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Old 11-25-2008, 05:25 PM   #21
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Just before I left Saturn after 5 years in Sept of this year, GM announced non-Saturn dealers could perform warranty work on Saturns (if they want, and they could NOT advertise the fact that they did).

Beginning of the end indeed.

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Old 11-25-2008, 07:22 PM   #22
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It's a similar story here, with three dealers within about 30-45 min. The main point of irritation in getting to any of them is traffic depending on where you are coming from. Things are slow for every dealer now...


I thought there was another one on LI? GR898SL2 had mentioned it in another thread.
There are two Saturn dealers left and both look to be on borrowed time. The present owner of the Smithtown store also runs Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep, which isn't a good sign. The Hempstead store is an independently-owned retailer. I was under the impression the Burns Automotive Group got Hempstead up and running, but could be wrong.

I'll be surprised if either Saturn retailer makes it through next year. If I get back into the Saturn fold, it will either be used, or I'll make the trek to White Plains. (That's assuming GM is still around and hasn't filed Chapter 11 )


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Old 11-26-2008, 03:03 PM   #23
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I spoke with someone in the community who handles shipments of vehicles (mostly GM) in casual chitchat. I was a bit shocked to learn that new vehicle shipments have not really slowed down.

As to where GM is dumping these things, its uncertain. Its most certainly not the dealerships...

I wonder if the supply chain hasn't downshifted yet.

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Wow, getting warranty work done is sometimes painful at a Saturn dealer. With the experiences ive had with non-Saturn dealers and warranty work, i question who would actually want to do it...other than out of necessity due to location.

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Old 11-26-2008, 05:14 PM   #24
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Alas, one of the two "closest" Saturn retailers that I have gone to has closed in the past week.

Saturn of West Broad (near Richmond, VA) closed on November 21.

The ownership group once had 5 Saturn retailers in the Richmond and Tidewater areas. Now I think they are down to 3, or maybe even 2.

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Old 11-26-2008, 07:00 PM   #25
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There are 3 Saturn dealerships in my area (Saturn 417, Saturn of Aylmer and Turpin Saturn) and to date they all seem to be going strong.

Obviously I don't know how well they are doing but I swear I am seeing more Astras, Auras and Vues on the road on an almost daily basis, so business can't be that bad.

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Old 11-26-2008, 07:12 PM   #26
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No SATURN stores closed

1 Chevy Store closed
1 Nissan store closed
3 Mitsubishi stores closed
2 Suzuki store closed
1 Ford store closed

To be honest about 15 new car stores have closed in the area. Not one SATURN store ..... yet.

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Old 11-27-2008, 12:12 AM   #27
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we've had two Ford dealers close, an autoway chevy quickly folded last week, autoway dodge was bought by another dealership and another dodge dealership said goodbye.

Saturn dealers are doing well here. the one a mile from my house is expanding.

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Old 11-27-2008, 12:33 AM   #28
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nissan and suzuki stores are now closed...

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Old 11-27-2008, 01:49 AM   #29
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San Diego area had six Saturn dealerships which are all owned by the same owner - one has closed, making it five.. not sure which one, but it might have been out in the boonies. I drove by Saturn of Kearny Mesa and all I saw was used cars so they may also have converted that one to strictly used vehicles.

All the dealers are feeling it here. Not totally up on it but I know a Jeep dealership shut down as did a Mazda(-Kia?) dealer, and two Fords are merging. Even a Toyota dealership in Pacific Beach has been abandoned (they may have just moved).

One thing I do know .. when I drive by any dealership here I never see any customers walking around looking at cars !! There's just no traffic.

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Old 11-28-2008, 12:08 PM   #30
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San Diego area had six Saturn dealerships which are all owned by the same owner - one has closed, making it five.. not sure which one, but it might have been out in the boonies. I drove by Saturn of Kearny Mesa and all I saw was used cars so they may also have converted that one to strictly used vehicles.

All the dealers are feeling it here. Not totally up on it but I know a Jeep dealership shut down as did a Mazda(-Kia?) dealer, and two Fords are merging. Even a Toyota dealership in Pacific Beach has been abandoned (they may have just moved).

One thing I do know .. when I drive by any dealership here I never see any customers walking around looking at cars !! There's just no traffic.
I'd not be surprised to hear of a lot of owners of multiple Saturn dealerships in the same area closing some of the stores and consolidating. Each dealership location is extra overhead. Just because all you see when yo drive by a dealer is used cars does not mean that it has ceased to be a new car dealership. You have to actually walk through the lot to see if they have new cars. So few people are buying new cars that my local aturn dealer has new cars, but a lot of the cars put out front in the lot are used cars that look clean with low ball prices on the windshield. Dealerships are really going all out to try to attract the bargain hunters.

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Old 12-03-2008, 01:30 AM   #31
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Austin hasn't been affected by the economic crisis that much, we lost a Pontiac-GMC dealer, a Kia dealer(Also due to competition from the mega-dealer Capitol Kia), and a Suzuki dealer.

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Old 12-03-2008, 02:24 AM   #32
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Sounds like they're all on borrowed time.

Oh well, I'm just glad I had the experience of buying a new one back when they were in their heyday.

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Old 12-03-2008, 06:43 AM   #33
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It looks like the end of Saturn is closer. This is from CNN:
http://money.cnn.com/2008/12/02/news...ion=2008120217
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In an effort to cut costs, GM also suggested that two of its brands - Pontiac and Saturn - could essentially be dropped. GM said it would make Pontiac merely a niche product sold by other dealerships and explore alternatives for Saturn dealers. The company had previously announced it was looking at a possible sale of its Hummer brand.

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Old 12-03-2008, 10:16 AM   #34
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No, it looks like media speculation. The same media speculation that is scaring us into the very recession that we wish to avoid. The same media speculation that causes many of the problems we're facing today. I hate the media, and the internet panic monkeys are just as bad.

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Old 12-03-2008, 11:35 AM   #35
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To answer the OP's question - does my Saturn dealership closing back in '05/'06 count, less than a year after I bought my L300? And then this year I received a postcard from another dealer for a complimentary oil change!? It only took them 3yrs to find me on the mailing list. And I didn't bother to take them up on their offer..........

The sad truth is that this accelerated downfall in the economy will require every major manufacturer to consolidate brands which automatically means opening their doors to service every model if the local model (like Saturn) dealership closes. This simply means better management, experienced mechanics/technicians servicing different models in the long run after a hopefully brief learning period adjusting to and accomodating all the models with their peculiarities. A forced business model.

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Old 02-28-2009, 01:18 PM   #36
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saturn dealer im my town is closeing in a week and i have to drive an half hour to next dealer for warrenty work.

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Old 02-28-2009, 02:00 PM   #37
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Both Long Island Saturn retailers are still open, so hopefully they can survive 2009. One had a well-equipped late-model ION with the 2.4L, which is very rare on the Island. At $13K the price is reasonable. If any bank was willing to extend more credit to me than I could presently handle, I would have bought it already.


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Old 02-28-2009, 06:25 PM   #38
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All 3 Rhorman dealerships are still open here. I take my vehicle to the closest one, which is about 12 minutes away. The farthest one from me is about an hour or so away from me in Lake Barrington, which isn't a Rhorman dealership. Honestly, if Rhorman closed all of his Saturn dealerships then I'd be in some pretty deep **** because, quite honestly, I don't know if I could be making the drive all the time to Lake Barrington. I went down there to get my first Saturn, the used LS2, and I can remember what a hike it was to and from. To be doing that ALL the time would be a major pain the ass for me.

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Old 03-01-2009, 09:53 PM   #39
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Cape Girardeau, about two miles south of St. Louis, lost its retailer late last year. It was the newest one in eastern Missouri, so we're reduced to a store in Columbia, (two hours west of town) St. Peters (a western exurb), four in St. Louis County and one in O'Fallon, IL (an eastern exurb). One of the St. Louis County stores recently adopted the new look, the 3rd retailer nationwide to go "under the knife" as it were - now it looks like they may all just go under.

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Old 03-01-2009, 11:13 PM   #40
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Cape Girardeau, about two miles south of St. Louis, lost its retailer late last year. It was the newest one in eastern Missouri, so we're reduced to a store in Columbia, (two hours west of town) St. Peters (a western exurb), four in St. Louis County and one in O'Fallon, IL (an eastern exurb). One of the St. Louis County stores recently adopted the new look, the 3rd retailer nationwide to go "under the knife" as it were - now it looks like they may all just go under.

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I think you meant Cape Girardeau was two hours south of St. Louis. At least it was when I got my Bachelor degree in Social Work. I just went to Saturn of Creve Coeur's website and it still seems to be going. This dealership is 300 yards from my office. It was sweet when I needed warranty work. I have only purchased a bolt for my air filter housing since my extended warranty was out. To me, it was like going back to your home town and not feeling at home. So, for me, the only concern I have is in getting parts for my Saturn since they no longer offer products that meet my needs. I am like Ritz since I do a lot of my own servicing of my car or take it to a local ASE shop.

When I grew up there was a Chevy dealer that sold all kinds of GM brands, a Ford dealership, and a Chrysler dealership. Still think it is that way. Maybe that is what it will go back to combining brands under one roof.

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