Dealers whose stores were rejected by Chrysler and General Motors now can tell their stories in person on a new Internet TV channel.
The channel, whose Web address is youtube.com/rejecteddealers, went live Tuesday, Sept. 22, and already had more than 60 videos posted and about 5,900 viewers as of Thursday night, Sept. 24, said Tammy Darvish, a co-chair of the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights.
Darvish said she had sent letters to the owners of all the dealerships rejected by Chrysler and GM, telling them about the channel and inviting them to use iPhones or video cameras to tell their stories.
"This is your opportunity to be heard," she told the dealers.
"No one has heard their story. It's so much easier to watch it live. Dealers take a lot of comfort in telling their stories themselves."
Darvish said her 14-year-old daughter, Nadia, suggested the idea of putting the dealer testimonies on YouTube and got an assist from her 11-year-old cousin, Shayon Parsadoust.
Darvish, vice president of DarCars Automotive Group in Silver Spring, Md., lost two stores when Chrysler terminated 789 dealerships in June. She said she notified staffers of every member of Congress urging them to view the dealer stories on the site.