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Old 04-25-2009, 09:45 AM   #1
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Sad News On a Saturday morning

Well.... I have to say I am shocked/pissed/sad... I know some of you are going to probably think I am being stupid..... Maybe some of you will understand.


I got a text from my salesman last night and a couple missed calls on my cell. ( he is also a good friend of mine) I am thinking he was trying to call me to tell me that they got their dealer car in. I tried calling back but no answer. Well Ofcourse Im thinking that lucky SOB is out riding in the camaro and wont answer my call and Im stuck here at work.....

Well This morning............I get another text from him.

"I need to tell you something"

Hmmm... Doesn't sound like its about a camaro......

So I send him one back saying call me.


Well He calls....

Him: "Hey..... Uh..... I have something to tell you......

Me: The Camaro Dealer car came in right?? right? right?

Him: Uh...no.... We had a meeting yesterday.....And well As of Thursday I will no longer have a job.....................

Me: What? what do you mean? you are quitting? :( I know they didn't fire you.....did they? Oh ok... This is some kind of joke right? Ha ha you had me....

Him: No Im serious... They are closing the dealership down.... Thursday is the last day

Me: :(

Him: This wasn't expected at all..... They had a meeting yesterday and Everyone else went in the back and I stayed out front for anyone that came in and 2mins later everyone was fussing or crying or slamming doors So I went back there to find out wth is going on... and Dick (yes that is his name, the owner of the dealership) is there with tears in his eyes saying it over...The dealership is not sustaining itself and doesn't see any turn around coming.....

Me: I can't believe this..... I feel like you just called and told me that my dog died or something.....

Him: I didn't see this coming at all....I knew sales were down but not bad enough to close the store down......

Me: I knew when he bought that crappy dodge dealership 2 years ago it wouldn't be good....

Him: Well he's keeping that open...

Me: what? that place has been losing money forever you go in there and there is tumble weeds rolling across the parking lot...

Him: I know... I dont know....Maybe he just hasn't told them yet and doesn't and doesn't want them to know before he can tell them....

Me:

Said he was going to come by later....

I can't believe it...

I knew most everyone there... And If I had time when I was in the area I would always stop and talk... especially after the camaro was debuted...I have bought 10 new vehicles from them in the past 4 or so years..

It may sound weird but its almost like losing a family member... I always enjoyed going there... All the other dealers I have went to just seemed like they were trying to get your attention on one thing while they had their hand in your wallet....
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:54 AM   #2
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Sorry to hear this. I do understand. At least you did not have one on order. Sorry to hear about your friend and his job. That sucks. Really don't understand the keeping the Dodge dealership open if it is in worse shape than the GM dealership.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:54 AM   #3
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That's a sad story, and I feel bad for you and the dealership too. Can't even imagine how that hurts.

So have a few of these, then have a good and then get back up, brush yourself off and go find another Camaro. This should make you feel alot better.
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:54 AM   #4
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That horrible- unfortunately we will see a lot more of this in 2009
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Old 04-25-2009, 09:56 AM   #5
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That sucks. I wonder how many more... how many more.*Sigh*
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:07 AM   #6
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About 1700 to be exact.
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:11 AM   #7
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sorry to hear that man
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:34 AM   #8
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Here is what you, call Camaro Scotty and order a new camaro
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:35 AM   #9
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About 1700 to be exact.

1700.... ....

Wow.... that's a LOT of closings....
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:41 AM   #10
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:51 AM   #11
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:00 AM   #12
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About 1700 to be exact.
I just wonder if the announced 9 week shut down this summer (instead of the usual 2) will coincide with a lot of additional dealership closings.

It would make sense since there would be a lot of vehicles already in the manufacturing pipeline that will need a new dealership destination. The extra 7 weeks will give GM time to sort it out.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:02 AM   #13
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Sorry to hear buddy...a good dealership is like a member of the family to a lot of people...and a lot of people are going to be losing good friends over the next few years.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:04 AM   #14
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About 1700 to be exact.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:12 AM   #15
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There are rumors about 2 local dealers here being behind the 8-ball. They have lots of inventory and not much is selling. People are afraid to buy a GM vehicle with all the government intervention.

I know a fella who sells Fords and he says business has been ok despite everything. He was working for a B-P-GMC but sales were so bad last year they let him go. That B-P-GMC has very few new cars on the lot, they been pushing program cars.
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:13 AM   #16
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It's a real shame is what it is!!!
"WHEN" I had a job, I used to drive by a Chevrolet dealer and they had closed down as well.
PISSES ME OFF ACTUALLY!!
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Old 04-25-2009, 11:31 AM   #17
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When you read about things like this it goes from being a statistic on the news to hard reality... its someone's good neighbor, friend, established business... :(
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:17 PM   #18
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Wow that sucks. Hopefully these guys get back on thier feet somewhere else as far as jobs.But im sure you will be able to get your Camaro somewhere else...Good Luck!
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This is happening more and more - in the past three weeks, I know of 4 dealerships that I once called on as a District Manager -- one goes the whole way back to 1916 ---

.....horrible nightmare...........


I would assume you have an order number -- the dealer will need to tell the District Manager to divert to another store so that you may take delivery.
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:26 PM   #20
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Heart-breaking.
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:28 PM   #21
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Such a sad story... Definitely puts things like our new Camaro orders in the back seat. Hope we start seeing a turnaround soon...:(
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Old 04-25-2009, 12:32 PM   #22
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This is happening more and more - in the past three weeks, I know of 4 dealerships that I once called on as a District Manager -- one goes the whole way back to 1916 ---

.....horrible nightmare...........


I would assume you have an order number -- the dealer will need to tell the District Manager to divert to another store so that you may take delivery.
I know its tuff times.. Just really sad....They were like a part of my family for lack of a better term....

I have a small business and was trying very hard to get the cash for the downpayment it was the last day for the preorders and I was on my way with cash to place my order and someone else got there before I did. They only had one allocation (which I thought was weird at the time)

In a way it might have been better that someone else did get there before me because things took a turn for the worse with my business... Still trying to hold on. Just hoping for better days ahead.


I dont think this was GM shutting them down.... I think it was just the owner.. I could be wrong. But supposedly GM is coming to pick up the vehicles next week sometime.. :(
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Goddam this economic time. Best wishes to all affected.
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Man, that really sucks!
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thats sad, these times are tough, we just have to stick it through, and hold our heads high een when we want to have our heads down. Theres light at the end of the tunnel
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