GM ends tie with Booneville dealership

BOONEVILLE – A day after Gary Cartwright got word that Chrysler was ending its ties with his dealership, Sammy Green got similar grim news from General Motors.
Green, dealer and co-owner of Courtesy Chevrolet Buick, said he had wasn’t too surprised.
“We’d been expecting this,” Green said. “This is a small town. We’ve been here 16 years and GM has been very good for us. But sometimes you have to move on.”
GM informed about 1,100 of its dealers Friday that they were fired because of weak sales.
Courtesy’s news came a day after Cartwright Motors was told by Chrysler it was ending its lease agreement as of June 9.
At least Green and business partner Larry Bethea have a while to mull over their next move. Green said the letter from GM, sent via FedEx, indicated his dealer agreement will end in October of next year.
“That’s a year-and-a-half and anything can happen,” Green said. “Right now, we’re going to take a step back, take a deep breath and decide what plan ‘B’ is, because there’s no more plan ‘A.’”
Other GM dealerships in Northeast Mississippi said they had not received letters or calls and assumed they were safe.
“No news is good news, I suppose,” said Rudy Dossett Jr. of Dossett Big Four in Tupelo. Dossett carries Buick, Pontiac, Cadillac and GMC.
“I do know one thing – I’ve checked my mailbox twice, and nothing,” he said. “But I felt good going into this.”
GM said dealers could appeal the decision, but Green said he wasn’t ready to commit one way or the other.
“We’re going to take a little time to talk things over and see what our next move is,” he said. “But we’re not closed yet, we’re still open and still selling and servicing cars.”
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