• Sep 30th 2009 at 10:59AM
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Holdiman Motor terminated dealer plea - click above image to watch the video

Since government money washed in to pump out General Motors' and Chrysler's swamped and nearly sunken businesses, there's been little mention of the cuts to the dealer base that both automakers have made as part of their rebirth. Tammy Darvish, whose DarCars Automotive Group lost two Chrysler outlets, has started a YouTube channel that encourages terminated dealers to send in videos telling their stories.

Co-chair of the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights, Darvish feels that the dealers' stories have largely been ignored. Many of the videos tell tales of long family histories in the dealership business, and all have an air of incredulity about how their American Dreams could be snatched away. These personal accounts may not return any franchises to operation, but at the very least, the effort is cathartic and airs the plight of the many hardworking employees that found work at the now-closed stores. An example of the numerous videos on the channel posted after the jump.

[Sources: Automotive News - sub req, YouTube]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I have no sympathy for these dealers anymore.
      I literally saved a local Buick dealer here in my town because I like the owner and he is a good man that does a lot in the town.
      I came up with the idea and got the ball rolling that eventually got his dealership a reprieve.
      After it was saved, he never sent me an email or letter thanking me, nor did he mention to the news that I came up with the idea that eventually got others involved and ultimately saved his dealership.
      Next time these guys can sink or swim on their own.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @Warren......Do you really believe Edmunds? They are in the business of sensationalism. 90% of their stuff is bogus. It just attracts people like you, that know nothing about a business they don't work in. Bogus companies and individuals are in every profession and they don't last long. How can a shady operation stay in business for decades? Word of mouth will kill an auto dealer's reputation within a couple of years. People don't keep going back after being taken advantage of the first time. I've been in the business for 35 years and 85% of my business is repeat. I have 2nd and 3rd generation customers. I didn't get this far as scam artist. Most of us are PROFESSIONAL.

      • 5 Years Ago
      More unemployment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a crime. We've got a Chevy dealer in the town I live in that's been around forever and is a higher-volume mover and it's closing? Now the closest Chevy dealer is like 20 miles away. How many people that were loyal to that dealer will move to other brands once it's time to buy again?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Umm...if your car is reliable why do you need a dealership closer than 20 miles away? Even if you're nuts and insist on buying OEM oil/filters/drain pan bolts or whatever you can just pick a few up when you're there.
        And seriously 20 miles is what, a 30 minute drive? How often are you going to your dealership that it's gonna matter whether it's 5 minutes or 30 minutes away.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course 30 minutes isn't a big deal. But not everyone is making a decision on 5 vs 30 minutes. When my wife bought her new car, one of the things that we had to deal with is do we go with the closer dealership which stinks, or do we add another 30 minutes to our 20 minute drive to go to a better dealership. We came to the conclusion that it was worth the almost hour long drive.

        But for the populace at large that are NOT enthusiasts, buying a car from Joe down the street, or Jim two citys over makes a HUGE impact.

        Also, nobody buys a car with the hope that it's not reliable. But s happens. And a long tow, or missed days of work, increase the cost of ownership quickly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, because how far your car would need to be towed to, or how long it takes to drive for scheduled maintenance shouldn't have anything to do with anything?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hate to see any business fail, especially one with a long family history. But how is this different from any other company that had to make cuts or folded. We hear this from small businesses and individuals all the time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because these arent FAILING dealerships. They were just dealerships that were shut down at the discresion of a bean counter. They werent failing. Their supplier was/is failing.

        If you own a mail order parts business and one of your biggest suppliers is going out of business or downsizing, do they have the right to also shut you down just arbitratly? No. They have the right to decide after your current contract is up that they wont do business with you, but they cant just ignore a contract because they think its in their best interest.

        I think I need to make it clear that I am for shutting down some of the dealerships. Particulary the ones that are in the toilet as far as customer service and building presentation. But those places should be given an oppertunity to get their act together and make a change. Not just randomly shut down because car czar says so.

        Im for following the law and this simply isnt happening. There are ways to acomplish this legally as shown by GM, but its clear that people want results yesterday and that simply wont happen. And in the push for immediate results you violate the law. I have a serious problem with that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's different because they were able to survive as a dealer and the government put them out of business. Way different than a dealer not making money and going out of business.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Not just randomly shut down because car czar says so......"

        @Eric & Dave
        What are you guys talking about?!? This was a move GM wanted to do. No laws were broken, it's amazing that until now, how much noise is being made about bankruptcy laws.....Think about it, everybody is ALL OVER THIS, don't you think if GM did something illegal in their process it would get called out on. And not because it's GM, because right now everyone is looking for whatever excuse to pull down the current administration.
        Come-on now.... don't go there, that's like blaming the previous administration for the death of someone child (soldier) in the Iraq war. Some dots don't connect like that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Tom very well may have been one of the good ones, but from what I've seen in Southern/Central Ontario is only the sh!t dealers are being let go. There is one dealership in my home town that is being let go -- good riddance; for years the sales staff was very unprofessional, quick to judge, terrible service and excuse after excuse to get out of doing warranty repairs. And they were the larger of the two dealers in this town.

      I'm very loyal to the Dodge/Chrysler/Jeep family, but I've had to weed out the idiots myself. The dealership we goto now is very professional, excellent showroom, excellent customer service and they really do care, which is why they're still in business.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sell a sub par product then complain when the manufacturer goes under and lets you go then act like its a surprise. Such BS...
      • 5 Years Ago
      mmm. tammy darvish. although crystal koons has that angela from "the office" look, tammy doesnt harrass you in the commercials.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That wouldn't have been Springhill Motor Co. (Chevy ) dealersip in Springhill, Louisiana would it ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Notice the car behind him is a dodge caravan. Not made by GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      we have a local dealer in Houston that is doing Radio ads to go to a website and sign a petition to save the dealership. http://www.saveknappchevy.com/

      an intersting plea but i dont know if it will do any good. alot of history is lost on some of these dealers like this one that has been in Houston since 1939
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good grief people, get your heads out of the sand.

      So, let me get this straight. You don't like a certain business, so it is ok to break all kinds of laws, to close down said business??

      What if someone doesn't like your business?? Is it ok to break all kinds of laws to close you down??

      Let me tell you something that hits closer to home. Because of the way that Chrysler closed dealerships................... if you own a Chrysler product..................... your vehicle just got devalued by a HUGE amount. Don't think so?? Go out and try to sell or trade your used Chrysler product right now. Remember that you are competing with dealerships that are closing, so they are fire saleing their product. In some cases, at 50% off. Think this doesn't affect the value of your vehicle??

      In my town (14K population), people who own Chrysler vehicles are so upside down right now, that they can't trade them in or sell them to save their lives. On top of that, banks hardly want to lend on them.

      Dealerships are having a hard time getting floorplanning, especially if they own multiple dealerships of different brands. Our local Ford store is owned by a family that also has another Ford/LM store, and a full brand GM store. They couldn't get floorplanning for their Ford stores, because they owned a GM store (nobody but GMAC will floorplan GM stores, right now). So, they had to split out the GM store, just so they could stock their Ford stores.

      BTW, I have no affiliation to any dealer, or anything else in the auto industry.............. but what is wrong is wrong. Everyone likes to forget all of the common folk who work at all of these dealerships. The receptionists, mechanics, body men, accountants, etc. Are they also to blame for a salesman who shafted you?? Do they all deserve to lose their jobs because you don't feel you got a good enough deal, or you couldn't get financed??

      Frankly, the selfishness shown by many people these days, is frightening at best.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What moron puts actual, hard-earned money down on a Chrysler?

        Such retards deserve what they get: the worst-made, most out-of-date cars built in America.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No Gloria, you don't get it. No one on here doesn't feel bad for the workers of these places. What we don't like is that car dealers have embraced capitalism in every way until now when it has bitten them in the ass. When a hot new car comes out that everyone wants they jack up the price, otherwise known as price gouging but now that things aren't going their way they want all of us to feel sorry for them and they want the government to intervene and give them more rights at the cost of the company or maybe even tax payers. They can't have it both ways when its good for them, especially when the rest of the people in this country who are loosing their jobs aren't asking the government to bail out their industry. The rest of us don't go crying on youtube, we pick ourselves up and find a new job or get a new education, that's the capitalist way which these guys have loved in the past and the American way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      An annual payroll of over $1,000,000; call it $1,1000,000 and 40 employees.... hmmm avg pay is $27,500. That SUCKS!!!!!!!
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