business as usual at Tom Tepe AutoCenter
The news of over 1,000 General
Motors dealers getting the word that their contracts will cease
and they will be out, hasnt affected Tom Tepe AutoCenter
According to Harry Tepe, vice president and co-owner of the dealership,
they are not affected by the news many GM dealerships are still
reeling from that they can no longer sell GM and Chrysler vehicles
as they have in the past.
Its business as usual, Tepe told The Versailles
Republican. And thats busy for the dealership that Tepe
says is number one in Southeastern Indiana. When asked what the
dealership was doing as the auto industry struggles, he noted
that they havent cut advertising and many of their customers
are repeat customers who refer others.
Tepe noted, Its just a matter of being strong in the
community and supporting customers - it comes back to you.
While this places a hardship on many dealerships, having to sell
fewer brands or perhaps even close, the U.S. Treasury Department
Office of Public Affairs had this to say. As difficult as
these announcements are for the dealers that will no longer be
selling GM and Chrysler cars and the communities in which they
operate, without the Presidents intervention, the entire
GM and Chrysler dealer networks could have been lost.
While the forecast is bleak for many dealerships, and the prospect
of losing thousands more jobs looms, the U.S. Treasury Department
says, By supporting a restructuring that results in stronger
car companies - supported by efficient and effective dealer networks
- this process will not only provide more stability and certainty
for current employees, but the prospect for future employment
Tepe noted that this is a good time to buy. He says GMAC, a finance
company for GM vehicles, has some great deals with special financing.
They have plenty of cash, theyre making loans,
he noted, saying General Motors also offers superior warranty
coverage. The warranties will still be honored, Tepe assured those
who might question the validity of warranties due to the recent
The Milan dealership that employs 44 not only has new Chevrolets,
Buicks, and Pontiacs to sell, but a wide variety of pre-owned
vehicles. We have everything from foreign cars to current
late model GM cars, Tepe noted.
Tepe said the customers are the best and he believes his dealerships
commitment to them has kept the business in tact during these
Ripley County has had a GM franchise since 1927 with Tom Tepe
continuing the GM tradition for the past 22 years.