Krystal Chrysler plans renovation

WARRENSBURG - A landmark auto dealership in uptown Warrensburg will be undergoing a major renovation soon, according to company officials.

Krystal Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge will have a new facade, probably by summer, dealership general manager Frank Toti said.

The new facade will feature a contemporary look with pillars out front, resembling other new Chrysler dealerships across the nation, he said. The new facade is to replace the present cedar-shake look.

This remodeling is expected to begin as soon as early spring, Toti said, noting the upgrades represented a "considerable investment" by the dealership's owners, Steve and Catherine Lofgren. The couple bought the firm from Sam Maltbie in April 2008.

"The new look will be beautiful," Toti said.

The facade construction may be followed later on with other upgrades, including adding service bays, expanding the parts department and installing a new showroom floor, he said.

Other developments at Krystal Chrysler include hiring Tim Maltbie of Warrensburg as a sales associate.

Maltbie, nephew of Sam Maltbie, has deep roots in the automotive business. He's worked with dealerships for 15 years - as a salesman, sales manager and enterprise owner, Toti said. "Tim's got extensive knowledge of vehicles, and he's not pushy," Toti said. "He's got a fantastic rapport with customers."

Toti noted Krystal Chrysler has been winning awards, one for recording the most sales for a group of more rural Chrysler dealers in the northeastern U.S. and others for achieving customer satisfaction ratings among the highest in the nation, he said.

Krystal Chrysler is located just south of the intersection of state routes 8 and 9 north of the Warrensburg hamlet, and their used car lot is on Main Street in uptown Warrensburg.

"Our business is growing," Toti said. "We're very, very busy."

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