Darvish geared up for action. First, she made sure DARCARS would be stable. Second, she brought the voices of many affected dealers to Washington. She teamed up with dealers Jack Fitzgerald and Alan Spitzer to form the advocacy group Committee to Restore Dealer Rights.
Darvish said many of the franchises that were taken from one dealer were subsequently handed over to another, with little transparency or explanation. Throughout this process, Darvish and her fellow dealers lobbied for legislation that would help dealers in what she called the "relentless pursuit of fighting for democracy."
The legislation passed, buried in the appropriations bill. That forced then-President Barack Obama to approve it or delay passing the federal budget. Though many of the franchises had already been parceled out, some dealers were able to get their franchises back through arbitration, or at least settle with the automakers.
In addition, the legislation prevented a second round of rejections. "Not only were we fighting for the rejected dealers, for me we were fighting for our industry," Darvish said. "It can't just be the dealers' fight. It can't just be the manufacturers' fight."
Darvish's book on the downturn, Outraged: How Detroit and the Wall Street Car Czars Killed the American Dream, was published in 2011. Darvish wanted to create a historical account of the initial anger and fear that stemmed from the rejections, lack of transparency and having to renegotiate nearly every part of the auto group's operations.
Darvish, who was named to Automotive News' list of 100 Leading Women in the North American Auto Industry in 2010, stepped back from her 30-year run with DARCARS a few years ago. The group ranks No. 38 on Automotive News' list of the top 150 dealership groups based in the U.S., with retail sales of 21,953 new vehicles in 2018.
But she hasn't left the industry completely.
"I love the automotive industry. It is an industry that drives the American economy," Darvish said. "It's so important for the dealers and manufacturers to continually be as aligned as possible because that's how we thrive most."