WOODBRIDGE - A Woodbridge car dealer says severing his relationship with Chrysler actually helped his business improve, despite his worries that he would be forced to close.

Last year, Chrysler ended its contracts with nearly 800 dealerships, including Crest Dodge. Dick Fitzpatrick, the principal dealer there, says he felt betrayed and thought the loss would force him to close the dealership.

Instead, the dealership has shifted its focus to other brands, such as Lincoln, and has opened a new Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center. Now, Fitzpatrick says the dealership is seeing more business than before.

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