Louisville Chevrolet dealer fights GM request to close



Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 3:07 PM

(WHAS11) - Buddy Peacock's Chevrolet dealership got a letter from GM just in May ago telling them that the company will be shutting them down.

Eight other GM dealerships in the state of Kentucky also got this notice but the difference is, this one is refusing to close.

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"We want to thank you for your encouragement. You have already made a big difference to us at Springhurst Chevrolet. With your support we'll continue to fight," said Peacock in a commercial for his dealership.

It's the first commercial Buddy Peacock has ever been in, but he says, it's probably the most important one he's ever put on television.

At a time when GM dealerships all over the country are closing as a result of General Motor's bankruptcy, he says he's staying open even though the company has already told him to close down.

The public has helped us quite a lot. The outcry from the public is great," said Peacock of Springhurst Chevrolet.

And he says, it's all because of the commercial where he literally asks for the public's help.

"The commercial was basically an outcry to the public because after I announced we had the letter, you would not believe the amount of people that came in and our business picked up and people started buying cars and just coming by and supporting us," added Peacock.

He's appealing GM's decision to close his dealership, but has to keep selling cars, even in this tough economy to change GM's decision.

And through it all, he's staying positive.

"Every day you come in and there's a different obstacle and you jump it, take it, and keep running."

Buddy is currently in the appeal process to keep this dealership open.

Either way, he will remain in operation at least through October 2010.