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Old 05-15-2009, 03:05 PM   #1
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Anyone lose a GM dealer today?

Please post if you have a GM dealer that is going away. No one is talking and even if the letters are out there, few dealers are saying either way.

So far here we have, in a 15 mile radius, 9 GMC or Chevy dealers. We had about a dozen up through last fall when one took a GM buyout offer and the other that also sells Cadillacs opened a Chevy section, then closed it after about a year.

No Chrysler here please, everyone knows the Chrysler list as it was made public. GM will not make the list public and many of the dealers aren't talkin', so if you have any info on any dealer, anywhere going away, please share it here. Sad day for me.....
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Old 05-15-2009, 03:34 PM   #2
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I hear they want major freeway exposure only. I suspect the Hansel group here in santa rosa will lose the Pontiac, Cadillac and Mazda store. They just bought it about 1 year ago. The land is worth plenty so who knows. We are also waiting to see how the landscape changes. Here at our dealer we have been calling around to see who it affected. It is a sad day for all of us. Each dealership employs and average of 40 people and accounts for much of the sales tax revenue in the cities.

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Old 05-15-2009, 03:47 PM   #3
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ST...we had one in Fordyce, Arkansas (Keeton Motors) say he received his letter. Such a shame! I have a friend that bought a dealership 2 years ago for 8 million smackers...he lost it yesterday! The folks that own our company (Airstream of Arkansas) had owned the Chevy store here in town since 1939!!! They sold it back in 2006 along with a Dodge Chrysler Jeep franchise...man are we glad to be out of the car business!

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Old 05-15-2009, 04:20 PM   #4
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This is what I found online:
Fordyce - At least one Arkansas General Motors dealer will be shutting down as the troubled Detroit automaker reduces its number of franchises.

Kenneth Keeton, owner and president of Keeton Motor Co. Inc. In Fordyce, tells The Associated Press that he ran down to meet the FedEx truck carrying the letter announcing his franchise would be cut from GM after October 2010. Keeton says he expected the news, even though his company has sold cars in the small Arkansas town for 42 years.

Looks like GM is giving dealers a little time.

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Old 05-15-2009, 05:24 PM   #5
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Yeah.. and you know why? because they want the dealer to sell down their inventories because in no way do they want it back!



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Fordyce - At least one Arkansas General Motors dealer will be shutting down as the troubled Detroit automaker reduces its number of franchises.

Kenneth Keeton, owner and president of Keeton Motor Co. Inc. In Fordyce, tells The Associated Press that he ran down to meet the FedEx truck carrying the letter announcing his franchise would be cut from GM after October 2010. Keeton says he expected the news, even though his company has sold cars in the small Arkansas town for 42 years.

Looks like GM is giving dealers a little time.

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Old 05-15-2009, 06:19 PM   #6
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.Yep, we lost one in every major town and city on the western slope of Colorado. (4) Durgango, Montrose, Delta, Criag, Grand Junction is ok
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:43 PM   #7
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First Illinois dealers identified:

Tom Sparks Buick in DeKalb

John Reichert, whose Reichert Automotive Group owns showrooms selling Chevrolet, Buick and Pontiac cars in Crystal Lake and Woodstock

GM dealer cuts Chicago: Tom Sparks Buick in DeKalb gets letter from GM about dealer cuts -- chicagotribune.com
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Old 05-15-2009, 06:56 PM   #8
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More possible closures found:

Eastern North Carolina Reed Lalier Chevrolet in Fayetteville NC (first said they got a letter, then said they did not get a letter)

Dorman Chevrolet in Roseboro NC

Warsaw Chevrolet in Warsaw NC

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Keeton Motor Co. Inc. in Fordyce, AK
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Looks like a total of 20 dealers will be cut in NC:

NCADA: 20 Or More GM Dealers To Close In N.C. - Raleigh - MyNC.com
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:09 PM   #10
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TN:

Team Chevy in Smyrna, TN-- letter received

Smyrna Dealer Affected By GM Closures - Automotive News Story - WSMV Nashville

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R.L. Reising Sales Inc. in the Chicago suburb of Beecher, Illinois, which has sold GM vehicles since 1929 and learned today by letter that its Chevrolet franchise agreement won’t be renewed.
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Old 05-15-2009, 07:15 PM   #11
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OH:

Three confirmed so far-

GM Sends Three Ohio Valley Car Dealerships Closure Notices - State Journal - STATEJOURNAL.com

Bell Chevrolet of Sistersville

Glen Dale Motors of Marshall County

Matthews Chevrolet of Brilliant


Not sure what state this one is in:

Woodland-based Lewis River Motor Co. found out Friday that it was among 1,100 dealerships General Motors Corp. plans to terminate by late 2010.


OH:

Dick Bigelow Chevrolet franchise in Parma


FL:

Six AutoNation GM franchises somewhere in FL
http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/...1/daily53.html


According to WULK in WI there are handfuls of dealerships that may have gotten letters...no confirmations..yet.....

Ok one now confirmed in WI:

Johnson Sales in Arlington, WI about 20 miles north of Madison


KS:

Merle Snider Motors in Winfield, KS confirmed to have gotten letter

http://www.kansascw.com/Global/story.asp?S=10369683


MS:

Courtesy Chevy Buick in Booneville confirmed to have gotten letter

http://www.wxvt.com/Global/story.asp?S=10370112
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MI:

Fox Pontiac Buick GMC in Alpine Township, Michigan.

GA:

Chuck Clancy Chevrolet dealership in Cartersville, Georgia.

SC:

Nourse Interstate Automall in Richburg, South Carolina.


IL:

Roseland Auto Sales on Chicago's South Side will go out of business presumably after 98 years


Unknown state appears to be in the Kansas City area:

Adams Chevrolet in Belton


It's just a rash all over the Internet. It's almost impossible to keep up with it all...there are literally 3-5 new ones coming up every few minutes!!

Possibly 18 more in MN:

http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/n...st_May_15_2009
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No confirmed lost of Chevy dealers here as of yet. But the rumor is the Chrysler/Jeep dealer up the road 2 miles from me got a letter of intent to close from Chrysler yesterday. They have served my little community here for 40 yrs. Its a family owned dealership. The Zappia family. They do a fine job of serving their customers. Not to mention the taxes they pay to our town. Dan Zappia said he will fight to keep it open.
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I work for a Honda dealership but the owner also has a Chevy and Hyundai franchise. He got a "Dear John" letter today from the folks in Detroit and is not very happy. He just invested over $10 million not more than two years ago to build a brand new facility to sell Chevrolet cars and trucks. The dealership is located in Norwalk, Iowa, just on the south edge of Des Moines.
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