If A GM Dealer Isn't On This List, It's Dead

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

Before I leave TTAC, I will find and publish the list of GM dealers culled during the “transformation” from Old GM to New GM. In sworn Congressional testimony, GM’s CEO Fritz Henderson promised—begrudgingly—to provide the list of dead dealers trading to Senator Jay Rockefeller. This on the same occasion that Henderson pledged that New GM would be completely transparent to its new owners (the U.S. taxpayer). Post-hearing, Rockefeller’s office refuses to talk to me about the list; they no longer answer my calls. So either Rockefeller received the list of GM’s dead dealers from the nationalized automaker and suppressed it, or GM reneged on its promise to provide the 411. CNN’s Chris Isadore and others in the MSM couldn’t give a shit. They see the list as proprietary information critical to GM’s competitiveness. I see this as a travesty. GM and its political cronies are withholding critical information from consumers considering GM products. Consumers who own the company. So . . . I’m getting close.

Here’s a link to a GM dealer locator website stocked with only the dealers who will make the cut. [Thanks to you-know-who-you-are] If a GM dealer ISN’T on this list, it’s dead.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the number crunchers needed to compare existing GM dealers with this list of survivors. And what’s the bet this website will be “modified” within hours of this post? Not to worry. If I have anything to say about it, the truth will out.

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  • Wsn Wsn on Sep 30, 2009
    FreedMike : September 29th, 2009 at 8:08 pm Spending $50B on GM is the Commie way. I don’t think the definition I learned in poli sci quite matches yours. ----------- Well, by strict definitions, the former USSR, and China before reform were not Commies either. When I say "spending $50B on GM is the Commie way", I meant that's what the not-so-Commie USSR would have done.
  • FreedMike FreedMike on Sep 30, 2009
    wsn : September 30th, 2009 at 10:28 am When I say “spending $50B on GM is the Commie way”, I meant that’s what the not-so-Commie USSR would have done. The Soviets would have spent $50 billion to keep a private enterprise in business? Hardly. They'd have simply marched in with guns and taken the place over, and forced them to make tanks, or washing machines, or whatever else the Politburo deemed as the product du jour. And under "pure" communism, GM would have been a government-owned company to begin with, so no bail out would have been needed. I think you need to bone up on your history.
  • Njdave Njdave on Sep 30, 2009

    Autosavant: Hey! My sister lives in WV. Actually, it's even worse than you said, just don't tell her I said that.

  • Boyphenom666 Boyphenom666 on Oct 17, 2009

    I love it whenever something I do hits the media. Yours truly is the source of the list which was posted here first: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/remembering_retail/message/22169 boyphenom666@aol.com GM is either dumb, or they did this on purpose.