June 1, 2009 The End of the Local Car Dealer?
The topic of the day for the NY Times Room for Debate blog is: “Goodbye to the Local Car Dealer. Now What?” The blog includes the comments from four perspectives:
- Maryann Kellyer, financial analyst — Argues that era of car buyers wanting to shop close at home where they know the car salesman and/or owner is gone.
- Randi Payton, CEO of On Wheels, Inc. — Argues that the shutting down of one dealership is devastating to local communities, creating a loss of jobs and reducing the tax base.
- Michael Smitka, professor of economics at Washington and Lee University — Discusses the changing landscape of the auto industry competition.
- Pauls Toutonghi, English teacher at Lewis and Clark — Writes about his dad, a former car salesman, and his perspective on US manufactured cars being the backbone of America.