 2013 to sell vehicles in the country where violence is still prevalent. Dilts commented that Iraq will have an emerging middle-class market, which is "already starting to."

He believed that by positioning themselves in the central, the south and the north this nation, they will be there when the market begins "to come alive." They have their first showroom in Baghdad with 15,000-square-foot of space. Last year, it sold 709 Dodge, Chrysler, Ram and Jeep vehicles without offering any type of consumer credit, incentives or rebates.

Also, they have to fix vehicles for free in order to show that they were not lying about warranties, the concept of which was so foreign in the society. In the midst of the most challenging of business conditions, their company, Veritas Automotive and Machinery, opened a second dealership in the northern city of Irbil in 2011. The city is part of Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region. [source: Autonews]

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