Chenango dealers appear safe from GM cuts

NORWICH – Chenango County’s General Motors dealers said they have not been notified of any changes in their franchise agreements.

GM announced plans to cut 1,100 of its dealers Friday, but did not release a list, leaving it up to individual dealers to release the information.

The area’s four GM dealers include Benedict Corporation and Christman Motors in Norwich, McCredy Motors in Sherburne and Scoville-Meno in Bainbridge.

Including Chrysler’s decision a day earlier to eliminate a quarter of its own, about 1,100 GM dealerships learned in a matter of 48 hours Friday that they would be forced either to sell fewer brands or close altogether.

The GM dealerships will be eliminated when their contracts end late next year.

“We’re 98 years old. We’re two years from a hundred, and I don’t want to go out at 99 years,” said Alan Bigelow, whose family runs a Cleveland-area Chevrolet dealer that learned it was on GM’s hit list.

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