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CALIFORNIA, Mo. -- After its long-time owners stepped away earlier this year, the Spieler's car dealership in California is under new ownership.

Cliff Harris has taken over the business and plans to have a grand opening later this year under the new name California Chrysler.

Harris owns three other dealerships: Warrensburg Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat, Warrensburg Ford and Marshall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

"We believe in taking care of our customers. In fact, that is our slogan — 'We want you to be another happy customer' — and we live by that," Harris said.

Though most things will stay the same within the company, Harris plans to add some new service equipment, an alignment machine and rack, and a new tire machine and balancer with hopes of becoming a full-service dealership.

Harris will be a new face at the business, but there will still be some familiar ones.

Mark Knipp, who has been with Spieler's for more than 30 years, will be the general manager at California Chrysler. Bruce Rosenmiller, Bernie Bestgen, Bonnie Allee, Darren Haldiman and Robert Dumsday all remain in parts and service, Christina Miller in the office, John Schoenfeld in sales and Kevin Woolery in detail.

But Harris said they're always looking to hire some new faces in all departments.

"All the employees are basically the same, so there's still the same familiar faces when they come in," Knipp said. "We offer all the same services that we did with Spieler's. We are looking forward to still servicing the California area and beyond."

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