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Seidle Chevrolet Sign Removed; No One’s Talking

Monday, November 25, 2019 @ 12:11 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

Seidle 1CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Ever since a sign was posted on August 15, 2019, that Seidle Chevrolet Buick GMC was closing sales, and the dealership completely closed about three weeks later, some hope remained that the dealership might open under different ownership. However, over three months later, no one is talking about the dealership.

(Photos by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.)

Last week the iconic dealership sign was taken down, and a handwritten closed sign remains on the front door of the dealership.

Attempts to contact the dealership at 814-226-8300 offered only a message that the mailbox is not in service. The website of seidlechevy.com states that the server can’t be found. The separate Seidle auto body shop also remains closed.

Gaining a GM dealership is a complicated process, and GM controls who is awarded a franchise.

Tom Seidle, the manager who was fired by his mother Doris three weeks before the closing of the business, explained the process during an interview in August of this year.

“The property owner, which is my mother, is in control of the sale of the property, and General Motors control the franchise,” said Tom Seidle. “GM has a lot of control over the franchise and who would own it next. There would be two different sales, one of the property and one of the franchise. You have to be qualified, or they’re not going to let you buy it.”

Under the GM franchise agreements, any other GM franchise holders in the area must be notified if another franchise is awarded. To date, no such announcement has been made, according to a reputable source.

“It’s a personal thing,” alleged Tom. “My mother essentially told me I’m either buying the place, or I’m fired.”

Tom could not be reached to comment on recent developments.

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