New Philly car dealership has 60% of its cars stolen within a week of opening, owner says he "would not come to Philadelphia" if he could have a do-over
ยท Oct 2, 2023 ยท

City Motors is not going to last long in Philadelphia. You wanna know how I know? They've been open for less than a week, and have already lost almost two-thirds of their inventory to theft. Seven out of their eleven vehicles were stolen last Tuesday night.

Yeah, Philadelphia is going to pot, man. Try to open a business and sell some cars, and then this happens.

A car dealership open for less than a week in Philadelphia's Mayfair section is on the brink of closing for good after thieves made off with several cars on Wednesday.

"If we don't recover the cars, we probably won't survive it," said Nathan Kriegler, the co-owner of City Motors of Philadelphia. "It could be the start and the end all in the same week."

His building on Frankford Avenue was broken into by a group of people sometime overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.

They ransacked his office, stole the keys to seven of the 11 cars on the lot, and made off with them. They also broke into an eighth car and tried to hot-wire it but were unsuccessful.

They also made off with the titles of the cars.

City Motors was so new that they didn't even have security cameras, so I'll assume all these criminals are going to stay on the streets. Police have already tracked down three of the seven cars, leaving four still in the hands of criminals.

As for opening a business in Philadelphia, well, I'll just let co-owner Nathan Kriegler tell you how he feels:

I think if I had the choice all over, I would not come to Philadelphia. I think a lot of people are feeling that way.

Hopefully the other cars turn up. City Motors doesn't have insurance on the cars, save liability insurance, so they're going to need them back in order to keep the financial hit to a minimum.

But with this being Philadelphia, maybe it's best they close up shop. It's only going to get worse.

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