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    C. E. White
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    Default Largest Chevrolet Dealer Group CLosing Doors

    Bill Heard Enterprises closes its doors

    Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the world's top-selling Chevrolet
    dealership group, is closing the doors at its 13 stores today, the
    company said in a statement. The company notified the stores’ general
    managers at 2 p.m. today, said a source familiar with the situation,
    who spoke anonymously. High fuel prices, canceled floorplanning from
    GMAC Financial Services, a reliance on sales of pickups ...




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    necromancer
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    On Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:53:03 -0400, "C. E. White"
    <cewhite3@removemindspring.com> wrote:

    >Bill Heard Enterprises closes its doors
    >
    >Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the world's top-selling Chevrolet
    >dealership group, is closing the doors at its 13 stores today, the
    >company said in a statement. The company notified the stores’ general
    >managers at 2 p.m. today, said a source familiar with the situation,
    >who spoke anonymously. High fuel prices, canceled floorplanning from
    >GMAC Financial Services, a reliance on sales of pickups ...


    And this:

    "As MBJ sister paper Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in July 2007,
    Bill Heard faced a $50 million deceptive advertising lawsuit and was
    bombarded with a litany of complaints from consumers in the states
    where it operated."

    Ref:
    http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/s...2/daily19.html

    --
    "When you can't afford the gas to drive to the job
    that you are fixing to lose to pay for the house you
    can't afford... That's pretty much the recession
    tri-fecta..."
    --Jay Leno

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    coachrose13@hotmail.com
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    Default Re: Largest Chevrolet Dealer Group CLosing Doors

    On Sep 24, 5:06*pm, necromancer
    <55_sux@worldofnecromancer_no_spam_no_way.org> wrote:
    > On Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:53:03 -0400, "C. E. White"
    >
    > <cewhi...@removemindspring.com> wrote:
    > >Bill Heard Enterprises closes its doors

    >
    > >Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the world's top-selling Chevrolet
    > >dealership group, is closing the doors at its 13 stores today, the
    > >company said in a statement. The company notified the stores general
    > >managers at 2 p.m. today, said a source familiar with the situation,
    > >who spoke anonymously. High fuel prices, canceled floorplanning from
    > >GMAC Financial Services, a reliance on sales of pickups *...

    >
    > And this:
    >
    > "As MBJ sister paper Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in July 2007,
    > Bill Heard faced a $50 million deceptive advertising lawsuit and was
    > bombarded with a litany of complaints from consumers in the states
    > where it operated."
    >



    Thanks for the little piece of info. Otherwise, the Jim Higgins' of
    the world might otherwise try to use the closing of these dealerships
    as proof that Chevys are not selling anymore.




    > Ref:http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/s...2/daily19.html
    >
    > --
    > "When you can't afford the gas to drive to the job
    > *that you are fixing to lose to pay for the house you
    > *can't afford... That's pretty much the recession
    > *tri-fecta..."
    > * * * * * * * --Jay Leno



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    Jim Higgins
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    Default Re: Largest Chevrolet Dealer Group CLosing Doors

    coachrose13@hotmail.com wrote:
    > On Sep 24, 5:06 pm, necromancer
    > <55_sux@worldofnecromancer_no_spam_no_way.org> wrote:
    >> On Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:53:03 -0400, "C. E. White"
    >>
    >> <cewhi...@removemindspring.com> wrote:
    >>> Bill Heard Enterprises closes its doors
    >>> Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the world's top-selling Chevrolet
    >>> dealership group, is closing the doors at its 13 stores today, the
    >>> company said in a statement. The company notified the stores general
    >>> managers at 2 p.m. today, said a source familiar with the situation,
    >>> who spoke anonymously. High fuel prices, canceled floorplanning from
    >>> GMAC Financial Services, a reliance on sales of pickups ...

    >> And this:
    >>
    >> "As MBJ sister paper Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in July 2007,
    >> Bill Heard faced a $50 million deceptive advertising lawsuit and was
    >> bombarded with a litany of complaints from consumers in the states
    >> where it operated."
    >>

    >
    >
    > Thanks for the little piece of info. Otherwise, the Jim Higgins' of
    > the world might otherwise try to use the closing of these dealerships
    > as proof that Chevys are not selling anymore.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >> Ref:http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/s...2/daily19.html
    >>
    >> --
    >> "When you can't afford the gas to drive to the job
    >> that you are fixing to lose to pay for the house you
    >> can't afford... That's pretty much the recession
    >> tri-fecta..."
    >> --Jay Leno

    >


    Petty individuals project their inadequacies onto others rather than
    examine facts objectively. Your failure.

    --
    Civis Romanus Sum

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    krp
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    <coachrose13@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:e9d34094-6617-42c9-a15d-59405d58da18@m3g2000hsc.googlegroups.com...

    > >Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the world's top-selling Chevrolet
    > >dealership group, is closing the doors at its 13 stores today, the
    > >company said in a statement. The company notified the stores general
    > >managers at 2 p.m. today, said a source familiar with the situation,
    > >who spoke anonymously. High fuel prices, canceled floorplanning from
    > >GMAC Financial Services, a reliance on sales of pickups ...

    >
    > And this:
    >
    > "As MBJ sister paper Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in July 2007,
    > Bill Heard faced a $50 million deceptive advertising lawsuit and was
    > bombarded with a litany of complaints from consumers in the states
    > where it operated."


    < Thanks for the little piece of info. Otherwise, the Jim Higgins' of
    < the world might otherwise try to use the closing of these dealerships
    < as proof that Chevys are not selling anymore

    Chevy is getting its ass kicked in cars by Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
    Same with pickups. SUV sales are in the toilet for everyone. Except the
    small SUV's.
    Chevy has been building junk since the 60's. Brand loyalty is rapidly
    evaporating. Their market share is the incredible shrinking woman. Chevrolet
    excited folks with the prototype concept car the "Volt" and then the Harvard
    MBA's at GM redesigned it from a 400 mile range to 40 miles and they wonder
    WHY the queue to order them evaporated overnight. NEVER buy a car designed
    by a Harvard MBA!





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    80_Knight
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    Default Re: Largest Chevrolet Dealer Group CLosing Doors

    " krp" <krp21@verizon.net> wrote in message
    news:MHHCk.1265$Jw.114@nwrddc02.gnilink.net...
    >
    > <coachrose13@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:e9d34094-6617-42c9-a15d-59405d58da18@m3g2000hsc.googlegroups.com...
    >
    >> >Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the world's top-selling Chevrolet
    >> >dealership group, is closing the doors at its 13 stores today, the
    >> >company said in a statement. The company notified the stores general
    >> >managers at 2 p.m. today, said a source familiar with the situation,
    >> >who spoke anonymously. High fuel prices, canceled floorplanning from
    >> >GMAC Financial Services, a reliance on sales of pickups ...

    >>
    >> And this:
    >>
    >> "As MBJ sister paper Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in July 2007,
    >> Bill Heard faced a $50 million deceptive advertising lawsuit and was
    >> bombarded with a litany of complaints from consumers in the states
    >> where it operated."

    >
    > < Thanks for the little piece of info. Otherwise, the Jim Higgins' of
    > < the world might otherwise try to use the closing of these dealerships
    > < as proof that Chevys are not selling anymore
    >
    > Chevy is getting its ass kicked in cars by Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
    > Same with pickups. SUV sales are in the toilet for everyone. Except the
    > small SUV's.
    > Chevy has been building junk since the 60's. Brand loyalty is rapidly
    > evaporating. Their market share is the incredible shrinking woman.
    > Chevrolet excited folks with the prototype concept car the "Volt" and then
    > the Harvard MBA's at GM redesigned it from a 400 mile range to 40 miles
    > and they wonder WHY the queue to order them evaporated overnight. NEVER
    > buy a car designed by a Harvard MBA!


    You know, you're right. The top rated Chevy Malibu and Impala are junk, as
    is the new Camaro. <sarcasm>
    You are a Moron.



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    krp
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    "80_Knight" <nospam@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news_mdneyeNrDNBEbVnZ2dnUVZ_sbinZ2d@giganews.com...

    >>> >Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the world's top-selling Chevrolet
    >>> >dealership group, is closing the doors at its 13 stores today, the
    >>> >company said in a statement. The company notified the stores general
    >>> >managers at 2 p.m. today, said a source familiar with the situation,
    >>> >who spoke anonymously. High fuel prices, canceled floorplanning from
    >>> >GMAC Financial Services, a reliance on sales of pickups ...
    >>>
    >>> And this:
    >>>
    >>> "As MBJ sister paper Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in July 2007,
    >>> Bill Heard faced a $50 million deceptive advertising lawsuit and was
    >>> bombarded with a litany of complaints from consumers in the states
    >>> where it operated."

    >>
    >> < Thanks for the little piece of info. Otherwise, the Jim Higgins' of
    >> < the world might otherwise try to use the closing of these dealerships
    >> < as proof that Chevys are not selling anymore
    >>
    >> Chevy is getting its ass kicked in cars by Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
    >> Same with pickups. SUV sales are in the toilet for everyone. Except the
    >> small SUV's.
    >> Chevy has been building junk since the 60's. Brand loyalty is rapidly
    >> evaporating. Their market share is the incredible shrinking woman.
    >> Chevrolet excited folks with the prototype concept car the "Volt" and
    >> then the Harvard MBA's at GM redesigned it from a 400 mile range to 40
    >> miles and they wonder WHY the queue to order them evaporated overnight.
    >> NEVER buy a car designed by a Harvard MBA!


    > You know, you're right. The top rated Chevy Malibu and Impala are junk,
    > as is the new Camaro. <sarcasm> You are a Moron.


    Thank you for your valuable opinion. Your wit and insight are greatly
    appreciated. Top rated by WHO?



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    krp
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    "Gosi" <gosinn@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:da4dc869-e7ad-440d-a8c9-9f05685fd5c9@a70g2000hsh.googlegroups.com...

    > > >Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the world's top-selling Chevrolet
    > > >dealership group, is closing the doors at its 13 stores today, the
    > > >company said in a statement. The company notified the stores general
    > > >managers at 2 p.m. today, said a source familiar with the situation,
    > > >who spoke anonymously. High fuel prices, canceled floorplanning from
    > > >GMAC Financial Services, a reliance on sales of pickups ...

    >
    > > And this:

    >
    > > "As MBJ sister paper Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in July 2007,
    > > Bill Heard faced a $50 million deceptive advertising lawsuit and was
    > > bombarded with a litany of complaints from consumers in the states
    > > where it operated."

    >
    > < Thanks for the little piece of info. Otherwise, the Jim Higgins' of
    > < the world might otherwise try to use the closing of these dealerships
    > < as proof that Chevys are not selling anymore
    >
    > Chevy is getting its ass kicked in cars by Toyota, Honda and Nissan.
    > Same with pickups. SUV sales are in the toilet for everyone. Except the
    > small SUV's.
    > Chevy has been building junk since the 60's. Brand loyalty is rapidly
    > evaporating. Their market share is the incredible shrinking woman.
    > Chevrolet
    > excited folks with the prototype concept car the "Volt" and then the
    > Harvard
    > MBA's at GM redesigned it from a 400 mile range to 40 miles and they
    > wonder
    > WHY the queue to order them evaporated overnight. NEVER buy a car designed
    > by a Harvard MBA!


    "they would actually say in the weekly sales meetings, “do anything,
    say anything, promise anything, lie if you have to, just get the
    people on paper, we’ll worry about the problems later”.

    “Attorney Barry Weathers calls Bill Heard “a cancer on the community”
    and says the problems reflect the company’s corporate culture. ”

    You are talking about many Chevy and Ford dealers. Chrysler kind of
    cleaned that up some, but screwing people has been their strong suit for the
    past 75 years or so.That's why I drive a HONDA.



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    adventuremyk
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    On Wed, 24 Sep 2008 20:44:06 -0700 (PDT), coachrose13@hotmail.com
    wrote:

    >On Sep 24, 5:06*pm, necromancer
    ><55_sux@worldofnecromancer_no_spam_no_way.org> wrote:
    >> On Wed, 24 Sep 2008 16:53:03 -0400, "C. E. White"
    >>
    >> <cewhi...@removemindspring.com> wrote:
    >> >Bill Heard Enterprises closes its doors

    >>
    >> >Bill Heard Enterprises Inc., the world's top-selling Chevrolet
    >> >dealership group, is closing the doors at its 13 stores today, the
    >> >company said in a statement. The company notified the stores general
    >> >managers at 2 p.m. today, said a source familiar with the situation,
    >> >who spoke anonymously. High fuel prices, canceled floorplanning from
    >> >GMAC Financial Services, a reliance on sales of pickups *...

    >>
    >> And this:
    >>
    >> "As MBJ sister paper Atlanta Business Chronicle reported in July 2007,
    >> Bill Heard faced a $50 million deceptive advertising lawsuit and was
    >> bombarded with a litany of complaints from consumers in the states
    >> where it operated."

    >Thanks for the little piece of info. Otherwise, the Jim Higgins' of
    >the world might otherwise try to use the closing of these dealerships
    >as proof that Chevys are not selling anymore.


    I'm not sure who Jim Higgins is, but around here the three oldest
    Chevy/GM dealers are in trouble of closing and one Ford dealer just
    did. They went from selling 300-360 cars a month every month to
    scraping for 60-70 cars each the last 6 months. They have already
    shut down the used car departments, laid off a lot of employee's and
    drawn everything back to just the new car showroom. They are trying to
    avoid taking on new inventory and are doing their best to make money
    on the used cars (which is about the only way they can these days).

    I did see another post about how horrible many of the GM/Ford
    dealerships are run and 'that's why I drive a Honda', yet Honda
    frequently has the worst rated sales practices of 'this is the price,
    take it or leave it. In fact, get the hell out and we'll sell it to
    someone else' of any marque out there. Btw, we do have a Honda and it
    took going to three Stealerships to find one Dealership.

    You can't really rate a brand of car for having bad dealers and
    another brand for having good ones. In this day and time where
    desperation is the rule for those dealers, it has become an 'anything
    goes to keep te lights on' frenzy and I can not think of a brand that
    has been spared.

    Simply walking into a dealership, especially a large one used to
    turning 250-350 cars a month and is now down to a 50-70 range, is
    pretty depressing. The last time I went into a local Ford dealer
    (dont' worry, it was a Toyota Tacoma in their used line that I wanted
    to see), there were 3 people fighting, and yes, I mean pushing and
    shoving, over who's turn it was to 'up' me. I simply bypassed the
    three, walked in the front doors and no less than 14 sales people were
    sitting around a large table, ALL of them with the expression of
    defeat and failure blazened across their faces. It would take little
    to have imagined tattoos on their foreheads reading "Too Deep in the
    Bucket" "Wife left" "Bills 6 months behind" "Car was repod" "House is
    in Foreclosure" etc. It was seriously depressing as an atmosphere
    and the sheer desperation drove me out of the place before I could
    even ask about the truck.

    If I recall it was about 6pm on a bright, clear Wed or Thur afternoon
    and I was the ONLY customer on the lot. Evidently, I had been the
    only customer to even drive in within the last 3 hours...

    I did hear from a few sales reps in marketting and advertising that
    some of the dealers have literally had them thrown out of the
    dealerships. Yep, times are screwed.

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    C. E. White
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    " krp" <krp21@verizon.net> wrote in message
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    > You are talking about many Chevy and Ford dealers. Chrysler kind
    > of cleaned that up some, but screwing people has been their strong
    > suit for the past 75 years or so.That's why I drive a HONDA.


    Now that is a laugh. Two of the most crooked dealers I know got in
    trouble selling Hondas. Check out what Rick Hendrick went to jail for
    (well until Clinton pardoned him). The local Honda dealer has been
    robbing people blind for at least 30 years. I refuse to even go on
    their lot. By comparison most of the local GM and Ford dealers are
    saints. To buy a Honda I have to go at least 50 miles to find an
    honest (or at least mostly honest) dealer. There are three or four
    Ford/Mercury dealers and at least that many GM dealers I would trust
    within 10 miles. And don't get me started on the crummy local Toyota
    dealers. The nearest decent Toyota dealer is 40 miles away. I can't
    comment on Chrysler dealers, they don't make anything I'd consider
    buying. Last time I bought a Plymouth was 1981 and that dealer went
    broke at least 15 years ago.

    Ed


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