Recently, I had my 2012 Chrysler 200 serviced (oil change), and my
mechanic, who I've trusted for years, noted that my car was not
equipped with skid plates (he was under the impression that all
Chrysler models came equipped with said plates).
I did some googling and found plenty of posts around the net
discussing missing skid plates on Jeeps, but not specifically for the
200/300 series. Was this a goof on Chrysler's part, or was it a
deliberate design change/cost cutting measure? Not that I think I
actually need the plates, as I don't drive the car on rough roads or
under tough conditions.
Just trying to get a clue, that's all...
There are some cars that have complete plastic bottom covers over
everything. Some people might think they are skid plates. Don't
recall what car but I recently read of one where you had to take off
part of the bottom covers to change the oil filter. I would not be
surprised if some lazy owners or shop monkeys were taking them off and
throwing them away.