Thank you for your question.
If the dealerships are closed, and your calls and invoices are not being returned, you may want to consider filing a small claims suit.
Filing in small claims is fairly easy, and you do not need an attorney to file and present your case. I've provided a link the complete instructions from the Colorado courts here: http://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/File/Media/Brochures/smallclaimsweb.pdf
Basically you'll file a simple form and pay a small filing fee to get the case started. You will need find the official name of the dealership as they did business
with you. If you have a copy of a previous check from them their legal name should be on it. Hang onto the check once you retrieve it-- you may need it later.
To be on the safe side, you can double check at the Colorado Secretary of State website to make sure that you have the correct corporate name. If there is a corporate name and a "doing business as" name, you will will to sue "Corporation
B", where A is the name of the parent corporation and B is what they did business as.
You then need to have the case served on the dealership. If you know where the CFO is located, the best bet would be to have the sherrif or marshall from the court do the service on the corporation. You pay a fee to have that done, but it can be worth the trouble as you'll be sure that the service is done properly.
Once your case is filed you will get assigned a court date. You have a simple case and won't need to prepare much. Just bring copies of all of the invoices along with a one page statement of how much is owed in total, and for dates and work. Bring any copies of monthly statements and notes on when and where you called and/or tried to see the CFO in person.
The other side may not even show up. If they do, you simple tell the judge what you said in your description in your question here.
You are very likely to get a judgment in your favor. Once you have the judgment, however, doesn't mean you automatically get paid. You then have to go after the funds.
With the judgment in hand, if they don't pay you, which is likely, you can garnish their bank account and put a lien on any real property they own.
The court can provide detailed information on how to go about this.
Depending on what you think the dealership's remaining assets might be (buildings, land, bank account funds, etc) it may or may not make sense to pursue this route.
If you decide not to sue in small claims, keep an eye out for a bankruptcy
announcement from the dealership. You would be an unsecured creditor and would collect from what was left after secured creditors (most likely Chrysler corporate and the bank if they owned the dealership property) had collected.
Please don't hesitate to ask if you need any additional information.
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