GM to Combine GMC and Buick Dealerships

August 31, 2009

As General Motors continues to reorganize after its emergence from bankruptcy protection, the company has announced that it will combine all of its Buick, Pontiac, and GMC stores into Buick and GMC dealerships. Stand-alone Buick and GMC stores will no longer exist, and of course, Pontiac is going away as a brand. This means all 3,000 or so Buick/Pontiac/GMC dealers will be combined into the 2,000 Buick and GMC stores--with no stand-alone units--by October of next year.

Speaking of Pontiac, General Motors also says that by Sept. 1, only 16,000 or 17,000 units will be left. Discontinued Pontiac models are selling better than expected. Whether this is because of buyers hoping to grab a piece of history before its too late or because buyers want to grab desirable models with  decent car insurance quotes like the Pontiac G8, it's hard to say.

It's also hard to say if the dealer consolidation will cause any more dealerships to close, but obviously there will have to be some reduction in numbers. Our guess is that the bulk of the consolidation will come from stores that currently operate all three brands, so they will simply drop Pontiac. Other consolidation will come from dealer groups that own separate stores. Some stand-alone stores could potentially add the other brand, as well.

Either way, should you want to purchase a Pontiac, now's the time. And if you prefer GMC trucks over their Chevrolet brethren, well, you might be looking for your local GMC/Buick dealership instead of your local GMC store.

[Source: Automotive News via Autoblog]

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