To the Editor:
Wind-down dealers have not been offered enough compensation for being in business a long time.
General Motors has not offered to buy any special tools or inventory back. GM has forgotten all the programs the dealers participated in over the years: the driver's ed program, Courtesy Delivery program, On-a-Roll tire program, to name a few.
The cost is prohibitive each month for a small dealership, which makes it hard to survive.
Our dealership, a block building with steel trusses in the roof, was built in 1926 by my father, who was a senior in high school, and his older brother.
We are appalled at the way GM has pulled the rug out from under us and offered little compensation for our many years of dedication and service as a Chevrolet dealer.
We normally stock 15 to 20 new units but are now down to an Aveo, an SSR and a Corvette.
We looked at remodeling or relocating our dealership, and it would cost us anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000 -- with no guarantee that we would retain the dealership in the future. The cost would be prohibitive, and we could not afford to make all the necessary changes required by GM.
Many people have asked whether our dealership might be saved and they might be able to buy new cars and trucks from us again. Many customers have indicated that they will switch to a different make.
Nordmeier Bros. Chevrolet is proud to have been a GM dealership for 80-plus years, but now we are the forgotten dealer of the past.
We have never even received a personal thank you or acknowledgement from GM for being a faithful and long-standing Chevrolet dealer. How sad and pathetic.