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GM Dealers Share Frustrations Over Closings


  For the second time in two days, dealerships were dreading a delivery. On Thursday Chrysler delivered the news to almost 800 of its dealers that it was pulling the plug on their partnerships, on Friday it was GM's turn. 

  General Motors notified about 1100 dealers that it will end its franchise agreements with them. What's different about Friday's situation is that there was no list of dealers that was sent out to the media. So it's still unknown which Western Wisconsin GM dealerships were cut loose.

  Dealers were supposed to be notified by phone or Fed Ex. As of Friday afternoon, Keyes Chevy in Menomonie, Karl's Chevy in Colfax, and Nels Gunderson in Osseo told News 18 they did not receive a letter.

  "If you got the letter, you'll at least know what's going on. Those of us that may not get the letter, if I'm in that situation, nobody really knows for sure, but we believe that's the situation we're in. We still have to wait and see how this whole thing plays out," says Nels Gunderson.

  On Friday numerous GM dealers across Western Wisconsin Told News 18 their frustarations weren't just with General Motors.

  "I think we all believe there's lot of so-called government intervention getting involved in this thing due to the money and everything else. And I think that's where most of their frustration comes from," says Gunderson.

That's a sentiment being felt by more than just GM dealers.

"I think this administration set a standard that we can walk in and take your business away from you anytime we want. And that's setting a tone that makes us all nervous. Whether you've got a Toyota store, Ford store, Honda store, General Motors, or Chrysler," says Bloomer Ford co-owner Andy Lamb.

 "From the flipside, they've got to try and get a plan and a direction. Just the sooner the better, get it done with. Get it moving forward. We don't necessarily think it's fair, but it's a reality we have to deal with," says Gunderson.

Gunderson added that even though he didn't recieve a letter on Friday, that doesn't mean he's in the clear yet.

"My mother taught me a long time ago, 'Don't worry about things you can't control,' and that's one thing we can't control at this point."

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