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Old 03-09-2010, 06:02 PM
 
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One does have to wander where the governament politics came in on this matter since they presented such a firm case for it before.Why did they really change their minds;politics or because its better for the company?

POLITICS all the way!

I live in the DC metro area (VA) and two of our local mega-dealers (Tammy Darvish & Jack Fitgerald) each lost GM franchises....Fitgerald lost three...not sure about Darvish. Anyway they both put up a huge stink, running TV ads and whining about it in many newspaper articles.

So they did what everybody in DC does....they turned their lawyers and lobbyists loose on the Capitol and the politicians caved.

And this isn't some rural area where you have to drive 75 miles to find another GM dealer....this is a metropolitan area of 4+ million people. If your GM dealership was forced to close...all you would have had to do is walk across the street, or down a couple of blocks to one that wasn't closed. Around here, new car dealerships are like ****, they're everywhere!
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Old 03-09-2010, 10:35 PM
 
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The Camaro is saving GM.
LOL!!!
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:13 AM
 
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The Camaro is saving GM.
If that is what they are relying on, they're screwed.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:02 AM
 
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If GM was a profitable business that wasn't owned by my government I could care less if they opened up 1,000 more dealerships and had their salespeople wear pink speedos. It just bothers me that a way to get them back to profitability has been backhanded.
It's been shown that many of the dealerships that had been slated to be closed were profitable, some of them very, very profitable.

To me that ought to be the sole factor in determining whether or not a dealership remains open. Is it making money?

Closing a dealership also has a far wider effect economically, especially locally, than just saving GM money.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:58 PM
 
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But the reqason they first gave was not about the dealership being profitable. But the large number of dealers making them sell vehicle at reduced prices therefore having a influence on the actual value of those cars;plus the dealerships themselves.Some look like they are stuck in the 70's.
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