John Delehanty, 58, will close his stand-alone Pontiac dealership in 2010 but wants another General Motors brand.
For Rob Brown, 49, "the party's over" for his 83-year-old Pontiac business. At the end of 2010, he'll close it and rely on his Mazda, Hyundai and Honda franchises.
The dealers join thousands of dealers, salespeople and technicians wrestling with the demise of Pontiac. The Pontiac family must pack up their memories and move on.
On Monday, April 27, GM said it would phase out Pontiac by the end of 2010, part of a restructuring plan to stave off bankruptcy.
"I was shocked," says Brown, owner of Brown Pontiac in Toledo, Ohio.
GM told dealers this year that Buick, Pontiac and GMC were profitable brands, Brown says. "So I just thought Pontiac never would go away. It just sickens me to see this happen to a company that has this much heritage. It was so badly mishandled."
Delehanty, owner of Delehanty Pontiac in Flushing, Mich., near Flint, expected the news. "I didn't get down over it."